#MH370: Latest Updates in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (2)


Last Updated: Tuesday 24 January 2017.

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Summary of Possible MH370 Debris Recovered:  15 AUGUST 201614 October 2016 |

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Documentation of Latest Updates in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 


Tuesday 24 January 2017

Transcript—Press Conference

INTERVIEW
DCI018/2017 – 24 January 2017

Subjects: The search for MH370

Darren Chester: Well first of all can I thank Minister Liow and Mr Zhi for being here today as we go on board the Fugro Equator and basically thank the crew for the work they’ve done on behalf of the international aviation community. This has been an extraordinary search effort and it’s been in some of the most inhospitable oceans in the world. There have been occasions during the underwater search where sea states in excess of 20 metres have been experienced by the crew. As I’ve said before, the search for MH370 has been at the very cutting edge of technology and scientific expertise, but it also has been quite a heroic human endeavour.

To have the chance today to talk to the crew members, to thank them on behalf of the Australian Government was very important.

As we indicated in July last year when the tripartite meeting was held in Malaysia between the People’s Republic of China and the Malaysian Government and myself representing the Australian Government, as we indicated in July last year the completion of the 120,000 square kilometre highest priority search area, the search for MH370 would be suspended pending any credible new evidence leading to a specific location of the aircraft. I acknowledge today the work of the Malaysian Government and the People’s Republic of China, but also the work of Fugro, we have the project director Paul Kennedy with me today, acknowledge the work of our own Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and Greg Hood with me here today as well.

They have worked tirelessly over the past three years in the search for MH370. Having not found the aircraft does not indicate failure; it indicates that the aircraft is not in that 120,000 square kilometre search area. Work will continue in relation to further analysis of data. If there’s any more debris comes forward, we will work with our Malaysian counterparts in assessing debris of interest and work is also going on in terms of further analysis of satellite imagery.

So we simply want to thank the crew of Fugro Equator, thank Fugro more generally for the work they’ve done over the past three years, and I look forward to some comments from Minister Liow.

Liow Tiong Lai: Thank you Minister Darren Chester. We are here to receive the Fugro Equator’s crew, and also to appreciate the commitment and sacrifices that make these search missions possible. On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I would like to once again say a big thank you to the crew members and also to Australian Government and China Government for giving the support in the search for MH370. It is one of the largest and biggest search missions launched ever in the aviation history of the world, and we are very sad that we still couldn’t locate the aircraft, and we need to suspend the search for the time being to look for more credible evidence before we can launch any more further search effort.

As you can see there, the crew, we were there just now to talk to them. They told us the difficulty they faced in the deep sea waters. Sometimes in four days they face high wind, strong wind of 140 kilometre per hour, continuously for days and they operate in that kind of bad weather, and they have to be there and to face all these challenges. So I must thank them for their commitment, for their professionalism and for their dedication to search for MH370. We will say that although we didn’t locate the plane, but the kind of commitment shown by the three countries, the officials, the search teams as well as the crew members, it is indeed a very, very difficult task and we have overcome this 120,000 square kilometre search.

I would also like to say that it is also with sadness that we have to announce the suspension and our thoughts and prayer will be always be the family members and loved ones of those on board MH370. We will analyse the data, whatever we have now, and from there we look for more credible clue, credible evidence for us to study the situations in the future. So on behalf of the Government of Malaysia, once again I would like to thank Australian Government, China Government as well as the crew members. Thank you.

Zhi Guanglu: Just to say a few words, and we come here to welcome the crew that come back home and we express our grateful to the crew member on board for their hard work, because we know that this task is very difficult for us, that we tried to find the MH370, but right now we have [inaudible] but we can get together to help each other with the governments of Australia and Malaysia to try to do our best, and finally I wanted to say to the Government of Australia and Malaysia, that have given a lot of help to try and find the people on board MH370. Thank you.

Darren Chester: Any questions?

Question: Did you meet with the families? Have you met with the families of the victims at all, and if so, what was said?

Darren Chester: I’ve had conversations over the past 12 months with representative of the Australian families. As recently as last week I spoke to family members and the conversation was, as you would expect, a very difficult one in the sense that they have been waiting now for almost three years for answers about their loved ones. It is impossible for any of us to fully comprehend their grief and their suffering, and over three years they had many unanswered questions that we haven’t been able provide them at this stage.

But at the same time, the conversations I’ve had with family members, they have been deeply appreciative of the search effort. The underwater search effort now has been going through this 120,000 square kilometre high priority area, they’re appreciative of the work that’s been done, but understandably they’re disappointed and saddened by the fact that they haven’t been able to find MH370. Just as I must acknowledge the professional staff involved, the ATSB, the crew on board the Fugro Equatorhere today. I mean, they’re disappointed. They’re disappointed they haven’t been able to locate MH370. That’s a disappointment I share with them.

Question: Minister, is it time to suggest, as I think Mr Kennedy suggested in July, that MH370 was in fact piloted at the end of the flight and flown beyond the target search area, as many professional pilots and investigators believe?

Darren Chester: Well it’s probably best if I refer questions regarding the last movements of MH370 to the ATSB, and Greg is here and can answer that question more fully. But we must acknowledge throughout this entire search effort there has been a limited amount of data available to the ATSB and international experts. I’m not here to second-guess the experts. I know in the absence of finding the aircraft there’ll be a lot of theories put forward, and that’s entirely understandable, but we’re talking …

Question: [Interrupts] Do you reject it as a possibility, Minister?

Darren Chester: It would be best if I finish the question. We’re talking about a search which has occurred 2,600 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, in an area of the ocean which is in excess of four kilometres deep, up to six kilometres deep. It has been a staggeringly difficult search, and I want to congratulate the search effort in that regard. But in terms of the last available information provided through the handshake, the satellite handshake, it indicated that MH370 was in a rapid state of descent, and reinforced the ATSB decision in terms of formulating the highest priority search area. So it might be perhaps better if I allowed Greg to answer that question more specifically. But we have been relying on the most current information that’s available to us, and we made decisions based on that.

Greg Hood: Thanks Minister. Certainly, our last report indicates that the analysis of the wing flap is that it was retracted, non-deployed, and the burst frequency offset indicates a rapid rate of descent, which is suggestive of the aircraft not being in control at the end of the flight. However, everybody has a theory [indistinct].

Question: So is it rejected as a possibility [indistinct]?

Greg Hood: Based on the evidence it’s highly likely that the aircraft wasn’t under control at the end of the flight. And I might add that obviously experts from around the world have contributed to the definition of the search area, so we’re using the best possible science that’s available to define that search area.

Question: So that kind of behaviour is eliminated in your view as a possibility?

Greg Hood: I don’t think anything can be eliminated, unless of course we find the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder. But based on the evidence available by the experts, it’s highly suggestive of the fact that the aircraft wasn’t being controlled at the end of flight.

Question: Mr Hood, last month the ATSB said that there was a possibility the plane could be further north than the search area that’s being combed. Is it disappointing that the search hasn’t been expanded further north?

Greg Hood: So once again, the panel of experts got together in early November, and basically, having eliminated the 120,000 square kilometres- it’s like when you lose your car keys—if you’re looking for the most likely spot where you put your car keys, if they’re not there, that’s been eliminated and then you move to the next likely spot. So it’s highly likely that the area now defined by the experts contains the aircraft, but that’s not [indistinct].

Question: So why wouldn’t you expand the search area further north?

Greg Hood: That’s a question for the governments.

Question: Can I ask the Malaysian minister a question? Could you just give us some more information about your [indistinct] reward of millions of ringgits for any private venture that finds MH370. Could you just clarify …

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Liow Tiong Lai: That is as long as [indistinct]. We will [indistinct] that we have [indistinct] essentially. We will continue with the work on the data. The [indistinct] suspended search [indistinct] but that is only a [indistinct].

Question: So that’s the Deputy Minister’s personal [indistinct], not the government?

Liow Tiong Lai: That is not the government [indistinct].

Question: Just to clarify, there is no- the Malaysian Government is not offering [indistinct] …

Liow Tiong Lai: Yes, we are not having [indistinct] such a decision.

Question: Can you confirm that families have now been asked to hand over any personal items which have been recovered so they can be used as part of the investigation?

Liow Tiong Lai: Yes, I think we [indistinct] to track whatever personal belongings, and we have sent it to the criminal investigation team to further analyse the personal belongings.

Question: And so why hasn’t that been done before now?

Liow Tiong Lai: We have been doing it all this time. Yeah, all the time, and recently we just received a call from the Australian ATSB, and we will actually collect whatever personal belonging and analyse it.

Question: But they were given them and now you’re asking for them back. Is there a reason for that, you think it may help with the investigation?

Liow Tiong Lai: Well whatever personal belongings will be sent to the criminal investigation team, and the special team. There are two investigation teams here. There’s one, the [indistinct] team MH370 investigation team is a technical investigation team, and an [indistinct]. The other one will be the criminal investigation team, headed by Malaysian Government. So these are separate investigations.

