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Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 0042 MYT on Saturday, 8 March 2014.

The two Flight Crew and ten Cabin Crew were all Malaysian. Of the 227 passengers, thirty-eight were Malaysian.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER was registered in Malaysia as 9M-MRO.

The aircraft was headed from Malaysia to Beijing so the first segment of the flight was in the Malaysian region under the authority of the air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur.

The aircraft was tracked by Malaysian civilian radar and Malaysian military radar.

The Kuala Lumpur Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (KL ARCC) was activated at 5:30 am (MYT). A DETRESFA message was sent by the KL ARCC at 06:32am (MYT).

The initial search area was in the South China Sea and the first Malaysian aircraft to head to that area took off at 11:30 am (MYT). Malaysia deployed 10 aircraft and 19 ships to search East of Malaysia.

The Malaysian Government established a Joint Investigation Team[1] including experts from other countries and Malaysia continued to be involved in the surface search for MH370, west of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea then in the Indian Ocean when the 'southern corridor' was defined, and later in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Malaysian Government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the governments of the People's Republic of China and Australia, forming a Tripartite and a cost sharing arrangement. Malaysia contributed 58% of the cost of the underwater search and, in addition, directly funded the cost of the vessel Go Phoenix[2].

The Royal Malaysian Police commenced a criminal investigation into the loss of flight MH370.

The Department of Transport (Malaysia) instituted an independent international Investigation Team known as The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370.

Several of the most significant announcements related to flight MH370, such as the news that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean were made by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. Malaysian citizens across all levels of society and government have been affected by the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Further detail is provided in articles indexed below:-

Index of articles related to Malaysia and Flight MH370

Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
KLIA and MH370
Office of the Prime Minister
Pejabat Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister's Office)
Ministry of Transport
Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia
Air Accident Investigation Bureau​ (Malaysia)
MH370 Official Site
The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370
The Safety Investigation Report (2018) can be accessed from the MoT site at
Search Costs
News Item 9 June 2014
Malaysian Legislation and MH370
Malaysian Legislation and MH370
Royal Malaysian Police
Criminal Investigation by the Royal Malaysian Police
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was requested by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to provide assistance in their investigation into Flight MH370.
See Also:-
Timelines for the Response to loss of MH370 Timeline/Response
Timelines for the Search for MH370 Timeline/Search

  1. "Early in the surface search the Malaysian Government convened the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising experts from the People’s Republic of China, France, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States and Malaysian Government officials. Soon after, a satellite communications working group (SATCOM WG) was also formed and included experts from Inmarsat and Thales. These groups of experts worked together to provide advice to the Malaysian Government on the surface search areas." Source: The Operational Search for MH370 ATSB
  2. Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), The Operational Search for MH370, 2017