Final MH370 report spells out exactly why missing flight has never been found


– Flying a commonly used route, MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12.21am March 8, 2014, and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am


– The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12

– The flight manifest includes 14 nationalities. Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese

– Veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah headed an all-Malaysian crew

– Seven people from Australia were on board: Rodney and Mary Burrows; Catherine and Robert Lawton; Li Yuan; Gu Naijun; and New Zealander Paul Weeks


– Less than an hour after take-off, contact with the plane was lost

– ‘Good night Malaysian three seven zero’ were the last words spoken from the cockpit

– No distress signal was transmitted

– Malaysian authorities said the aircraft’s transponders were manually shut off as it crossed from Malaysian into Vietnamese airspace

– Analysis of flight data led search authorities to believe the plane headed to the Southern Indian Ocean and crashed into the sea

– In March 2016, it was announced that two pieces of debris found off the coast of east Africa were consistent with panels from the Boeing 777 aircraft

– The search was called off in January 2017 before Malaysia agreed to a ‘no find, no fee’ deal with Ocean Infinity, a private company that searched from January until calling it off in May, 2018

– On July 30 2018, investigators said they had not been able to conclusively determine the cause of the plane crash, but they did not believe the pilot was behind the change in direction and ‘unlawful interference by a third party’ could not be ruled out.

 Source: AAP