Question: So while the search has been suspended, this is further hope for families that you will take it up again, dependent on the outcome of these two separate investigations?

Liow Tiong Lai: Yes, the analysis of the data will continue, investigation will continue. We are not- we just suspended and people can see what [indistinct]. But analysis of the data will continue. So I will say that we do not want to raise too high a hope to the family members, but the commitment to continue to analyse data will be there.

Question: Minister, Mr Hood just said there’s a good chance that the area to the north may well be where the planes lies. Having done 120,000 square kilometres, why wouldn’t you just do that final 25,000 square kilometres that they’ve suggested that you comb?

Liow Tiong Lai: Well I will say just now, the expert team has shown to us that is the most probable area after the suspension of 120,000 square kilometre search. And we need more. The decision is that we need more empirical evidence before we move to the next search area.

Question: I just have a question for Minister Chester. Minister, do you think that China has made a big enough contribution to the search, and has paid enough to the search? Some aviation experts have criticised China, given that they’ve only contributed $20 million, which is well below what Australia and Malaysia has contributed.

Darren Chester: I offer no criticism whatsoever. It’s been a tripartite approach to solving what has been an incredibly difficult mystery. Obviously there’s been in the order of $200 million spent on the underwater search effort; the Malaysian Government has contributed the majority of the resources in that regard. The People’s Republic of China has assisted with the provision of search vessels, a very important contribution, and the Australian Government has also contributed in the order of $60 million. I think it’s been an extraordinary example of the international community working together on a particularly difficult issue. I offer no criticism to our partners whatsoever.

Question: Minister, I understand that you and Minister Liow had a meeting yesterday about MH370. Can you tell us a little bit about what you discussed and what was agreed?

Darren Chester: Well it was an informal meeting, just to catch up on the latest information in relation to the search, as we’ve discussed here today and in the wake of the communique we released last week. So it was really an extension on our ongoing work in partnership with the Malaysian Government. Obviously the Australian Government’s had a key role on the underwater search effort, and it’s an opportunity for the ATSB to brief Minister Liow on the work they’ve been doing. It was our first chance to catch up face-to-face since July last year, so it was important to take that opportunity while he was in Perth to have those discussions. But the most important thing has been our opportunity to come here today, to walk on board Fugro Equator, to meet with the crew and to sincerely thank them for the work they’ve done.

Question: There was some talk a group representing the families of the victims was going to present letters to you two yesterday. Did in fact that happen?

Darren Chester: I’ll get Minister Liow to answer in just a moment. I understand though that there’s been discussions with our departmental staff, and there will be an opportunity for those representatives of the family to meet directly with Minister Liow later on today here in Perth.

Liow Tiong Lai: I’ll be receiving the letters today, I’ll be meeting them, and we hope that we can have of course a good discussion. Malaysia and Australia conducted a bilateral meeting yesterday to discuss a way forward after the suspension of the search. First, I must thank the tripartite commitment of Australia, China, Malaysia, to continue to commit these modern search [indistinct]. And we will continue to analyse whatever data that we have, and we- Malaysia will set up a response team, that whatever debris that collected will be collected Malaysia Government, and analyse it, and maybe we’ll send to Australia, to the ATSB for further analysis. That is on the future work to continue to look at it that way.

So far we have collected about 25 pieces of debris; three confirmed [indistinct], five most of the [indistinct], and the rest is still under evaluations. So we will continue to work on the debris, work with all the countries concerned, all the coastal countries along South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Madagascar and the rest of the countries. So we are committed to continue with our search for the debris, and from there on we hope we can get more credible evidence in the search for MH370.

Question: How big is your team, Minister, in Malaysia, given that this search is now effectively going to go back to your country and be focused from there and coordinated from there. How big is this operation in your country?

Liow Tiong Lai: Well yes, we have a high level [indistinct] chaired by my Director General of Department of Civil Aviation. It is a big department coordinated among all other agencies in the Ministry, in the Government. We also work very closely with Australia and China, will continue. The relationship that we have with ATSB, with China CAAC will continue, and we are confident that this team [inaudible] in our work.

Question: Do you have a number, Sir, for the number of dedicated staff on this matter?

Liow Tiong Lai: Oh yes, we have the whole department, the Department of Civil Aviation is also supported by the Minister of Transport and Ministries of Foreign Affairs. It is all there to assist in this important search.

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Question: Minister, in regard to the debris drift modelling, do you think that there’s going to be so much more work to go with that that there may be a breakthrough, or do we need to see more debris washing up before there may be a breakthrough?

Liow Tiong Lai: Yeah, we are thinking that there’ll be more debris washing up in a short time to come, and at the moment we are basing on this new [indistinct] of debris, the drifting pattern to locate the aircraft. So we are hopeful that we can get more data from this debris.

 

 


Thursday 19 January 2017

MH370: No permanent stop, but suspension of search, says Liow

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(File pix) Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai will be on hand to receive the MH370 search vessel, Fugro Equator, when it arrives at Perth Harbour, Western Australia on Sunday. Pix by Farizul Hafiz Awang.

KUALA LUMPUR: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai will be on hand to receive the MH370 search vessel, Fugro Equator, when it arrives at Perth Harbour, Western Australia on Sunday.

Liow said he would be present there to express his gratitude to the search team. ”

I will be there to thank the search team and also to look into the expert views on the way forward,” he said at the Malaysian-French High Speed Rail Seminar 2017, today.

Liow further reiterated that the suspension of the search is not permanent and is pending new credible evidence on the location of the missing plane.

“If there is any more credible evidence, we will continue the search. (It is) not a permanent stop, just a suspension,” he said. Liow said that that the government stands united with the next-of-kin.

“We also feel sad. We are trying our level best and working hard to locate the plane and find answers.”

“We have experts looking into credible evidence debris studying the pattern and analyse the data,” he added.

Meanwhile, to a question on whether MCA would participate in the counter-rally to Himpunan 355 planned by local non-governmental organisation Bebas on Feb 18, Liow said MCA has its own channel to handle issues.

“MCA is always for moderate policies and a multiracial society.

We will promote peace and unity,” he said. Liow, who is MCA president, said all rallies have to abide by the Peaceful Assembly Act. He said every citizen has the responsibility to nurture peace and harmony.

Source : nst.com.my


Tuesday 17 January 2017

A response from Voice370 to the MH370 Tripartite Joint Communique.

Dear Members of the Press, Media & Public,

Attached is a response from Voice370 to the MH370 Tripartite Joint Communique.

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT
“VOICE370″ – THE MH370 FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Response to MH370 Tripartite Joint Communique

Voice370 is dismayed to note the latest joint communique announcing the suspension of the underwater search. The proposed tripartite meeting appears to have been a mere smokescreen, and the First Principles Review now appears a wasted exercise.

First Principle Review Report released on 20th December 2016 by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recommended a new search area of 25,000 square kilometres north of the present one.

Expecting to determine the `precise location of the aircraft’ before continuing the search was at best an erroneous expectation and at worst a clever formulation to bury the search. Why would you need to search if you already knew the precise location of the aircraft?

In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety. Commercial Planes cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace.

Having already searched 120,000 square kilometers, stopping at this stage is nothing short of irresponsible, and betrays a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendations of an array of official experts assembled by the authorities themselves.

We appeal to Malaysia, China and Australia to reconsider the decision to suspend the search.

We also appeal to all nations, the ICAO, the civil aviation industry, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, civil society organizations, and the flying public across the world to prevail upon the aforementioned countries to continue the search based on the best advice, and the latest evidence, analysis and recommendations offered by the First Principles Review.

Voice370 acknowledges the tremendous effort of the nations involved thus far and the tremendous support from media organizations worldwide.
The Search Must Go On.

#SearchOn

For comment/interview please contact:
1. Grace SubathiraiNathan (Malaysia): +60162616727, gsubathirai@gmail.com
2. KS Narendran (India): +91 9500080564, ks.narendran@gmail.com
3. Ghyslain Wattrelos (France): +33626692752, g.wattrelos@live.fr
4. Jiang Hui (China) (Mandarin): +8613701010166, jh139@139.com
5. Jenninfer Chong (Australia): +61421029981, jtan.cyl@gmail.com
6. Danica Weeks (Australia): +61429231642, danica.weeks@gmail.com

 


Tuesday 17 January 2017

MH370 Joint Communique: Underwater Search MH370 Suspended

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MH370 Tripartite Joint Communique 17 Jan 2017

mh370-joint-communique-search-suspended-17012017Joint Communiqué
17 January 2017

Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has not been located in the 120,000 square-kilometre underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft.
Accordingly, the underwater search for MH370 has been suspended.

The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness. It is consistent with decisions made by our three countries in the July 2016 Ministerial Tripartite meeting in Putrajaya Malaysia.
Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft.

