April 29th, 2014
10:22 AM ET

Malaysian Officials Share Their Timeline of Flight 370's Final Communication

On Tuesday, Malaysian officials briefed family members in Beijing on the latest developments in the search for missing Flight 370.

In that meeting, authorities shared never-before released audio of Malaysia Flight 370's final conversation with a control tower in Kuala Lumpur, as well as an official timeline of communication between radar stations and Flight 370.

Here is that timeline as reported by CNN's Ivan Watson:

12:41 AM: The plane took off

2:03 AM: Malaysian Airlines Operational Dispatch Center sent a message to the plane requesting the cockpit contact ground control in Ho Chi Minh,Vietnam. No reply from cockpit

2:22 AM: Last time MH370 appeared on Royal Malaysia Air Force radar

6:30 AM: The time when MH370 was scheduled to land at Beijing airport

7:13 AM: Malaysian Airlines Operational Dispatch Center made a call to MH370. They didn't get an answer

8:19 AM: MH370 made a last and final "partial handshake" with Inmarsat satellite

On Tuesday, Malaysian officials briefed family members in Beijing.

Malaysian officials brief family members in Beijing.



Sara Bajc, partner of Flight 370 passenger Philip Wood, said while this information was a great first step, "transcripts or recordings don’t really help us find the airplane."

Bajc said the families will continue to press Malaysian officials for raw data and not just their analysis of the data.

Do you think Malaysian authorities have released appropriate information to the public in a timely manner?


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