As it happened: Answers demanded

Key Points

  • Angry relatives of passengers aboard flight MH370 clash with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese capital Beijing
  • Australia says the search for the Malaysia Airlines plane has been suspended for 24 hours because of bad weather and rough seas
  • Search efforts are to focus on some 469,407 square nautical miles of the southern Indian Ocean
  • Malaysia says it must be assumed the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors
  • China has demanded to see the satellite data that led Malaysia to conclude that the plane crashed
  • The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing airliner with 239 people on board disappeared on 8 March. All times GMT

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  1.  
    03:34:

    Welcome to our live page on the search for answers following Malaysia's announcement that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean.

     
  2.  
    03:35:

    Malaysian PM Najib Razak made the announcement on Monday night. He said the conclusion was based on fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight.

     
  3.  
    03:36:

    China has demanded Malaysia show "the detailed evidence" that led Malaysia to this conclusion as well as the relevant satellite data.

     
  4.  
    03:36:

    China's Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng said: "The search and rescue work cannot stop now. We demand the Malaysian side continue to finish all the work including search and rescue."

     
  5.  
    03:40:

    On Tuesday, Australia's Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) said it had suspended search operations in the southern Indian Ocean for signs of the plane due to adverse weather conditions. The current weather conditions "pose a risk to crew", Amsa said in a statement, adding that search efforts would restart "once weather conditions improve".

     
  6.  
    03:41:

    The search area is forecast to experience strong gale force winds of up to 80km/h, heavy rain and low cloud, Amsa adds.

     
  7.  
    03:45:

    Aaron Halstead, a manager with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, says the search area is a remote, "wild environment".

    "I've sailed through there a number of times - there really is no land between Antarctica and Australia," he told the BBC, adding that weather conditions can change "dramatically".

     
  8.  
    03:51:

    Relatives of the Chinese passengers on board the plane are walking towards the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to protest. There has been a confrontation between the protesters and police.

     
  9.  
    03:51: Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

    Police line now stopping the three city buses carrying the relatives from leaving the street outside the hotel. Lots of pushing between family members and police. Surrounded by journalists. Relatives yelling "go, go, go!" in Chinese.

     
  10.  
    03:59:
    Family members of passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 attempt to push past policemen during a protest, near Lido Hotel in Beijing, 25 March 2014

    There have been emotional scenes near the Lido Hotel in Beijing, as family members of the passengers attempt the push past police lines. Some relatives are very emotional, shouting: "Give our family back!"

     
  11.  
    04:00: Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

    Update: relatives from missing plane broke through police lines, now marching through Beijing streets chanting "disclose the truth!" in Chinese. Heading towards Malaysian Embassy.

     
  12.  
    04:16:

    Monday's announcement came after both Australian and Chinese air force crews reported spotting possible debris in the search area. On Tuesday, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss the sightings were "thought to have some relevance to the search".

     
  13.  
    04:20:

    Mr Truss added that Australian navy ship HMAS Success had not been able to see or recover any of the suspected debris. "Not a lot of progress has been made overnight and unfortunately there will be little capacity to search today and perhaps even into tomorrow."

     
  14.  
    04:24:

    In Malaysia, many newspapers have switched to black and white to show their grief for the missing flight, the BBC's Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur reports. A press conference is expected later today which may give more information about what evidence led officials to conclude the flight is lost, our correspondent adds.

     
  15.  
    04:28:

    Australia's Minister for Defence David Johnston is speaking to reporters in west Australia. He says he is "confident" in Malaysia's assessment that the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean "because that's the best we've got in this point in time".

     
  16.  
    04:30:

    A Malaysia Airlines press conference has started in Kuala Lumpur.

     
  17.  
    04:33:

    The search effort was a "massive logistical exercise", Australia's Minister for Defence David Johnston said, adding that it was "one of the largest efforts you'll ever see in terms of maritime surveillance". He thanked countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the US, for assisting the search.