We have been overwhelmed by the commitment and dedication shown by the hundreds of people involved in the search, which has been an unprecedented challenge. Their tireless work has continued to improve our knowledge of the search area and has been critical in our efforts to locate the aircraft. We would like to reiterate our utmost appreciation to the many nations that have provided expertise and assistance since the early days of this unfortunate tragedy.

Today’s announcement is significant for our three countries, but more importantly for the family and friends of those on board the aircraft. We again take this opportunity to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives and acknowledge the enormous loss felt by their loved ones.

We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located.

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Source: JACC , Minister of Transport Malaysia Liow Liong Lai, Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Australia Darren Chester MP

 

 

 


Thursday 12 January 2017

Envoye special #MH370 shown at France 2 on 12th January 2012

 

An investigation by Olivier Sibille, Philippe Maire and Olivier Broutin.

239 missing persons, a Boeing 777 evaporated, no warning message, no trace of the black boxes … After more than two and a half years of investigation, the MH370’s case is still at a standstill. In a few weeks, official research will stop and the relatives of the disappeared are worried.

Have the Malaysian authorities said everything they know about this mystery? Why has the trail of debris found off the east coast of Africa ever been taken seriously? Why do families get no response to their requests for information? China, Malaysia, Madagascar, Italy, Maldives, we went around the world to explore all the tracks, even the most contested, to investigate the dark areas of the case and uncover some secrets of the Malaysian military.

In this “Complementary Investigation Document“, unpublished testimonials and new elements never broadcast to raise a corner of the veil on the biggest enigma in the history of aviation.

 


Wednesday 11 January 2017

Joint Agency Coordination Centre  – MH370 Operational Search Update

Key developments this week

  • Fugro Equator continues to conduct underwater search operations using the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). In the past week the AUV has completed five missions. Operations have been delayed due to weather conditions impacting the recovery of the AUV after its underwater missions and required maintenance.

Search Status

At a meeting of Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China held on 22 July 2016, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the current search area.

Ministers have reiterated that this does not mean the termination of the search. Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.

Fugro Equator is completing its final swing and gathering sonar data in areas that haven’t previously been completed. It is expected the search operations currently being undertaken by Fugro Equator may be completed in January 2017.

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Weather

Weather in the search area is not expected to affect AUV operations to any great extent over the next week.

Previous versions:
MH370 Operational Search Updates

 


Friday 6 January 2017

MH370 – No suspicions of crew, passengers, says French probe

Paris (AFP) – A French background check of passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared in 2014, has found no cause for suspicion, concurring sources told AFP on Friday.

France has opened its own investigation into the disappearance because four French nationals were among the 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard the flight.

The investigators and three examining magistrates met with relatives of the four on Thursday to brief them on progress.

The relatives were told that background checks on passengers and crew by France’s domestic intelligence agency, the DGSI, “turned up negative,” according to sources close to the inquiry.

Ghyslain Wattrelos, whose wife and two of his children were onboard, confirmed this account.

“They told us that the search didn’t turn up anything,” he told AFP.

Questions about passenger and crew background emerged when the Malaysian authorities said two Iranian passengers on the flight had been travelling on stolen passports.

But Interpol said they were most probably migrants trying to reach Europe.

At Thursday’s meeting, a French specialist also provided the final version of an interim report that had been drawn up in September, “but it didn’t say anything that was much new,” Wattrelos’ lawyer, Marie Dose, said.

She praised the examining magistrates for their “remarkable” work.

c1g-w3hukaawpfbMH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

It is believed that the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian Ocean, but an extensive deep-sea hunt off Australia’s west coast has failed to find a single piece of debris.

On Friday, Malaysia’s transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said the hunt would end in two weeks.

Liow did not specify a date but said a tripartite meeting will be held after a final report is released when the 120,000-square-kilometre (46,000-square- mile) search ends.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which has been leading the search mission, said in a report last month that the jet is almost certainly not in the current search zone and may be further north.


Friday 6 January 2017

Search to end in two weeks – Liow

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — The hunt for missing Flight MH370 will end in two weeks, Malaysia’s transport minister said today, as relatives of passengers demanded authorities push on with the search.

“We’re at the final lap within these two weeks,” the minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told reporters. “We hope we can find the plane.”

Liow did not specify a date but said that a tripartite meeting will be held after a final report is released when the 120,000 square kilometre search ends.

Authorities had previously said the search will end early this year. The last search vessel embarked on its final sweep across the southern Indian Ocean last month.

The Malaysian Airlines jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew.

It is believed that the Malaysian Airlines plane crashed into the Indian Ocean, but an extensive deep-sea hunt off Australia’s west coast has failed to find a single piece of debris.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which has been leading the search mission, said in a report last month that the Boeing jet is almost certainly not in the current search zone and may be further north.

The report was based on a review of evidence by Australian and international experts.

Australia has said that it did not view the report findings as credible.

The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China, where most of the passengers were from, previously agreed to pull the plug on the operation once the current search area was fully scoured unless “credible new information” emerged.

“We cannot just base [a search] on assumptions. We need credible clues to look for the plane,”  said Liow when asked about the possibility of a search further north.

Many families have been long sceptical about whether the ongoing search is in the right place.

In a statement late yesterday, the international group of MH370 next-of-kin, Voice 370, called on Malaysia, Australia and China to consider the next step before the current search ends.

“Extending the search to the new area defined by experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety,” it added. — AFP

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Thursday 5 January 2017

More of the leaked RMP Report files released (file overview here)

On Thursday 5 January 2017 twitter user Julie (@Nihonmama) posted two more documents of the confidential Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) investigation into the disappearance of MH370, which are said to be part of a 1,000-page Royal Malaysian Police investigation report that was leaked.

folder-1-pilotFolder 1: Pilot.pdf (208 pages) | Report date: 15 May 2014
(A 208-page document named ‘Pilot’ of the Royal Malaysian Police investigation into Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah)

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folder-2-co-pilotFolder 2: Co-pilot.pdf (121 pages)
(A 121-page document named ‘Co-Pilot’ of the Royal Malaysian Police investigation into the co-pilot Fariq Bin Ab Hamid) 

 

Update 7 January 2016: 

On Saturday 7 January 2017 twitter user Julie (@Nihonmama) posted four more documents of the confidential Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) report, adding that there’s more coming.

Download 3: THREE files: not bound and have no RMP cover sheet. Contains SIM DATA, examination of captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s computer, and analysis 

  1. Sim Data.pdf
  2. Sim Analysis.pdf
  3. Preliminary computer examination.pdf

Download 4: Folder Appendix.zip (227 pages) contains info from multiple appendices. From page 199 also includes SIM DATA

Update Wednesday 11 January 2017

On Wednesday 11 January 2017 twitter user Julie (@Nihonmama) posted tree more documents of the confidential Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) report, adding that there’s no Folder 3. She presumes it exists. But she didn’t get it and doesn’t know what’s in it.

folder-4-skmm-analysisDownload 5: RMP Folder 4 (238 pages)
Communications and Multi Media

folder-5-mh370-aircraft-records-and-radarDownload 6: RMP Folder 5 (74 pages)
Aircraft Record and DCA Radar Data

folder-6-mh370-atc-audio-analysis-and-other-recordsDownload 7: RMP Folder 6 (82 pages)
ATC, audio transcript, speaker recognition analysis, ACARS, SITA, Inmarsat & RR

 

In November and December 2016, documents of the leaked confidential 1000-page RMP report were posted by twitter user Mick Rooney (@Airinvestigate), on 12, 14 and 23 November, and on 4 December 2016.

Here’s an overview:

On 12 November 2016 Mick Roony posted parts of the leaked RMP report that confirms that MH370 FO’s cell phone was briefly detected south of Penang on 8th March, 2014 at 1:52am (MYT) and a Summary conclusion of FO phone & test analysis (with parts clipped & redacted).

On 14 November 2016 he posted the documents;

  1. Data from Flight Simulator Computer.pdf 658 kB (14 pages)
    This 14-page document includes technical information about the data found on Captain Zaharie Shah’s flight simulator hard drives. It appears that the machine crashed multiple times in the months before MH370’s disappearance. The document also includes a log of when the flight sim was played, the last time being on March 15, 2014, a week after the plane disappeared (presumably this reflects activity by investigators.) Prior to that, the sim had last been played on February 20, two weeks before the disappearance.
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  2. Data from Prelim Exam Report (Translated from Malay).pdf 374.12 kB (7 pages)
    This 7-page document seems to have been machine-translated from Malay, and appears to describe a preliminary investigation of the computer hard drives by a Malaysian police technician. It lists the various hard drives found with the flight-sim computer. Among the information recovered were passwords and account information for Captain Zaharie Shah’s hobbies and interests, as well as information about an online bookstore, his various social media accounts, and online shopping. After a section discussing the seven deleted points from the flight simulator,  the report concludes with a brief Summary: “The results of the examination of the goods were found that no any activity outside the common. The overall computer use to host gaming Flight Simulator only. Nor has any information source which directly indicates there any plans to eliminate MH370 found.”
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  3. Sim Data.pdf 12.55 MB (31 pages)
    This 31-page document appears to contain all of the saved data in the seven above-mentioned flight simulator points.

