The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says it has sent a team of investigators to assist in the case of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
The team includes investigators from the NTSB and technical advisors from Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration. They departed from the US on 8 March and is en route to Asia, says NTSB.
Once the location of the airplane is determined, International Civil Aviation Organisation protocols will determine which country will lead in the investigation. The NTSB team will offer US assistance.
The MAS 777 aircraft, registered 9M-MR0, was performing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, when it lost contact with the Subang Air Traffic Control at around 02:40 local time on 8 March. Its last reported position was over an area between Malaysia and Vietnam.