Missing plane: Key moments in video

  • 26 March 2014
  • From the section World

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been lost in the southern Indian Ocean, the Malaysian prime minister has said. But the precise whereabouts of the plane, and the chain of events that led to it crashing into the sea, remain a mystery.

The search

After weeks of searching, satellite images point to the likelihood of wreckage in an area of the southern Indian Ocean.

Media captionThe search teams look away from the ocean only occasionally to rest their eyes, as Jonathan Head reports
Media captionThe area is known as "the Roaring Forties" due to its notoriously strong winds
Media captionRupert Wingfield-Hayes takes a tour of the Lockheed P-3 Orion as it embarks on a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
Media captionJon Donnison reports from Fremantle Port in Perth, where much of the search operation is based
Media captionAndy Moore explains how experts and satellite technology have focused the search for the wreckage

The families

In Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, families of the missing have been struggling to find ways to deal with the situation.

Media captionRelatives' grief for MH370 victims
Media captionFriend of MH370 captain: "I quite believe that the plane is in the ocean however unless there's something really concrete as wreckage... you still have that little bit of hope"
Media captionThe BBC's Alastair Leithead reports on angry scenes outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing
Media captionWife of MH370 passenger: "We have hope - I still have think my husband is alive"
Media captionJennifer Pak reports from Kuala Lumpur: ''A lot of the messages here choose to remain hopeful''

The theories

What happened to the aircraft? The lack of a mayday call and the absence of the black box flight recorder has led to the emergence of numerous possible explanations of what happened on board flight MH370.

Media captionKrupa Padhy takes a look at some of the theories about what might have happened on board
Media captionTheories abound about what may have happened to flight MH370
Media captionRichard Westcott reports on the trail of the missing plane MH370: ''The agonising wait for the relatives goes on''

The authorities

The search for the plane has involved many different countries. The Malaysian authorities have given daily updates on their progress.

Media captionNajib Razak: "It is with deep sadness and regret, that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."
Media captionTony Abbott: "If there is anything down there, we will find it"
Media captionMalaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya defends his company's response to missing flight MH370
Media captionMalaysian authorities say that finding the missing plane is still their priority