On 23 November 2016 he posted;

folder-6-mh370-atc-audio-analysis-and-other-recordsFolder 6: MH370 ATC Audio Analysis and Other Records (Inmarsat).pdf  (82 pages)
This 82-page document contains an expert report analyzing the cockpit/ATC audio up to 17:21, which concludes (with less than 100% confidence) that it was probably Zaharie who uttered the final words “Good night, Malaysia 370.” It also includes ACARS data and the Inmarsat logs which had already been released in 2014. 

And on 4 December 2016:

folder-5-mh370-aircraft-records-and-radarFolder 5: Aircraft Records and Radar .pdf (74 pages)
This 74 pages document suggests a DVD-R exists with the raw radar data

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Thursday 5 January 2017 

Dear Members of the Press, Media and Public,

Attached is a statement from VOICE370 about the unacceptable state of affairs surrounding the search for MH370.

For comment/interview please contact:

1. Grace SubathiraiNathan (USA): +18186332721, gsubathirai@gmail.com
2. KS Narendran (India): +91 9500080564, ks.narendran@gmail.com
3. Ghyslain Wattrelos (France): +33626692752, g.wattrelos@live.fr
4. Jiang Hui (China) (Mandarin): +8613701010166, jh139@139.com
5. Jenninfer Chong (Australia): +61421029981, jtan.cyl@gmail.com
6. Danica Weeks (Australia): +61429231642, danica.weeks@gmail.com

OFFICIAL STATEMENT
“VOICE370” – THE MH370 FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

MH370 First Principles Review

It is Voice370’s understanding, based on the First Principles Review Report released on 20 December 2016 by the Australian Transport Safely Bureau (ATSB), that the experts involved concluded that the requirements of the much touted but undefined “Credible New Evidence“ were met and accordingly a new search area north of the present one was defined.

The Malaysian Transport Minister responded to the report saying “I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned and every decision made has and will always be in the spirit of cooperation among the three nations. ” and the Malaysia‘s Deputy Transport Minister was reported saying “Putrojaya will host a meeting with China and Australia to decide the next course of action. ”

The Chinese Minister(s) has remained silent while the Australian Transpon Minister took it upon himself to dismiss these experts. including Australia‘s own specialists‘ findings. as
insufficient to constitute credible new evidence and therefore does not warrant extending the search for MH370. This position is unfortunate. unilateral. premature. and tends to pre-empt any dialogue.

In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable
duty owed to flying public in the interest of aviation safety. Commercial Planes cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace.

Voice370 requests Australia. China and Malaysia to jointly consider the next course of action on an urgent basis before the current mission is demobilized.

Whilst we have been told in the past that money is not the issue, we request that, if necessary funding be sought from a wider audience, including other govemments who had nationals on board or have large commercial aviation industry sectors or from nations who prioritize aviation safety. Funding should also be sought from big players in the aviation and aviation related industries.

Voicc370 acknowledges the tremendous effort of the nations involved thus far and the
tremendous support from media organizations worldwide.

Voicc370 appeals for continued support from these nations. nations with citizens on board
and also seeks assistance from relevant Air Transport Industry Organizations and Civil Society Organizations worldwide to lend their voices for the extension of the search based on the highly credible evidence based conclusions of the First Principles Review.

The Search Must Go On.

#SearchOn


Wednesday 4 January 2017

MH370: First Principles Review Ignores First Principles

Media Release: For Immediate Release: MH370: First Principles Review Ignores First Principles

Key stakeholders in the search for missing flight MH370 met in Canberra 2-4 November. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, charged with the responsibility of the underwater search, released its First Principles Review report 20 December 2016 based on the meeting.

On day one, analysis methods of satellite data and assumptions in determining the definition of the search area were reviewed.

“The meeting participants determined that techniques used were acceptable and the results for the analysis of the accident flight were valid.” (Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau)

On day two, debris and CSIRO drift analysis were considered.

Day three was devoted to the definition of the remaining search, expected to be completed by February 2017.

Much attention was given to how validly the search area had been defined based on the satellite data and how thoroughly the search has been conducted, with a high degree of confidence MH370 is not in the searched area.

There is no mention in the report of consideration of the question, “Why has MH370 not been found?”

The report references earlier work “Definition of Underwater Search Areas” and “Flight Path Analysis”.

It notes, briefly, that “The 7th arc … is the key datum in the search for MH370.”

China family members remain concerned that the first principle, the question of the validity of the satellite data, continues to be overlooked.

Earlier media releases pointed to a claim by a contributor to a physics forum 28 May 2014 that authorities had used his critique of their satellite data analysis to “refine their lies” and that they had altered the data in a coverup.

(Malaysia Chronicle, Friday, 19 February 2016 22:42

MH370 BOMBSHELL: NEXT-OF-KIN REVEAL EVIDENCE OF MALAYSIAN GOVT COVER-UP)

The question remains “If the data is valid, the search area correct and the method results without doubt, why has MH370 not been found?” The answer, “It is a mystery”, will never be acceptable.

The report, released 20 December 2016, is available on the ATSB website.

ENDS

MH370 China Families


Wednesday 4 January 2017

Joint Agency Coordination Centre  – MH370 Operational Search Update

Key developments this week

Search status

At a meeting of Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China held on 22 July 2016, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the current search area.

Ministers have reiterated that this does not mean the termination of the search. Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.

It is expected the search operations currently being undertaken by Fugro Equator may be completed in January 2017.

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Weather

Poor weather prior to Christmas impacted on search operations.  Weather has improved during the past week, although a cold front is moving across the search area today. A ridge of high pressure will briefly dominate the search area on Thursday with another frontal passage expected on Friday. This may impact AUV operations.

Previous versions:

MH370 Operational Search Updates


Monday 2 January 2017 

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Dear Members of the Press, Media, Public,

Attached is a statement from VOICE370 regarding the recent Self Funded Awareness Raising Campaign in Madagascar and Mauritius.

For comment/interview please contact:

1. Grace SubathiraiNathan (USA): +18186332721, gsubathirai@gmail.com
2. KS Narendran (India): +919500080564, ks.narendran@gmail.com
3. Ghyslain Wattrelos (France): +33626692752, g.wattrelos@live.fr
4. Jiang Hui (China) (Mandarin): +8613701010166, jh139@139.com
5. Jenninfer Chong (Australia): +61421029981, jtan.cyl@gmail.com
6. Danica Weeks (Australia): +61429231642, danica.weeks@gmail.com

OFFICIAL STATEMENT
“VOICE370” – THE MH370 FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
MH370 Debris Recovery Public Awareness Campaign in Madagascar and Mauritius

7 Next -of -Kin (NOK) of those on -board missing Flight MH370 recently undertook a self -funded trip to Madagascar (3-10 Dec 2016) and Mauritius (11-16 Dec 2016)
with the following prime objectives:

* Spread awareness about the high probability of potential MH370 debris washing up along the coasts of Madagascar and Mauritius
* Request local authorities, communities, tourism operators, and religious and community leaders to communicate the need to look out for debris along their coasts, and seek their cooperation in properly recording any find and its subsequent handling, reporting, and hand over to authorities.

The trip was spurred by the lack of any organised effort by the states involved with the MH370 search and investigation and the debris finds in and off coastal East Africa by members of the public.

The seven MH370 NOKs who made the trip are pleased to report that they were warmly received by authorities and the people of these two countries. The NOKs received utmost cooperation along every step the way. The NOKs express deep gratitude to the people of Madagascar and Mauritius for the concern, support, hospitality and love.

The MH370 NOKs appeal was given widespread multimedia coverage and this effort was supplemented by the distribution of educational brochures and ground visits to fishing communities as well as government agencies of relevance.

[ Brochures detailing guidelines for those who find potential MH370.
The pdf file can be downloaded here
An Updated (5 Dec 2016) zip file including a google earth kml
here ]

The NOKs too engaged in physical ground search at high probability sites identified through drift modelling by Prof Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi of the University of Western Australia. During this effort, one potential piece of debris was recovered at Riake Beach in Madagascar by NOK from China, Mr Jiang Hui and one more by concerned private individual Blaine Gibson and his team. Two other pieces were found by locals as a result of and/or in response to our initiative. These debris will be handed over to the appropriate authorities for verification and investigation.

It is hoped that this initiative by the families will be complemented by formal plans, programs, and protocols arranged and funded by Malaysia and/or China, Australia as well as other nations with citizens on board in concert with the authorities in Tanzania, Mozambique, S Africa. Madagascar, Mauritius. and other island territories along the path produced by drift modelling.

It is our understanding that the ocean current / drift studies that have yielded a map of landing sites for potential MH370 debris was referenced in the First Principles Review Report released on 20 Dec 2016. We hope our commitment and drive helps the authorities to make good their pledges, commitments and guarantees to Not Stop Searching until MH370 is found.

