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Flight MH370

An act of terror or a tragic mishap? The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that vanished between Malaysia and Vietnam with 239 people about an hour after taking off on 8 March.

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The Search for MH370

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Royal Australian Air Force personnel launch a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 20, 2014. (AFP/Leading Seaman Justin Brown)

Two men conducting pre-deployment checks on the Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis off the deck of Australian Defence vessel "Ocean Shield" to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean. (AFP/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE/LSIS BRADLEY DARVILL)

The US Navy's Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) conducting a replenishment-at-sea to support the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AFP/US NAVY/Master Capt. Rollin J. Bellfi)

File photo: Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield moving US Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AFP/MC1 Peter D. Blair)

File photo: A Bluefin Robotics submarine is being placed onto the deck of a boat. The mini-submarine was sent to help locate the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 by using its side-scan sonar. (AP/Scott Eisen)

Able Seaman Clearance Divers from the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield scanning the water for debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean on April 7. (AFP/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE/LEUT RYAN DAVIS)

Map of area where four signals (pings) were picked up in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 (photo: JACC, Australia)

File photo: The Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle is hoisted back on board Australia's Ocean Shield. (AFP/MC1 Peter D. Blair)

A fast response craft manned by members of ADV Ocean Shield's crew and Navy personnel pass by the starboard side of the ship as the boat searches the ocean for Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean on April 7, 2014 (AFP/LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Angus Houston, head of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre leading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, displays a graphic of the search area during a media conference in Perth on April 7, 2014. (AFP/ Greg WOOD)

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston (C) updates the international media at Pearce Airbase in Bullsbrook, 35 km north of Perth, on the search for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, halted by bad weather (AFP/ Greg WOOD)

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari (centre L) and Md Nor Yusof (centre R), chairman of Malaysia Airlines at a press conference at Kuala Lumpur Intenational Airport (KLIA) after Monday night's announcement on the missing passenger jet MH370 (AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) delivers a statement on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Najib says new satellite analysis of MH370's path placed its last position in the southern Indian Ocean. (AFP PHOTO/MOHD RASFAN)

A crew member steps off a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion upon its return from a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean, at the Royal Australian Air Force base Pearce in Perth, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP/Jason Reed, Pool)

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) graphic of an area in the southern Indian Ocean that the AMSA is concentrating its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 (AP/Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

Satellite images of objects in the Indian Ocean which may be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared en route to Beijing early on March 8. (AFP/Australian Government's Department of Defence via the Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

Air Commodore John McGarry (L) and John Young, Australian Maritime Safety Authority emergency response general manager, in Canberra on March 20, 2014 speaking to the media on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (AFP/Mark GRAHAM)

The two pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah (L) and his first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid.

Malaysia's Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (2nd R) gestures as he answers questions during a press conference at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 17, 2013. (AFP/Manan Vatsysyana)

Malaysia's Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein shows maps during a press conference at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 17, 2013. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Security guards stand in front of the main gate house of the area where captain Zahari Ahmad Shah lives, the pilot captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane, in Shah Alam on March 15, 2014 (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Crew members in a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue (SAR) operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the Strait of Malacca. (AFP/ MOHD RASFAN)

A Royal Malaysian Air Force navigator captain, Izam Fareq Hassan, works on a map onboard a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the Strait of Malacca on March 14, 2014. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Crew members look out the windows from a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the Strait of Malacca on March 14, 2014. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

A Royal Malaysian Navy ship, KD Selangor is seen from onboard Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue (SAR) operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the Strait of Malacca on March 14, 2014. (AFP/ MOHD RASFAN)

A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The RSAF has despatched a Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to help in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Straits of Malacca as international search efforts intensify. (Photo: RSAF Facebook)

This picture taken aboard a Vietnam Air Force Russian-made MI-17 helicopter shows a crew member (R) and a coast guard officer during a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the U Minh jungle in southern province of Ca Mau on March 13, 2014. (AFP/Bao Minh)

Indonesian Air Force personnel aboard an Indonesian Air Force military surveillance aircraft over the Malacca Strait, a sea passageway between Indonesia and Malaysia, while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane. (AFP/Indonesian Air Force)

