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March 21st, 2014
05:38 PM ET

When will Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 be found?

It's been 15 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing and nearing the third day of a search  Australian authorities say could be related to the missing aircraft.

The bulk of the search for Flight 370 is concentrated in the Southern Indian Ocean, where a commercial satellite photographed objects that Australian authorities call the best lead yet on where the missing plane might be.

The massive search area is more than 1,400 miles southwest of Australia. So far, the search has turned up nothing but water.

When will we find the missing jet? Take our OutFront poll.

How did we get to here?

Timeline:

12:41 a.m. March 8th – Flight 370 takes off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing

1:07 a.m. Flight 370 is over the gulf of Thailand, final ACARS message received by air traffic control

1:19 a.m. MH370's co-pilot tells traffic control: "All right, good night"

1:21 a.m. Radar transponder cuts out

1:21 a.m. – 1:28 a.m.  Thailand military radar detects course change - they say Flight 370 made a left turn back to the Malay peninsula to the west and south

1:30 a.m. Air traffic controller lose contact with Flight 370

2:15 a.m. Malaysian military radar detects what they believe to be MH370, hundreds of miles off-course

8:11 a.m. According to a satellite ping, investigators believe the plane turned either North or South

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  1. GK

    Hi Reader,

    I am asking myself, if an extensive and belated rescue search would justify one or more of additional safety features to come in avionics. For example, train engineers have to exercise frequently a "dead-man's switch". That could be done also as an electronic feature and does not necessarily have to be a mechanical switch. Another simple feature would be frequent requests to the airplane in flight to relay its current location obtained from GPS satellites. Or, if not frequent, at least upon request by the control towers that are expecting the flight to pop up on their radar within a specific elapse time. Even better would be remotely turning on the on-board airplane computer and controls, which I believe is doable already. Sadly, authorities are either not willing to update aircrafts for whatever reason, so rescue missions can react in emergencies without relying on guesswork. By the way, there are a ton of satellites orbiting the earth with a slight spatial offset to the Inmarsat satellite that had received 'pings'. Is anyone checking, if another satellite had picked up those pings as well. Additional satellite data would narrow down and pin point the search area better. What, if we are searching at the wrong place? The question is how stable a geostationary satellite resides in space. Could the airplane have come down somewhere on land before it ran out of fuel? Apparently the 'pings' would continue, unless the airplane engines are totally shut down. Is it conceivable, given some possible movement of the satellite in its geostationary and angle of its antennas to the locations of the plane, that the greater distances flown between later pings just appear that the plane continued flying.
    – GK

    March 22, 2014 at 9:41 am | Reply
  2. susan beall

    how sad that there is a poll guessing if we will find the plane? What if it was a kidnapped child? What is this and entertainment poll by the media?
    I am shocked. This is so disrespectful to all the family members who are tortured every single day.

    March 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  3. Sasha

    Meant Flight 370. But opinion stands! I change the station when Erin Burnett is on that air. She sounds like she has marbles in her mouth fighting for position.

    March 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  4. Sasha

    I wish CNN would take Erin Burnett OutFront off television. Her coverage of any issue especially Flight 360 is so disjointed and unintelligent. I also dislike the sound of her voice, the way she annunciates is horrible!

    March 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply

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