The Search Must Go On.
#SearchOn


Saturday 24 December 2016

New debris report today from Mossel Bay South Africa

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Mossel Bay, South Africa

c0dlbgcveaa35h7A new piece of highly likely mh370 debris was reported today from Mossel Bay South Africa by Albie Morkel on Facebook.

According to Mike Exner from the independent research group, the piece might be a trailing edge from the flap segment that was found in Kojani Pemba Island Tanzania.

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The wing flap found on 23 June 2016 in Kojani, Pemba Island, Tanzania was  confirmed to be the inboard section of a Boeing 777 outboard flap as originating from the aircraft registered 9M-MRO and operating as MH370 on 15 September 2016.

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Last year on 23 December 2015, an Engine Nose Cowl (with Rolls Royce logo) was also found at Mossel Bay, South Africa. It was found by Schalk Lockhoff and was found again on 21 March 2016 by Neels Kruger. On 12 May 2016 the ATSB released a report saying that tests show that part is almost certain from MH370

An update on 28 Dec 2016 by Mike Exner:

Read more
Could Albie Morkel have found a clue about missing flight MH370 in Mossel Bay? – Heraldlive.co.za – 29 Dec 2016
MH370: South African all-rounder Albie Morkel finds possible piece of debris while holidaying at Mossel Bay – Ibtimes.co.uk – 30 Dec 2016


Friday 23 December 2016

Metal object washed ashore in Kalawanchikudi, Sri Lanka

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Metal object washed ashore in Kalawanchikudi

A metal object of about 15 feet (4.57 mtr) suspected to be a part of an aircraft had been found washed ashore in Kaludaweli beach in Kalawanchikudi, Batticaloa this morning, Police said.

Kalawanchikudi police are investigating.

Sources: DailyMirror.lk, Adaderana.lk, Hirunews.lk 

Silkworm (missle)

300px-silkwormmissile-750pixThe metal object found washed ashore in Kaludaweli beach in Kalawanchikudi, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, seem to resemble a Silkworm (missle). The Shang You (SY-series) and Hai Ying (HY-series) were early Chinese anti-ship missiles. They were derived from the Soviet P-15 Termit missile.

The HY-1 and HY-2 received the NATO reporting name Silkworm. However, to confuse matters, Western media also referred to the SY-series, and its export derivatives, the Fei Long (FL-series) as Silkworms.

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Map with Silkworm operators in blue

The SY-series were developed from the Soviet P-15 Termit. They were used on small missile boats with limited electronics. The Chinese encountered difficulties making the missile compatible with the more complex systems of larger warships. This could have resulted in premature launches or detonations when the electronics were placed on full power. In response, the HY-series was designed for warships and to replace the SY-series.

The SY-series was initially produced concurrently with the HY-series to arm missile boats and to provide an inexpensive alternative for export.

… Read more >>


Wednesday 21 December 2016

MH370: Malaysia to hold tripartite meeting with Australia and China on direction of search operation

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Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 (Bernama) — Malaysia will hold a tripartite meeting with Australia and China to deliberate on the future direction of the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 that has been missing since March 2014.

Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the meeting, to be organised by the ministry, would also determine the next course of action to identify the location of the aircraft.

“All decisions pertaining to the location of the next search (operation) for MH370, which is believed to have crashed, will be determined at the meeting,” he said to reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Ab Aziz was asked to comment on the First Principle Review Report on MH370 released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) yesterday, that the previously identified underwater area scoured in the southern Indian Ocean did not contain the aircraft wreckage.

He said the ministry could not comment on the report until the tripartite meeting took place.

Ab Aziz did not disclose details on the date and location of the meeting.

The ATSB said their experts had identified an area of about 25,000 sq km to the north of the current search area as the area with the highest probability of containing the aircraft wreckage.

According to the report, the experts concluded that if the area were to be searched, prospective areas for locating the aircraft wreckage, based on all the analysis to date, would be exhausted.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. — Bernama


Wednesday 21 December 2016 

Joint Agency Coordination Centre – MH370 Operational Search Update

The Australian Government remains committed to the MH370 search. While search operations will continue uninterrupted over the Christmas/New Year period, there will be no MH370 Operational Search Update until Wednesday, 4 January 2017.

Key developments this week

Search Status

At a meeting of Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China held on 22 July 2016, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square-kilometre search area.

Ministers have reiterated that this does not mean the termination of the search.  Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.

Currently it is expected the search operations of the current area will be completed in January 2017.

2015_Indicative Search Area _Australia Overview _A4
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Weather

A low pressure system is causing strong winds in the south, with a front crossing the area Tuesday and Thursday causing heavy swells from Tuesday. This may impact AUV operations.

Previous versions:

MH370 Operational Search Updates


Tuesday 20 December 2016

Malaysia acknowledges the First Principles Review Report on MH370

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT
BY YB DATO’ SRI LIOW TIONG LAI
MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, MALAYSIA

Malaysia acknowledges the First Principles Review Report on MH370

We acknowledge the release of the First Principles Review Report on MH370 by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today.

While the report presented a thorough analysis of MH370 search efforts, we remain to be guided as to how this can be used to assist us in identifying the specific location of the aircraft.

The Governments of Australia, Malaysia and People’s Republic of China during the Ministerial Tripartite meeting in July 2016 have agreed that consideration will be given in determining next steps should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the location of the aircraft.

I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned and every decision made has and will always be in the spirit of cooperation among the three nations.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of MH370.

[END]

Source: Liow Tion Lai, Minister of Transport Malaysia


Tuesday 20 December 2016

MH370 First Principles Review report

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Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Australia

DC241/2016 – 20 December 2016

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today welcomed the release of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) report MH370—First Principles Review.

“The ATSB report is the result of the First Principles Review workshop in November which was attended by members of the Search Strategy Working Group and international experts,” Mr Chester said.

“The information in the ATSB report, however, does not give a specific location of the missing aircraft.

“We are very close to completing the 120,000 square kilometre underwater search area, and we remain hopeful that we will locate the aircraft.

“As agreed at the Tripartite Ministers meeting in Malaysia in July we will be suspending the search unless credible evidence is available that identifies the specific location of the aircraft.

“The search for MH370 has been the largest in aviation history and has tested the limits of technology, and the capacity of our experts and people at sea.

“Our thoughts remain with the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board,” Mr Chester said.

The report is available on the ATSB website: www.atsb.gov.au/mh370/

Source: minister.infrastructure.gov.au


Transcript—2GB Sydney Live

INTERVIEW with Darren Chester, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Australia

DCI027/2016 – 20 December 2016

Subjects: Search for missing flight MH370

Michael Mclaren: I thought we’d have a chat to Darren Chester, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. He joins me now. Darren, Merry Christmas, good afternoon.

Darren Chester: Good afternoon Michael.

Michael Mclaren: Obviously, MH370 more than two years now missing. The search has been expensive, it has been extensive, and now the report is well, in fact, we’ve been looking in the wrong area, we should be further north. Just how long will the search continue, Darren?

Darren Chester: It is almost three years, Michael, you’re right and it has been a search which by aviation history standards has been the biggest ever undertaken. It has cost in the order of $200 million, the majority of which has come from our support from the Chinese and Malaysian governments. The Australian Government has put a great deal of effort into the underwater search but most of the funding has come from Malaysia and China in that regard. The plan has always been, sort of for the past 18 months, to do 120,000 square kilometre search area; that was the area that was identified as the most highly-probably location for the aircraft through the available evidence we had at the time, and we are not very far away from finishing that 120,000 square kilometres. So we’re looking to finish that part of the search in, I think, early January at this stage if the weather stays fine, and the agreement between Malaysia and China and the Australia Government was unless there’s any credible evidence available to us at that time that identifies the specific location of the aircraft, then we would suspend the search at that time.

So, that’s where we sit at the moment. It has been a search of epic proportions; it has really tested the endurance of the people involved. Their searching in water which is up to six kilometres deep and 2000 kilometres off the West Australian coast in some of the most inhospitable seas in the world. So, it has been a tough and arduous search and unfortunately for the families of those missing, it has been unsuccessful at this stage.

Michael Mclaren: Obviously, leading up to Christmas, it would be acutely difficult for the families of those still registered as missing. Although, I suppose people would question the need to continue the search considering, one, the costs—and we’ve just had MYEFO, et cetera, come out—but also the lack of evidence thus far found.

I mean, how important is it, though— I mean to counter that—how important is it from our point of view and the airline industry’s point of view and others that the wreckage be found so that the evidence can be worked through and questions can be answered?

Darren Chester: Well, it is enormously important from that perspective and human nature is we don’t like mysteries and this is a mystery of epic proportions and also a tragedy of equally epic proportions. So, for the family and friends of the 239 people on board, this has been an ongoing nightmare for them. For the people involved in the search effort, you know, we have got the world’s best researchers, analysts working on this, it is not only from our own ATSB, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, we have brought in experts from around the world to validate the search effort. We need to keep in mind that it is quite a limited amount of evidence available and data available to them in the work they have done and they have had to try and work their way through what is a very difficult problem to calculate the aircraft’s last movements, last known movements, and then try to figure out where it may be in the ocean as a result.

