MH370 was a scheduled commercial airline flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on 8th March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew. The aircraft for the flight was a Boeing 777-200 Extended Range aircraft, with the registration 9M-MRO. On 8th March 2014 at 00:42 Local Time (7th March 2014 16:42 UTC) MH370 took off, on time, from Kuala Lumpur for the six hour flight to Beijing. Only 39 minutes later, after reaching the initial cruising altitude of 35,000 feet over the South China Sea and approaching the Flight Information Region (FIR) boundary between the Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh FIRs, the aircraft went dark. All radio communication ceased, no satellite messages were received and the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control screens.
The MH370 last estimated position was 34.2342°S 93.7875°E and the search area is defined as a circle with a radius of 140 nm centred on the last estimated position.
The full paper co-authored by Bobby Ulich, Victor Iannello and Andrew Banks can be downloaded here