     
  18.  
    04:35:

    Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, CEO of Malaysia Airlines: "My heart breaks to think of the unimaginable pain suffered by all the family members... Everyone in Malaysia Airlines family is praying for the 239 souls on MH370 and for their loved ones on this dark day. We extend our prayers and sincere condolences."

     
  19.  
    04:42:

    Ahmad Jauhari Yahya says that the airline tried "wherever humanly possible" on Monday to inform the relatives in person or by telephone that they believed that the plane was lost, and "using SMS as the last resort of ensuring fully that [the] nearly 1,000 family members heard the news from us and not from the media".

     
  20.  
    04:43:

    "The announcement made last night and shared with families is the reality that we must face and we now must accept," Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said.

     
  21.  
    ABC correspondent David Wright

    tweets: "Head of RAAF right now: 'We're not searching for a needle in a haystack we're still looking for the haystack.' They haven't found wreck"

     
  22.  
    04:46:

    Ahmad Jauhari Yahya: "We do not know why, we do not know how, we do not know how this terrible tragedy happened."

     
  23.  
    04:46:

    A reporter from the South China Morning Post has just asked Ahmad Jauhari Yahya if he will resign after the investigation is complete. He did not respond directly, saying it was "a personal decision".

     
  24.  
    04:54:

    Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya says the airline has already provided initial financial assistance of US$5,000 per passenger to the next of kin, and is preparing to offer additional payments as the search continues.

     
  25.  
    04:54:

    He adds: "We recognise that financial support is not the only consideration. But the prolonged search is naturally placing financial strain on the relatives."

     
  26.  
    04:58:

    Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya: "We all feel enormous sorrow and pain. Sorrow that all those who boarded Flight MH370 on Saturday 8 March will not see their families again... It must be remembered too that 13 of our own colleagues and fellow Malaysians were also on board."

     
  27.  
    05:01:

    Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the government will waive visa fees for families of passengers and crew on the plane who want to go to Australia, where the southern Indian Ocean search is being coordinated.

     
  28.  
    05:02:

    Mr Abbott said: "I understand that the loved ones of those on that plane may well wish to come to Australia in the coming days and weeks... They will find a welcoming country that is more than willing to embrace them in this very difficult time."

     
  29.  
    05:12:
    Two Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircrafts used in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are towed on the tarmac of Perth International Airport, Australia, 25 March 2014

    Poor weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean have grounded search planes in west Australia. This picture shows two Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircrafts used in Monday's search.

     
  30.  
    05:19:

    There is a great sense of frustration in Australia, as teams are unable to search for the plane due to the weather, the BBC's Phil Mercer in Perth reports.

     
  31.  
    05:25:

    Recap: Relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are demanding answers after Malaysia's prime minister announced on Monday that satellite data indicated the plane ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean.

     
  32.  
    05:28:

    In a press conference, Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya extended condolences to the families and said further financial assistance would be provided to them as the search continued.

     
  33.  
    5:32:

    To recap: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It was carrying a total of 239 people, including 153 Chinese nationals.

     
  34.  
    05:33:

    A multinational search effort has focused on seas some 2,500km (1,500 miles) to the south-west of the Australian city of Perth. Australian officials suspended the search on Tuesday due to bad weather.

     
  35.  
    05:43:
    Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (L) and Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Tan Sri Md. Nor Bin Md Yusof speak to media during a news conference at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur, 25 March 2014

    Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, left, and Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Tan Sri Md Nor Bin Md Yusof gave statements and answered questions at a press conference on the latest developments

     
  36.  
    05:45:

    Relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane clashed with police outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, Reuters news agency reports.

     
  37.  
    05:50:

    Police were guarding the gate of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing when relatives of the plane passengers started throwing water bottles, Reuters news agency says. A woman who fainted was seen on a stretcher, Reuters adds.