So, it has been a very difficult search and it really has tested the limits of science and technology, and human endurance as well. So, it has, by aviation history standards, it has been the largest search ever undertaken and obviously it is frustrating and disappointing for everyone involved that we haven’t been able to locate the aircraft at this stage. We remain hopeful that these last few thousands square kilometres may yield a result but we need to prepare ourselves for the likelihood or the prospect that we won’t find MH370 in that 120,000 square kilometres.

Michael Mclaren: Yeah, exactly. I mean, there’s a lot of armchair experts in this but there is also a lot of people with quite a bit of experience in the aviation industry, they’ve been saying for a long time, in fact, that we’ve all been looking in the wrong area. I mean, what’s your response to them in light of the fact that basically the ATSB and CSIRO reports suggest in fact that’s true; we should be looking in a different spot?

Darren Chester: I am not going to second guess the experts in that regard, Michael. The information that they had available to them and the work they’ve done has indicated that they’re in the vicinity of where the aircraft went down. Now, obviously, if we don’t find the aircraft in that 120,000 square kilometre search area, we are open to the criticism that you had looked in the wrong place. Well, if it is not there it must be somewhere else and that’s a pretty obvious assumption to make.

Michael Mclaren: That’s evidence, yeah.

Darren Chester: But where is the next place you look becomes pretty difficult. My involvement with the Malaysian Government and the Chinese Government in July this year when we met in Malaysia was around that point, that unless there is credible evidence which is available to us at the time that identifies a specific location of the aircraft, we would suspend it at 120,000 square kilometres. And we need to keep in mind that we don’t want to be raising false hope among the family and friends if, in fact, we don’t know where the aircraft is once we complete that 120,000 square kilometre area and it would be appropriate to suspend the search at that time.

Of course we still remain hopeful— we’ve got people at sea right now doing that underwater search effort. They have located missing shipwrecks from over 100 years ago, they have found oil drums on the bottom of the ocean floor, but they haven’t been able to find the missing aircraft, which is obviously what we are all most interested in.

Michael Mclaren: Indeed. Well it’s, as you say, one of the great mysteries at this point in time. Let’s hope before too long it can be solved. Darren Chester, for your time this afternoon, thank you.

Darren Chester: All the best for Christmas, Michael.


Tuesday 20 December 2016 

MH370 – drift analysis

CSIRO David Griffin 20 December 2016

20140320The Australian Transport Safety Bureau today released MH370 – First Principles Review and our supporting document The search for MH370 and ocean surface drift. Our supporting document details the results of a comprehensive attempt to use drift modelling to inform efforts to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It differs from earlier attempts to do this in several important ways, which, along with other developments (especially the discovery in early 2016 of many additional items after the flaperon was discovered in July 2015), have enabled it to come up with a location of the aircraft that is much more precise than we thought was possible.

One of the critical elements of our work was to address the question of how quickly aircraft parts drift downwind compared to oceanographic drifters, whose rates of drift across the ocean are quite well known. We did this by deploying life-size, GPS-equipped replicas of the flaperon and two other found parts of the aircraft alongside oceanographic drifters. With the ‘effective windage coefficient’ determined, we then used daily estimates of the wind (from ECMWF) and surface currents from the latest version of our global ocean model, to compute trajectories of hypothetical items of debris. The ocean model is informed by continuous satellite measurements of sea level (dotted in the Figure at right), enabling it to be quite accurate on a daily basis.

The first figure at right (click it to expand or [here to animate]) shows the outline in red of the area of sea floor that has been searched to date. Computed positions on 20 March 2014 (12 days after the aircraft went missing) of many hypothetical debris items are shown in black. These correspond to hypothetical accident sites either side of the 7th arc, from latitude 40S to 31S. The report describes why the northwestward displacement of items originating near 35-36S would explain the absence of detections during the surface search in March-April 2014 as well as the absence of debris findings on the WA coastline. This suggests the crash occurred near 36S-35S. The report also explains why we think that the accident is very unlikely to have occurred north of 32S or south of 39S.

Now that the 39S-36S segment of the arc has been searched, the 36-32S segment is all that remains. A zone close to the arc has already been searched, so the only possible locations remaining are outside that zone but within about 25NM of the 7th arc (see 2nd Figure at right from the ATSB report, which can also be clicked to expand).

For more details of how we have come to this conclusion, please see our and the ATSB’s reports.

Source: marine.csiro.au/~griffin/MH370/


Tuesday 20 December 2016

MH370 First Principles Review and CSIRO reports

ATSB MEDIA RELEASE 20 December 2016

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MH370 – First Principles Review Conclusions

Today the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released its report MH370 – First Principles Review and CSIRO’s supporting report The search for MH370 and ocean surface drift.

The First Principles Review report summarises the outcomes of a meeting conducted in November and attended by Australian and international experts in data processing, satellite communications, accident investigation, aircraft performance, flight operations, sonar data, acoustic data and oceanography.

The purpose of the First Principles Review was to reassess and validate existing evidence and to consider any new analysis that may assist in identifying the location of MH370. The CSIRO report, which should be read in conjunction with the ATSB report, was commissioned by the ATSB earlier in 2016 and was considered by the experts attending the First Principles Review.

The experts confirmed their agreement that the analysis of the last two SATCOM transmissions, the likely housed position of the main flaps at impact, and results from the recent flight simulations indicate with high probability that the aircraft lies within 25 NM of the 7th arc that had been derived from analysis of the last satellite communications with the aircraft.

Given the high confidence in the search undertaken to date, the experts agreed that the previously defined indicative underwater area is unlikely to contain the missing aircraft between latitudes 36°S and 39.3°S along the 7th arc.

The experts also agreed that CSIRO’s debris drift modelling results present strong evidence that the aircraft is most likely to be located to the north of the current indicative underwater search area. When considered together with updated flight path modelling, the experts concluded that an unsearched area between latitudes 33°S and 36°S along the 7th arc of approximately 25,000 km², has the highest probability of containing the wreckage of the aircraft.

MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. Australia, Malaysia and People’s Republic of China have been working together to find the aircraft since that time.

Given the international protocols for aircraft recovery scenarios such as this, Malaysia will continue to take the central role in the determination of any future course of action in the search for MH370.

This report has been provided to the three principal Governments involved in the search effort for their consideration.

Read reports: MH370 – First Principles Review and The search for MH370 and ocean surface drift.

MH370 – First Principles Review.pdf

The search for MH370 and ocean surface drift.pdf


Sunday 18 December 2016 

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MH370 Families Day 14:

A heart-warming gratitude note of Grace Subathirai Nathan, representative of the MH370 relatives that are on a mission in Mauritius.

A personal note of gratitude by Grace Subathirai Nathan:

Our trip to Madagascar and Mauritius was a trip like none before. It was a trip motivated by disappointment, sorrow and sadness at a lack of answers after more than 1,000 days of waiting.

I’ve been on trips that tested my endurance and strength before but this tested me like no other. I think it has been the most physically, emotionally and mentally challenging trip of my life. I often found myself in complete disbelief over the things i found myself doing. For example I never thought that I would one day yearn to understand the ocean currents in East Africa. By our last day in Mauritius the even auto pilot i usually run on when doing press interviews was barely working.

But apart from all the hardship faced I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to experience how much love and hope exists in this world. I remain in awe at how people with no connection to MH370 and people who had never even heard of MH370 cared so much for our cause. I was moved by how many people came forward to help and how much they wanted to do. The way in which people made time for us on such short notice, and the way in which we were received was truly heartwarming.

Given how busy we were, we spent most of our time in these beautiful countries within walls or inside cars driving from one meeting to the next. Although we may not have seen much of what many people specifically travel there to see or experience but I feel like I got to experience the beauty of its people, from all walks of live, who showed genuine interest, care and concern.

People did not ask us why we were still looking, instead they wished us courage and success on our mission.
They did not say, please go away instead they asked what they could do to help.
They showed me that there is still hope in this world, they showed me that people still care, they showed me that at large people do want this plane found.

There are a number of people who I need to thank personally.

Firstly my friend Blaine Alan Gibson
Blaine has been looking for debris long before many of the next of kin were even able to accept that the plane may have crashed.

Especially after making this trip myself I truly understand how challenging it can be and it is at no small cost of time, energy or finance.

i am aware that there are people out there who are suspicious of his motives and/or intent and in recent times some of Blaine’s efforts have been called into question. I personally find it ridiculous on many levels. The accusations are downright baseless and false. Any attack on Blaine and his efforts you are indirectly attacking our efforts too, for we are all working together towards the same goal. We want to find MH370.

In a remarkable coincidence these are also people who have never met him. I wish more people would make an effort to get to know him before judging him. In all the time that I have known him I have found him to genuine, sincere and honest. He has always respected me and the other family members and has always put our interests first. He is not motivated by any sort of reward from us, in fact at the last remembrance events he insisted on paying for his own t-shirt.

