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The United Kingdom and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

On Saturday, 8 March 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:42 am (MYT) and was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am (MYT). The Boeing 777-200ER was carrying 12 crew and 227 passengers. Communication with the aircraft was lost when it was in the vicinity of waypoint IGARI over the South China Sea. Instead of proceeding toward Vietnam en-route to China the aircraft made a turn-back west across the Malay Peninsula; changed direction again and flew north west towards the Andaman Sea; and then turned south. Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

The United Kingdom contributed to the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

When the Malaysian Government instituted an independent international Investigation Team known as The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, the United Kingdom appointed an Accredited Representative from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Statements related to MH370 and MH17

The websites of all government departments in the United Kingdom, and many other agencies and public bodies have been merged into a portal with the url https://www.gov.uk/ .

Use the Search block below the Welcome to GOV.UK on the portal home page and enter criteria such as MH370 or MH17 to return a list of results.

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United Kingdom, England, or Great Britain?

This short note is prompted by the anomaly that the Country Code for the United Kingdom is GB or GBR, which is an historical reference to the island of Great Britain which includes England, Wales and Scotland. The country known as the United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The name, United Kingdom is often abbreviated UK.

The article Great Britain vs. UK vs. England: Learn The Difference provides a good overview.