China's Xinhua News Agency reported that satellite images show suspected debris (next to the red arrow) from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet floating off the southern tip of Vietnam. (AP Photo/Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense)

Vietnamese Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Le Minh Thanh points at a map to show the area where Vietnam is conducting search activities for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, in Phu Quoc island. (AFP/Le Quang Nhat)

A member of the Indonesian Air Force at the Medan city military base inspects the Indonesian military search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on March 12, 2014 in the area of the Malacca Strait. (AFP/ATAR)

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Kenneth Noble (2nd R) with Police Services Exec Director Jean-Michel Louboutin (R), Director of Operational Police Support Michel O'Connell (L) & Chief of Staff Roraima Andriani (2nd L) during a news conference at Interpol HQ in Lyon, France. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

Members of the media take pictures as Malaysian police officials (C and R) display photographs of one of the two men who boarded missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight using stolen European passports at a news conference near KLIA in Sepang on March 11, 2014. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

A crew member in a Vietnamese Air Force Russian-made MI-171 helicopter checking a map during a search flight some 200 km over the Vietnamese waters off Vietnam's island Phu Quoc as part of continued efforts aimed at finding traces of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370. (AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam)

File photo: SAF continue in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight with two C-130 aircraft and military personnel on March 11. The C-130 carry orange bags (at the back of the plane) containing life rafts in case survivors are spotted. (photo: Dylan Loh, Channel NewsAsia)

For a fourth day, Singapore Air Force teams take off in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370. Using SAF C-130 planes, two teams join the day-long search operations held off the Malaysian coast. (photo: Dylan Loh, Channel NewsAsia)

Indonesian Navy pilots conduct an aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the waters bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on March 10, 2014. (AFP/ATAR)

Director General of Civil Aviation Dept Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (C) speaks about the expanded new search & rescue area as MAS Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (R) and Malaysia Royal Airforce Major General Afendi Buang (L) listen during a news conference at a hotel in Sepang. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

A Vietnamese Air Force seaplane (top) takes off for a search and rescue mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 off Vietnam's southern coastline, as a helicopter taxis on the tarmac at a military base on the southern island of Phu Quoc on March 10, 2014. (AFP/Le Quang Nhat)

Residents look at ships anchored at a local naval base at Phu Quoc island, in the waters of southern Vietnam, where oil slicks were reported by search planes in the sea near where a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people mysteriously vanished.(AFP PHOTO/LE QUANG NHAT)

A Vietnamese Air Force search aircraft looks for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 9, 2014 (AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam)

This aerial picture taken from aboard a Soviet-made AN-26 used as a search aircraft by Vietnamese Air Force to look for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, shows an Air Force officer looking out a window off Vietnam on March 9, 2014 AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam

Photo released by the Philippine Military Western Command shows personnel planning search and rescue operations for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa in the Philippines on March 8, 2014 (AFP/Western Command)

Supplies being loaded onto the MV Swift Rescue before its departure on Sunday morning. The Singapore Armed Forces has deployed more assets to assist in the search-and-locate operation for the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane. (Photo: MINDEF)

The Republic of Singapore Navy has sent a frigate, a missile corvette and a Sikorsky S-70B Naval Helicopter to assist in the ongoing efforts to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. (Photo: Republic of Singapore Navy Facebook page)

A U.S. Navy helicopter aboard Destroyer USS Pinckney for a crew swap before returning to a search and rescue mission for the missing Malaysian airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand on March 9. (AP Photo/Navy Media Content Service, Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman)

An Orion patrol craft departs from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, joins the search efforts for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 on Sunday. The plane has been missing since early Saturday morning after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, right, speaks during a Saturday, March 8 news conference at a hotel in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur. He confirmed that Malaysia was in contact with US agency the FBI, sparking terrorism speculation over the missing plane.(AP Photo)

A message "Pray for MH370" is shown by mobile messaging app WeChat at Kuala Lumpur International Airport  where relatives and media are camped out after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 239 people disappared over the South China Sea early Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Chinese police stand beside the arrival board showing the flight MH370 (top-red) at the Beijing Airport after news that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared on March 8, 2014. (AFP/Mark RALSTON)

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