Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 to be an "accident" and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but is likely to hit distraught relatives hard.
Amid reports that authorities would declare Flight MH370 as "lost", Malaysia has said it has not fixed the date to declare the status of the plane that vanished mysteriously eight months ago with 239 people on board.
Maps released as part of a preliminary report on the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian jet indicate that the plane deliberately flew along a route to evade military radars, according to a media report.
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet continued for 48th day on Thursday without any fresh lead as an object washed ashore western Australian coast turned out to have no connection with Flight MH370.
Australia`s Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday told a press conference in China he`s very confident that the signals received in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are from the black boxes of MH370.
Frustrated relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 demanded answers from the Malaysian ambassador for a second consecutive day Wednesday, with some openly insulting him at a Beijing hotel.
There was no trace of the Malaysian airliner even two weeks after it went missing but searchers said weather conditions have improved in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean which is making human sighting possible now.
If two blurred objects photographed from space are confirmed as debris from Flight MH370, scientists will still face a daunting task to find and recover the sensitive recorders containing clues to the Malaysian jet`s disappearance.
In the age of smartphones and social media, one question surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner is why none of the passengers tried to contact relatives, as they did during the 9/11 attacks.