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MH370: last contact from plane made after systems shut down – live coverage

The Malaysian ministry of transport has just issued a new statement about the search operation. Crucially, it says that last Saturday police began investigating all passengers and crew on board the plane, as well as ground staff. The Malaysian government has faced growing criticism over their handling of the search and rescue operations and the

MH370: search for missing plane extends to the Indian ocean – live updates

The Malaysian authorities now appear to have a more open mind to reports that the plane sent out signals hours after it lost contact with air traffic control. In yesterday’s press conference they tersely dismissed such reports as “inaccurate”. But now the Ministry of Transport has tempered that stance. In its latest statement it said:

MH370: Missing plane could have kept flying four hours after disappearing, U.S. investigators say – live

When exactly MH370 disappeared from Malaysian radar screens has become the source of much confusion today. The Guardian’s China correspondent, Tania Branigan, gives us this overview. Details of when MH370 was last seen are highly confusing, so bear with me: When the flight first went missing, Malaysia Airlines said repeatedly that its last contact was