A plane carrying passengers and crew from the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared from radar screens on Sunday morning and has been missing since March 4, but some clues are beginning to emerge.
The Malaysian air force has confirmed it was flying the Boeing 777-200, and said the aircraft was heading to Beijing.
The airline said in a statement: The Malaysian Air Force has confirmed that they are flying the flight MH370.
The aircraft was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on time, and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 8.15am local time (1.15pm BST).
However, the flight was diverted to the west coast of Australia and it took the crew more than four hours to reach Beijing.
A team of air traffic controllers on board the flight found no trace of the plane, and the Malaysian authorities say there are no indications of a crash.
Aircraft and crew are not being searched because of the high visibility, the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority (MCA) said on Sunday.
Malaysia has confirmed two bodies have been found and there are signs of wreckage on the ocean floor.
A search of the southern Indian Ocean is being launched, but it has not been confirmed whether the plane was in the area.
“The investigation into the fate of MH370 will continue until the aircraft has been located, but the investigation into MH370 has not concluded.
It is likely that a plane will continue to be lost in the Indian Ocean until it is found,” the MCA said in its statement.
Malay officials said there was a possibility the plane may have crashed in the southern part of the Indian ocean, but that it is still unclear.
“It is very difficult to say definitively because the plane’s position is so far away from where it crashed,” said Aseem Malhotra, a professor of civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Malasia’s aviation industry is one of the most important industries in the world.
It generates almost half of the country’s exports, employs about 10 million people and provides services for more than a billion people.
The last major crash involving a plane on its way to Beijing was in March this year, when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared over the Indian coast of Assam, killing all 224 people on board.
Malayan officials said they believe the plane flew over the Maldives and then into the southern Gulf of Aden.