MH 370 Flight & Routine Details
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370(MH 370), a Boeing 777-200ER, was a regular passenger flight departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on 8 March 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crews on-board. It mysteriously vanished from radars and lost contact with all air traffic controllers worldwide. Background
The aircraft took off at about 00:40 local time (MYT; UTC +08:00) and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 in the morning.
The crew of MH 370 was expected to contact the air traffic controller (ATC) in Ho-Chi-Minh as the aircraft progressively entered the Vietnamese airspace. However it failed to do so. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur…show more content… Investigation Findings
It was found that the Boeing 777-200ER have incurred a minor incident while taxiing in Shanghai Pudong International Airport in August 2012 that resulted in a broken wingtip. However it had been subsequently repaired by Boeing. The last maintenance check on the aircraft on 23 February 2014 indicated that the aircraft was in good airworthiness condition for flight.
Investigation findings found that the transponders in the aircraft were manually switched off during the course when MH 370 is entering into the Vietnamese airspace. Transponder transmit information such as flight number and aircraft position to controllers on the ground. It helps controller on the ground to locate the precise location of the aircraft. The aircraft was also seen changing its flight course before it disappeared on the radar.
Furthermore, the Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System(ACARS) was switched off 2 minutes after the transponders were down, increasing the difficulty to track the aircraft position.