Breaking down all the details of what is known about missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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As the international search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 enters a sixth day, the mystery over the plane's whereabouts has deepened.

Malaysian officials have made conflicting statements about the investigation so far, indicating a state of confusion at the highest levels over where the plane might be and adding to the anguish of passengers' family members.

It's still unclear if the cause of the plane's sudden disappearance is due to a catastrophic incident that led to rapid disintegration, mechanical failure, pilot error or terrorism. Here is everything we know so far:

Plane goes missing

Beijing-bound Flight 370, with 239 people aboard, vanished about an hour after it took off early Saturday from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It fell off civilian radar screens at 1:30 a.m. about 35,000 feet above the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and southern Vietnam.

Final transmission

The last words radioed by the Boeing 777: "All right, good night." The flight's final transmission seems to indicate that all was normal shortly before the jet vanished. The words from someone in the cockpit were picked up by air traffic controllers early Saturday and provided to relatives of some of the passengers in Beijing on Wednesday.

Plane off course

On Wednesday, Malaysian's air force chief denied that he had suggested the missing Malaysian Airlines flight made it to the Strait of Malacca after turning away from its intended course. Gen. Rodzali Daud said in a statement the missing plane may have attempted to turn back before it vanished from radar, but there is no evidence it reached the strait.

Expanded search

The search for the missing plane was expanded to 35,800 square miles of Southeast Asia ocean that now includes part of the Indian Ocean. Ships and aircraft from 12 countries are hunting for the plane. The operation includes the USS Pinckney, USS Kidd and USNS John Ericsson.

China posts images of possible plane debris

On Wednesday, the Chinese government published satellite images of what authorities suggested may be wreckage from the plane. The images, taken Sunday, show three fragments in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, in an area near its intended flight path.

Stolen passports apparently not linked to terrorism

Malaysian and international police said two Iranians who boarded the flight with stolen passports had bought tickets to get to Europe, where they hoped to obtain asylum. Their presence on the flight had raised speculation of a possible terrorist link. Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble said neither man has a criminal record.

Payment consolations

Malaysia Airlines has offered Chinese families of the missing a $5,000 "condolence" payment they say is not related to compensation. Some relatives have rejected the payment.

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