The Biggest Aviation Mystery – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — Ten years ago, aviation witnessed its biggest mystery: The Malaysia Airlines (MH) Flight MH370 disappeared.

On March 8th, 2014, the Boeing 777-200(ER) with registration 9M-MRO was being prepared at Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL) for Flight MH370 to Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) in China. This was supposed to be a routine flight; one of the two operated that day. Flight MH370 was scheduled to leave Kuala Lumpur at 00:35 local time with 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

At 00:41, flight MH370 left KUL bound for PEK; this was probably the last time someone saw that Boeing 777. The flight was normal till 01:22 when the plane was supposed to contact Ho Chi Minh Radar, but it disappeared from the Malaysian radar and never contacted Vietnamese Air Control. At this point, no one knew where the plane was; even the Vietnamese Air Traffic Controllers could not see the aircraft.

The Malaysian Primary Military Radar detected the plane for another hour, tracking it after deviations from the flight path and crossing the Malay Peninsula and the Andaman Sea, where it was finally lost at 200nm of Penang Island in Peninsular Malaysia.

At 02:40, the Vietnamese Air Traffic Controllers reported to MH that their aircraft had disappeared from the radars. Soon after, Malaysia started the search, which slowly became the biggest multinational aircraft search in aviation history, conformed by Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Chronological Sequence of Events of Disappearance of MH370. Photo: Malaysian Ministry of Transport

The Aircraft Involved

The aircraft was a Boeing 777-2H6(ER) with Serial Number 28420, delivered to Malaysia Airlines on May 31, 2002. It was 11.8 years old at the moment of the accident and MH was the sole owner of this plane.

The Boeing 777 involved in the accident was equipped with a pair of Roll-Royce Trent 892 and was configured to carry 282 passengers, 35 in business…

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