Our recent trip to Madagascar and Mauritius were to some (maybe even a large extent) motivated by Blaine’s efforts in the area.

In a world where we feel very alone in the search for MH370, with the official search winding down, and an apparent lack of motivation by the authorities to continue the search, we value friends like Blaine, who are few and far between.

Blaine, thank you so much for everything that you have done and continue to do. I have always trusted your efforts and appreciated you. If anything I know appreciate you even more after experiencing the work you have been doing for months.

Secondly, friends in Mauritius (whom i met in Law School in Bristol, England and my fathers friend that he met in Beijing)

From the time we arrived in Mauritius we were in the care of our friends.

Mervin Chedumbarum, thank you for organising our accommodation, for picking us up from the airport, driving us around for hours at a time and even sending us back to the airport. Thank you for the generosity of your time and your effort.

Yuvi SP, Narayen Poonisamy and Shiv Servansingh

Thank you for organising every single appointment we had through your friends , family and personal contacts.I doubt we would have gotten anywhere near as much done without your help.

Thank you for taking time off from work and walking me from meeting to meeting in the scorching sun, sometimes driving from appointment to appointment and even accompanying me from beach to beach when we were looking for debris. Then to top it all off even took me to the best dinner I had in the longest time and for drinks after.

We were not even the closest of friends in law school and yet you have all gone over and above to help me. For all the things I have done wrong in my life, I must have done something right to have such wonderful people to call friends. Now all I can do is hope and pray that I will someday have the privilege to repay you for all your kindness.

Thirdly François Giles Ecroignard,

We had never even met before I came to Mauritius, yet you were so sincere in wanting to help us.

Thank you so much for organising our press conference and handling every single one of my media engagements.

Thank you for making the appointments for so many of our meetings and accompanying us every single day. I know it was not easy.

Thank you for walking with is for hours on the beach while we looked for debris.

I am deeply grateful for everything you have done for us and I will never ever forget how big a difference you have made.

We owe you more than just a thank you but sadly thank you is all I have to give at this time. I hope someday I get the chance to do more.

Rojo Mathews whom I met by chance at my uncles wake, thank you for reaching out and putting me in touch with people you knew in Madagascar.

Last but not least Yvonne Harrison, Sher Kean, Kaye Russell & Nicholas Pally for all the help offered remotely with contacts, emails and logistics throughout esp when we had limited internet.

The trip to Madagascar and Mauritius may be over but the journey is not. Thank you to everyone who has been with us every step of the way. Thank you to the authorities, public, media, family and friends for helping us in our quest.

Together lets keep #searchingformh370 #searchon #mh370 #nevergiveup#hope #voice370


Saturday 17 December 2016

Could this debris be key in finding MH370?

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Ellenbrook resident Sheryl Keen believes these items that washed up on Madagascar could be from MH370. Picture: Ross Swanborough

KEY clues to help solve the MH370 mystery could be inside a suitcase in an Ellenbrook home.

Perth woman Sheryl Keen, the chairwoman of Air Crash Support Group Australia, has had about 20 items stored in a suitcase at her home since September, which she’s confident are personal effects belonging to passengers aboard the doomed Malaysia Airlines jet.

The items, mainly shoes and handbags, were handed to Ms Keen by amateur MH370 investigator Blaine Gibson, a US lawyer who has been scouring the islands off east Africa for debris belonging to the mystery plane. Unfortunately, none of the battered items contain anything that identifies their owners.

The Malaysian Government refused to take the debris, claiming they were not linked to MH370, Ms Keen said.

To date, seven pieces of debris recovered from islands and the east African coast have been confirmed as part of the missing plane which vanished on March 8, 2014, with JU239 passengers and crew on board, including Perth man Paul Weeks.

Ms Keen said she contacted the Australian Federal Police, which has agreed to catalogue and forensically examine the items in her possession, all of which were found along a 13km stretch on Riake Beach in Madagascar.

She said the items in her suitcase were only a small sample of the personal effects found washed ashore in the area, much of which still remains in Madagascar.

“How many beaches have you been to where 100 handbags wash up and not just 100 handbags, but 100 handbags all in the same condition? It’s not like some were there 10 years and some were there 10 months, they’d all deteriorated to the same level,” she said.

“The fact the items we’ve recovered are all cabin-type debris, we’re not seeing suitcases or things that would be in the (cargo) hold … it tells me that part of the aircraft (cabin) broke apart.”

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Sheryl Keen with the slipper. Picture: Ross Swanborough

Among the items is a single brown slipper, which Ms Keen believes may belong to an Asian woman seen wearing similar footwear with white socks on CCTV footage before she boarded MH370.

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CCTV pic of woman about to board MH370. Debris hunters believe the shoes she’s wearing could very well be one of the brown slippers found washed up on a Madagascar beach. They have dubbed the unknown woman “Cinderella”. Picture: Supplied

The unknown woman has been dubbed “Cinderella”.

“Without hope, what have you got?” she said. “We want to find out what happened to the aircraft and bring answers to the families. This is a travesty, we can’t allow this to go on with no answers because what will stop it from happening again and again and again.

“The families want people to know it’s bigger than just them. It affects everyone that flies. Although it’s really sad for them, they want answers for us as much as for their own circumstances.”

The AFP confirmed it had been contacted by ASGA regarding items in the group’s possession and it was seeking advice from the Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre. The JACC, which is co-ordinating the search and recovery mission, said the AFP’s request was under consideration.

Ms Keen, who lost her agriculture pilot husband in a 2009 plane crash, said the Malaysian Government, which had responsibility for returning any personal effects to next of kin, was dragging its feet and had only just sent officials to travel to Madagascar to collect pieces of debris.

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Cinderella’s slippers. Picture: Supplied

Seven relatives of MH370 victims are in Madagascar to search for debris and urge locals to keep a lookout for further items from the missing Boeing 777.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said every avenue should be examined in a bid to solve this extraordinary mystery. He said Malaysia’s lack of interest in potential MH370 debris was “deeply troubling” when the country should be supporting and funding such efforts.

“Some of the stuff they have been finding has been incredibly important in confirming we are looking in the right general area,” he said.

Unlike physical hardware of the plane, personal effects were more difficult to identify unless relatives came forward, Mr Thomas said.

“It’s the most tragic jigsaw puzzle and every single piece is important … history has shown that the smallest, most inconsequential piece of debris can lead to the discovery of what went wrong.”

Search vessel MV Fugro Equator left Fremantle this week to conduct a final sweep of deep-sea ravines. When the 120,000sqkm search zone is fully combed early next year, the search will be suspended without any new credible evidence.

Source: Kate Campbell PerthNow December 17, 2016 

Also Read: Is this shoe from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370? Woman finds a slipper she says belongs to ‘Cinderella’ – a passenger pictured boarding the doomed flight – Daily Mail – 18 Dec 2016
Perth woman may hold MH370 evidence – au.news.yahoo.com – 19 Dec 2016


Saturday 17 December 2016

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MH370 Families Day 12 & 13: An update from Mauritius 

An Update by Grace Subathirai Nathan, representative of the MH370 relatives that are on a mission in Mauritius.

Update day 12 & 13 Team Mauritius

Day 12:

We went to 3 smaller islands off Mauritus including one of the beaches where a piece of debris was found. However we did not find any debris.

We also met with some fishing authority and met the coast Guards who found a piece of debris.

We also spoke to some local fisherman. It was encouraging to know almost all the people we spoke to were already aware of our efforts having read, seen or heard it on the news.

Day 13:

Today we met the commander of the coast guard and deputy commissioner of police (because the commissioner himself got called to the PMO as we arrived for the meeting)

We were very impressed when the coast guard told us that they had already been on the look out since the flaperon was found in Reunion, last year. In fact when I mentioned possible debris on st Brandon they told us that they had already sent a team and conducted a physical search of st Brandon. They also told us they have been checking any reports made by the locals about any finds or sightings.

Next we went to several radio stations to record our appeal to the public so that it could be repeated on air a few times.

After our meetings we went straight to the airport.

Today marks the end of our journey in Mauritius. We are currently awaiting departure for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thank you to all the wonderful people in Mauritius who were so selfless in helping us. Your care, concern and interest in our cause has touched and moved us deeply.

Together let’s #keepsearchingformh370 #searchon #hope #nevergiveup #hope


Thursday 15 December 2016

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MH370 Families Day 11: An update from Mauritius

An Update by Grace Subathirai Nathan, representative of the MH370 relatives that are on a mission in Mauritius now.

Update day 11:

Yesterday we had many meetings.

We met with the tourism authority, the police, dive association, hotel association, reef conservation, senior chief executive of ministry of tourism and external communications (because the Deputy PM was not free) and the deputy director of DCA

They were all extremely receptive and very keen to help. They have all agreed to alert the organisations under their purview and share the brochures and information pack.

Given that potential and actual mh370 debris has been found here in Mauritius before they already have a protocol in place for the handing over to DCA while awaiting collection by Malaysia.