     
  38.  
    05:59:
    Australia's Defence Minister David Johnston, centre, speaks to the media about developments in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, 25 March 2014

    Australia's Defence Minister David Johnston, centre, who spoke to media earlier, said the search effort was "an amazing example of international co-operation, particularly between militaries".

     
  39.  
    06:03: Phil Mercer BBC News, Perth

    "Strong winds and driving rain have grounded reconnaissance flights out of Perth, while large waves have forced an Australian navy ship to retreat from the search area in the southern Indian Ocean. The latest forecast predicts that the wild weather could continue for a day or two."

     
  40.  
    06:03: Phil Mercer BBC News, Perth

    "The dangerous conditions are a frustration for international recovery teams."

     
  41.  
    06:12:
    A ground staff member (bottom C) takes shade under a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on 25 March 2014

    In a statement on Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof said it was a "sad and tragic day" for Malaysia Airlines. "This has been an unprecedented event requiring an unprecedented response," he said.

     
  42.  
    06:25:

    The mystery of flight MH370 is unlikely to be solved until the flight recorder - known as a black box - is found. But what are the limitations of the black box? Read about why black boxes can't always provide the answers here.

     
  43.  
    06:36:

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, addressing parliament on Tuesday, said all efforts will be concentrated towards the area in the southern Indian Ocean. "We are not hiding any information from the families and the public. I've repeated a few times to everyone that please be understanding that it is a tough mission in a difficult area, and it is an unprecedented event in aviation history," he said.

     
  44.  
    06:44:

    Australia's Minister for Defence David Johnston says the search for the missing plane is a "massive logistical exercise". Watch the video of him speaking to media in Perth here.

     
  45.  
    06:51:

    A group of relatives of passengers on the plane, calling themselves the MH370 Relatives' Board, have issued a statement condemning the Malaysian authorities. "The airline, the Malaysian government and the military have tried their best to delay, distort and hide the truth, lying to the passengers' family members and the world," the statement says.

     
  46.  
    06:53:

    "Such disgraceful behaviour not only destroyed the relatives' bodies and minds, but also delayed the rescue work, causing us to lose our precious time and energy," the statement adds.

     
  47.  
    07:01:
    Malaysian Airlines CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (left) and Malaysian Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof listen to a question from the floor during the first official press conference held by Malaysian Airlines on 25 March 2014

    At a press conference earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya offered his condolences to families of the passengers on the plane. You can watch a clip of the press conference here.

     
  48.  
    07:06:
    A family member of a passenger from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 clashes with Chinese police outside the embassy in Malaysia on 25 March 2014 in Beijing, China

    Families of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been protesting outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.

     
  49.  
    07:08:
    Chinese relatives of flight MH370 walk towards the Malaysian Embassy on 25 March 2014 in Beijing, China

    The BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing said protesters walking to the Malaysian Embassy carried professionally printed banners and matching t-shirts, working as one to demand information they say they deserve.

     
  50.  
    07:12:

    Relatives have been told that the plane ended up in the southern Indian Ocean, with no survivors. But no debris or wreckage has been confirmed so far. The BBC Magazine asks: How do you mourn a missing person?

     
  51.  
    07:18:

    AP news agency estimates that nearly 100 relatives of the passengers on the missing plane and their supporters made their way to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.

     
  52.  
    Alastair Leithead BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

    tweets: "Just done an exclusive interview with Malaysia Airlines CEO on blame, accusations & responsibility @BBCWorld @BBCr4today"

     
  53.  
    07:25:

    There is a great deal of anguish, frustration and despair among relatives, the BBC's John Sudworth in Beijing says. Relatives fear something is being hidden from them, and have said they won't believe the plane is lost until they see evidence, our correspondent adds.

     
  54.  
    07:29:

    This is a sensitive story with huge public interest, and plainclothes policemen have been seen mingling with relatives at the daily briefing in Beijing, the BBC's John Sudworth says.

