Sydney, Mar 8: Malaysian airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board went missing while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
The flight was scheduled to land in Beijing roughly, but it disappeared from the radar screens some 40 minutes after takeoff.
Here are some facts you need to know about the missing plane
- According to analysis of satellite data, the plane continued to fly for over six hours after contact was lost.
- The data also indicates it entered the sea close to a long but narrow arc of the southern Indian Ocean.
- Malaysian government launched an extensive sea and air search to find out the missing aircraft. Later it accepted Australia's offer to take the lead in the search and recovery operation.
- On behalf of Australia, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is leading search operations for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
- The Indian Ocean remains the biggest and longest search area.
- An unmanned submarine known as Bluefin-21, which uses side-scan sonar to capture images of the ocean bottom, is deployed in the search operation.
- Despite an extensive search operation, the MH370 continues to be in hide.
- So far only one piece of debris found in July last year on Reunion Island east of Madagascar has been confirmed as belonging to the plane.
- The search team led by Australia has been combing a 120,000 sq km area of seabed about 2,000km off the coast of Perth.
- With an aim to find the missing flight, Australia had refined the search area. The scope of the search has been changed many times.
- The hi-tech search operation is expected to get over by July this year if no wreckage is found.
- On March 2, 2016, a piece of suspected MH370 debris is found on a sandbank off Mozambique by American lawyer, Blaine Gibson, who is on a self-funded mission to find the plane.