     
  55.  
    07:30:

    There has been an outpouring of anger and grief in the Chinese media over the fate of the missing plane. You can read the BBC's China media round up here.

     
  56.  
    07:38:

    Chinese newspaper The Beijing News questions Malaysia's announcement that the plane is lost. "There is still a lack of proof," it says. "As the Malaysian authorities have released misleading information previously, it is understandable that there are reservations about the conclusion."

     
  57.  
    07:48:

    Many relatives of passengers want more proof that the plane ended up in the Indian Ocean.

    "People are using the terms 'we are absolutely certain that the plane crashed' and yet when you go to ask questions they don't have any wreckage," Tom Wood, brother of missing US passenger Philip Wood, told the BBC. "How can you [be] 100% certain if you don't have anything recovered?"

     
  58.  
    07:52:
    Grieving Chinese relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 try to remove a police barricade blocking journalists as they gather to protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on 25 March 2014
    A Chinese police officer runs away from an angry relative of Chinese passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines plane, MH370 during scuffles outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing, China, Tuesday, 25 March 2014
    Grieving Chinese relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 walk past a police barricade as they gather to protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on 25 March 2014

    Relatives of passengers in Beijing clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy. Here are some pictures from the protest.

     
  59.  
    08:00: Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

    Scenes from Beijing are a demonstration of the extreme levels of anger and frustration felt by relatives of those on the missing plane.

    Public street protests are illegal in China but the fact that these relatives were able to organise themselves together, wearing matching T-shirts and carrying professionally printed banners, indicates they feel they have nothing left to lose.

     
  60.  
    08:01:

    Jayden Burrows' parents were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight. He told reporters in Brisbane: "Our family is trying to come to terms with this terrible tragedy. We dearly love and will miss our mum and dad. The love and compassion that they shared and their priority of putting their family first will help us get through this together."

     
  61.  
    08:10:
    File photo: Tony Abbott

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the search operation has moved into "a recovery and investigation phase".

    He added: "I have offered Malaysia, as the country legally responsible for this, every assistance and co-operation from Australia."

     
  62.  
    08:25:

    Indonesian Sugianto Lo was on board flight MH370. His brother Siswanto Lo told Reuters he was disappointed with the Malaysian authorities. "All of us are still not clear with all the information and whether the debris is really from MH370. We need evidence," Siswanto Lo said.

     
  63.  
    08:29:

    Earlier on Tuesday, Chinese relatives of the passengers in Beijing marched to the Malaysian embassy, clashing with police lines. The BBC's Celia Hatton was there and sent this report.

     
  64.  
    08:35:

    Correspondents say the window to find objects and debris from the airliner is rapidly shrinking. The battery of the pinger in the plane's black box is only expected to last for 30 days following a crash. You can read more about black boxes here.

     
  65.  
    08:36:

    Tensions are running quite high in Beijing, our correspondent Celia Hatton reports. Family members the BBC spoke to firmly believe their family members are still alive and that there's a strong chance the plane could have landed safely somewhere, she says.

     
  66.  
    08:44:

    To recap: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It was carrying a total of 239 people, including 153 Chinese nationals.

     
  67.  
    08:45:

    To recap: China has demanded Malaysia "state the detailed evidence" and show the relevant satellite data that led to its announcement that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean, with no survivors.

     
  68.  
    08:53:
    Ground crew watch as a Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orion runs its engines for maintenance during a no fly day in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, 25 March  2014

    Search operations for the missing plane have been suspended because of bad weather, grounding search aircraft including this Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orion in Perth, Australia.

     
  69.  
    08:59:

    Were there any missed opportunities to track flight MH370? Doug McClean, a former senior manager at the air traffic control service NATS, told the BBC that when the plane left Malaysian airspace it failed to contact Vietnam, but no one seemed to notice.

    "When the airplane doesn't establish communications on the other side then you begin to query it. Now if nobody queried it, or someone did query it and no action was taken, then that's an area where countries like that really do need to look into their procedures," he said.

     
  70.  
    09:08:

    British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat has confirmed to Malaysia that flight MH370 was surely lost in the southern Indian Ocean, south-west of Australia. The BBC's science correspondent, Jonathan Amos, explains the cutting-edge methods in the search here.

     
  71.  
    09:10:

    Malaysia's Ministry of Transport has written on its Facebook page: "Dear Indian Ocean, keep them safe, warm them, hug them, take away all fear, take good care of MH370 until we come to take them home."

     
  72.  
    09:18: Breaking News

    The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) says in a statement that the search and recovery operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean will resume on Wednesday.

     
  73.  
    09:22:

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) said: "HMAS Success will return to the search area [on Wednesday] and conduct a surface sweep of an area identified on Monday afternoon by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion as the location for several objects of interest."

     
  74.  
    09:24:
    Suspicious objects are seen from a Chinese IL-76 search plane, 24 March 2014

    On Monday, a Chinese IL-76 search plane reported seeing "suspicious" square white objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris. Here is a photo taken from the plane, showing an object in the sea.

     
  75.  
    09:23: Leisha Chi, BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

    tweets: "Tune into @BBCWorld and @bbcworldservice for @aleithead exclusive interview with Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya"

     
  76.  
    Najib Razak Malaysian Prime Minister

    tweets: "The passengers, the crew, and their families are foremost in our thoughts and prayers. #MH370"

     
  77.  
    Najib Razak Malaysian Prime Minister

    tweets: "I offer my sincerest gratitude to military and civil personnel from Msia & around the world who are working day & night for #MH370."

     
  78.  
    09:37:

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered "a special envoy to Kuala Lumpur to consult with Malaysia and deal with the matter of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370", Xinhua news agency reports.

     
  79.  

    The daily media briefing is underway in Malaysia.

     
  80.  
    09:46:

    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says that the challenge is no longer diplomatic, but technical and logistical.

     
  81.  
    09:51:

    The search and rescue in the northern corridor has been called off, acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says.

     
  82.  
    09:52:

    Hishammuddin Hussein is talking about data from satellite company Inmarsat. "Sometime between 00:11 UTC and 00:15 UTC, the aircraft was no longer able to communicate with the ground station. This is consistent with the maximum endurance of the aircraft."

     
  83.  
    09:53:

    Six Chinese ships are currently in the search area, and are expected to arrive within the vicinity of MH370's last known position Wednesday morning, Hishammuddin Hussein says.

     
  84.  
    Martin Burton, Kettering, England

    emails: "It is a tragedy. All recriminations should be put aside and everyone should work together to establish what happened. For the closure of the families who lost loved ones. They need to know! Also, in respect of those who have tragically lost their lives."

     
  85.  
    Maira Nari @Gorgxous_ Daughter of the chief steward on board MH370

    tweets: To be honest, there's still hope in me. But, sigh.. Back to reality, should stop dreaming. The best is to just pray and surrender it to God.

     
  86.  
    Suwarni the mother of Sugianto Lo, who was onboard the Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 with his wife Vinny, shows her son's family portraits at her residence in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, 25 March 2014

    Indonesian Sugianto Lo was on board flight MH370. His mother, Suwarni, shows family portraits in this picture. Earlier, Sugianto's brother, Siswanto Lo, told Reuters he was disappointed with Malaysian officials.

     
  87.  
    10:12:

    The BBC's Alastair Leithead conducted an exclusive interview with Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya in Kuala Lumpur.

     
  88.  
    10:15:

    Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya says the search team was working hard to locate the satellite evidence. When asked about the possibility of resigning from his post, he says it is a personal decision he will be making later.

     
  89.  
    CCTV News, the English news channel of China Central Television

    tweets: "Malaysia Transport Minister: All search efforts for #MH370 now concentrate on southern part of 'Southern Corridor.'"

     
  90.  
    10:24:

    Media briefing update: Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says different countries are now searching parts of the southern Indian Ocean. He says of the search for debris and black box: "I am an optimistic man - we will do whatever it takes."

     
  91.  
    10:32:

    Media briefing update: Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said: "All search efforts are now focused in the southern part of the southern corridor, in an area covering some 469,407 square nautical miles, as against the 2.24 million square nautical miles which we announced on 18 March.

    "We are currently working to further narrow down the search area, using the four methods I mentioned previously: gathering information from satellite surveillance, analysis of surveillance radar data, increasing air and surface assets, and increasing the number of technical and subject matter experts."

     
  92.  
    10:35:

    Media briefing update: Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says: "This analysis by Inmarsat forms the basis for further study to attempt to determine the final position of the aircraft. Accordingly, the Malaysian investigation has set up an international working group, comprising agencies with expertise in satellite communications and aircraft performance, to take this work forward."

     
  93.  
    10:45:

    Some more details from the media briefing by Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. He says there was "evidence of a partial handshake between the aircraft and ground station at 00:19 UTC".

    "At this time this transmission is not understood and is subject to further ongoing work.

    "No response was received from the aircraft at 01:15 UTC, when the ground earth station sent the next log on/log off message. This indicates that the aircraft was no longer logged on to the network. Therefore, sometime between 00:11 UTC and 01:15 UTC the aircraft was no longer able to communicate with the ground station. This is consistent with the maximum endurance of the aircraft."

     
  94.  
    10:51:
    Indian school children hold placards and candles as they participate in prayers for the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at Mirambika School in Ahmedabad, 25 March 2014

    Prayers and vigils have been held around the world for flight MH370. Here, Indian school children hold placards and candles as they participate in prayers for the plane's passengers and crew.

     
  95.  
    Jack Phiri, Lubumbashi, DRC

    emails: For the whole world, the Malaysian airlines and particularly the families and nations of passengers represented on flight MH370, it is an enormously sorrowful and painful moment. I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

     
  96.  
    11:15:
    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) speaks about the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, during a news conference at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur 25 March 2014. Satellite data that confirmed a Malaysian jetliner missing for more than two weeks crashed in the Indian Ocean included a final electronic signal that is still being investigated, Hishammuddin said on Tuesday. Seen on left is police chief Inspector General Khalid Bin Abu Bakar and on right is Department of Civil Aviation's Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, centre, conducted the media briefing in Malaysia on Tuesday. Also shown in this picture are Police Chief Inspector General Khalid Bin Abu Bakar, left, and Department of Civil Aviation's Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

     
  97.  
    11:16:
    Ahmad Jauhari Yahya

    Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told the BBC he would not be stepping down any time soon, as "there were things to do now". In an interview with Alastair Leithead, he insisted his company "was not hiding anything", and he was 100% sure missing flight MH370 was lost. Watch his interview here.

     
  98.  
    11:21:

    Angry relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese capital Beijing. Read the full story here.

     
  99.  
    11:37:

    To recap: Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people on board. The majority of them were Chinese. Others were from Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India, France, the US, New Zealand, Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Two men were travelling under stolen Italian and Austrian passports.

     
  100.  
    Rosie, London

    emails: "My heartfelt condolences to all the families of those on board MH370. Their anguish over the last few weeks is not something I would ever want to go through."

     
  101.  
    11:49:
    High school students hold candles during a vigil for passengers of the missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province on 25 March 2014

    People all over the world, like these high school students from China, have been holding vigils for passengers of the missing plane. But how does one mourn a missing person? Some experts call this bereavement an "ambiguous loss".

     
  102.  
    11:52:

    To recap: Poor weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean have grounded search planes in west Australia. Australia's Defence Minister David Johnston earlier described the search as a "massive logistical exercise" in an "extremely remote" part of the world.

     
  103.  
    Blenard, London

    emails: "The news of the loss of the plane is heart-breaking. Malaysian Airlines are having to deal with an unfortunate situation and regardless of how the message is delivered, it is still horrible news. I feel for the families who have lost their loved ones... and I also feel for the people that are having to deliver the bad news."

     
  104.  
    12:07:

    Describing the search area for the missing plane, Mark Binskin, vice-chief of the Australian Defence Force, earlier said: "We're not searching for a needle in a haystack. We're still trying to define where the haystack is."

     
  105.  
    Alistair Bunkall, Sky News Defence Correspondent

    tweets: Neat diagram explaining how the rough location of MH370 was calculated

     
  106.  
    12:31:

    #BBCTrending have taken a closer look at the reaction on social media to the Malaysian PM's announcement yesterday that flight MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. Within a few hours of Najib Razak's statement, the hashtag #MH370 had been tweeted over 900,000 times. You can watch the video here.

     
  107.  
    Susan Norris, Farnham, Surrey

    emails: Although the news of the fate of the missing flight is devastating and heartbreaking for all affected, I am not sure that blaming the airline and talk of resignations is appropriate. If the plane cannot be located, then there is no information to divulge other than what is already known. My heart breaks for the families of the lost passengers and I totally understand they want answers... we all do.

     
  108.  
    13:04:
     Hishammuddin Hussein met with Rear Admiral Willie Metts earlier today

    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein met Rear Admiral Willie Metts, director for intelligence at the US Pacific Command, on Tuesday to discuss the search for Flight MH370. The US Navy has deployed a specialist ship to help with efforts to recover the aircraft's 'black box' flight recorder. You can read more on the significance of the black box here.

     
  109.  
    Clayton Sandell, ABC News correspondent

    tweets: In addition to a Towed Pinger Locator, U.S. Navy to deploy a side-scanning radar called Bluefin-21 in #MH370 search.

     
  110.  
    Alex, Manchester

    emails: The whole event is tragic and my heart goes out to all the families who have lost their loved ones. The quicker concrete hard evidence is found, the quicker everyone can have some sort of closure.

     
  111.  
    13:25:

    A concert in Kuala Lumpur featuring pop star Christina Aguilera has been cancelled as a mark of respect for the passengers of missing flight MH370, and their families. The event, due to have been held this weekend, was to have coincided with the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix. The announcement was made by the concert's sponsor, Malaysian oil company Petronas, which also sponsors the Mercedes F1 racing team. The Grand Prix in Sepang is still scheduled to go ahead.

     
  112.  
    13:39:
    Towed Pinger Locator

    The US Navy says its black box locator is due to arrive in Australia on Wednesday. Officials are hoping the so-called Towed Pinger Locator 25 may help locate MH370. The high-tech device trawls for sounds deep below to ocean surface, to a maximum depth of 20,000ft (6,100m) anywhere in the world.

     
  113.  
    Jimlah in Derbyshire,

    emails: What with all of the technological breakthroughs and advances over the last 50 years, why are passenger planes still allowed to use black boxes with essentially 1960s-like tape recorders?

     
  114.  
    13:45:

    Using detailed graphics, the BBC's Tom de Castella explains in this feature why black boxes can't always provide the answers.

     
  115.  
    14:02:
    Relative of missing passenger (25 March 2014)

    How will relatives be able to grieve for the missing? "People can't begin mourning when there is ambiguous loss - they're frozen," Prof Pauline Boss tells the BBC's Tanvi Misra.

     
  116.  
    SittyRozana, in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

    tweets:

    No farewell words were spoken

    No time to say goodbye

    You were gone before we knew it

    And only God knows why

    #MH370 #NajibRazak #okbah

     
  117.  
    14:06:

    We're now wrapping up our live coverage of the ongoing tragedy surrounding missing flight MH370. Angry relatives of Chinese passengers clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in Beijing.

     
  118.  
    14:06:

    The search for the plane was suspended because of bad weather, but is due to resume on Wednesday.

     
  119.  
    14:08:

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