Our press conference was well attended by all local print, online, radio and tv press.

Right after the press conference several local people proceeded to contact us via fb / email to tell us that they wanted to help and did not want anything in return. One gentlemen found my number and called to tell us he was a Malaysian living in mauritus. He later met with us, invited us to his home and offered to help in anyway he can. He is also putting us in touch with members of Rotaract.

Today we are going to visit some smaller islands just off the main islands.

Thank you so much to all the people of mauritus who have been so gracious in accepting our appeal to further the search for mh370. Hopefully we can find the credible new information or evidence we need to continue the search for mh370.”

The families of the victims ask all Mauritians, tourists and people on the islands and east African coastlines who believe they have discovered a piece of the plane to contact the authorities to hand over the pieces.

They are also available to answer any questions through the mail: voice370.media@gmail.com


Wednesday 14 December 2016

Analysis of flight MH370 potential debris trajectories using ocean observations and numerical model results

Journal of Operational Oceanography

Volume 9, 2016 – Issue 2
Pages 126-138 | Received 01 Jun 2016, Accepted 30 Sep 2016, Published online: 16 Nov 2016  | Date 14 December 2016

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Trajectories calculated from computer simulations. – illustration: NOAA

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014. Potential sites of where the plane entered the water are considered within a vast region of the Indian Ocean. They present a methodology to assess the potential crash site based on where airplane debris was found, with an emphasis on the first debris discovery on Reunion Island. This methodology uses the historical dataset of surface drifters and numerical modeling results. Marine debris, depending on its buoyancy, is exposed to varying amounts of wind, and they conducted tests for a suite of different scenarios. The methodology proposed here enables them to generate fields of particle density probability to assess debris trajectories and, therefore, hypothesize on the potential crash site. They provide an estimate of the most likely windage affecting floating debris on its way to Reunion Island by assuming the plane entered the sea in the defined search area. Their results indicate that areas within the Indian Ocean subtropical gyre, including the search area, could be a source of the debris found on Reunion Island. They also identify zones that can be excluded as potential crash sites and provide estimated travel times and probable ashore positions of plane debris through an analysis of the historical surface drifter dataset. Recent discoveries of new debris linked to flight MH370 in Mozambique, South Africa, Mauritius, and Tanzania are consistent with their results and confirm the general westward drift and travel time of debris from the search area.
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Source: Journal of Operational Oceanography © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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In the news:
Oceanographers offer clues to Malaysian airlines crash – The Guardian 14 Dec 2016

Also Read: #MH370: Looking back into Area 25S 101E (Batavia/HAI XUN 01’s 37.5 kHz Ping Detection’s) – by Bookofresearch 27 July 2016 


Wednesday 14 December 2016

Families of MH370 victims seek help from Mauritians

Relatives of passengers of the missing plane MH370 are in Mauritius. Their goal: to ask the public and the authorities to help them recover any debris from the Boeing MH370 of Malaysia Airlines. They led a in that press conference Wednesday, December 14th at the Hotel Saint Georges, Port Louis.

These five relatives come from Malaysia and China. They hope that Maurice media will get the message to the public so they can collect the most possible debris. They ask the public to inform the police if they find something. Note the date and take pictures, they urge. Do not try to clean the debris, they warn.

A modest reward is given to those who found the plane. Relatives have already met with representatives of the police on Wednesday morning, tomorrow they will try to meet more specifically the National Coast Guard. They say they are looking for new ways to provide further research.

In January or February 2017, the Malaysian authorities will have completed the search in an area of 120,000 km². They will then stop research to find out what remains of the flight of Malaysia Airlines which disappeared from the radars on March 8, 2014.

(This does not mean the termination of the search.  Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.)

For Grace Nathan, whose mother was traveling on board the Boeing 777, not knowing exactly what happened on the flight is serious, as this information could prevent similar air disasters in the future.

The families of the victims therefore ask all Mauritians who believe they have discovered a piece of the plane to contact the authorities to hand over the pieces. They are also available to answer any questions through the mail: voice370.media@gmail.com

Objects suspected of coming from the aircraft were found on a southeastern beach in November 2015. In May 2016, an aircraft debris was found by the police on a Gris-Gris beach. A Malaysian expert had been dispatched to the island.

Sources: Lexpress.mu, ionnews.mu 

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MH370 Families Day 10

An Update by Grace Subathirai Nathan, representative of the MH370 relatives that are on a mission in Mauritius now.

Update Day 10:

Team Mauritius.

Today the group split into three in the morning.

One group went to meet with representatives from the Chinese chamber of commerce in Mauritus to inform them of our objectives.

The second group went to
-finalise arrangements for press conference venue.
-speak to local radio stations to ask for some air time
– arranged for a meeting with hoteliers association

My group met with my friends from law school in England who through their contacts managed to help us arrange meetings for tomorrow and the day after with the deputy prime minister (or his representative), deputy director of DCA, tourism authority, head of police, some press, head of fishermen association and the coast guard.

Later in the evening we reconvened and spoke to a couple of reporters.

Tomorrow we have back to back meetings before and after our press conference.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


Wednesday 14 December 2016

Joint Agency Coordination Centre  – MH370 Operational Search Update

Key developments this week

  • Fugro Equator arrived at Fremantle on Monday, 12 December 2016, to conduct a routine re-supply. The vessel departed on the same day for the search area to continue using the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). This is to be the vessel’s final swing in the search area.
  •  On Wednesday, 7 December 2016, Dong Hai Jiu 101 arrived in Fremantle to demobilise the Phoenix Remora III Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The vessel departed from Fremantle on Saturday, 10 December, to return to Shanghai.

Search Status

At a meeting of Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China held on
22 July 2016, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square-kilometre search area.

Ministers have reiterated that this does not mean the termination of the search.  Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.

Due to poor weather conditions over the Southern hemisphere winter, searching the entire 120,000 square-kilometre underwater search area has taken longer than first planned.  Currently it is expected the search operations of the current area will be completed in January 2017.

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Weather

A weak front will move through on Wednesday.  Strong fronts will move through the area from Thursday before a ridge moves over the area on Saturday.  Strong fronts are expected to be experienced in the area again from Sunday.

There are no vessels currently operating in the search area.

Previous versions:

MH370 Operational Search Updates


Monday 12 December 2016

Search for MH370 – Chinese Vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101

MEDIA RELEASE

DC224/2016 – 13 December 2016

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today thanked the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the services of Dong Hai Jiu 101, a Chinese search vessel which was used as part of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

“The Dong Hai Jiu 101 has provided significant assistance in the search for the missing aircraft,” Mr Chester said.

The vessel commenced search operations in February 2016, initially scanning broad tracks of the ocean floor using deep tow sonar equipment before moving to undertake detailed inspection points of interest, identified by deep tow operations, using a Remotely Operated Vehicle.

“This final detailed inspection, which commenced in late October from Fremantle, has been invaluable undertaking 33 dives in the 120,000 square-kilometre search area,” Mr Chester said.

The vessel has now completed its missions and is returning to Shanghai.

Fugro Equator and its Autonomous Underwater Vehicle remains searching and it is expected the search area will be completed early 2017.

MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. Australia, Malaysia and People’s Republic of China have been working together to find the aircraft since that time.

In July 2016 Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current 120,000 square-kilometre search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the search area.

Source: minister.infrastructure.gov.au/


Monday 12 December 2016 

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MH370 Families Update Day 8 & 9: Another piece of possible debris found and a Press Conference in Mauritius on Wednesday 

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A piece of debris found by a local fisherman in Sept 2016

On Day 8 of their search, Team Riake, at isle Sainte Marie, traveled back to Antananarivo early in the morning, where they attempted to meet with local Chinese business community representatives but the meetings did not materialize.

After they left Riake, a local fisherman heard their radio broadcast and turned a piece of debris in to Blaine Alan Gibson. It was a piece he had found in September.

They have received some positive feedback after their stint in Madagascar, with one piece of debris being turned in to Blaine Gibson they have also been receiving emails with photos of potential debris and hope to conduct some preliminary photo identification with the help of the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau.

The end of the NOK’s journey in Madagascar and the beginning of their journey in Mauritius.

Press Conference in Mauritius

The family members of those on board the ill fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 are in Mauritius from 11.12.2016 to 14.12.2016 to further the search for MH370.

They would like to invite the press to a conference they are holding to highlight the purpose of their trip.

Please find the invitation, in French and in English, as attached and the details as follows:

Date: 14 Dec 2016
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Le Saint Georges Hotel
En face de l’ambassade française,
19 St Georges St, Port Louis
Tel: 211 2581

More related news 12 December 2016

Scouring Madagascar beaches, desperate Chinese families search for MH370 clues and closure – scmp.com


Saturday 10 December 2016

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MH370 Families Day 7

An Update by Grace Subathirai Nathan, representative of the MH370 relatives that are on a mission in Madagascar.

Update day 7:

Team Riake:

The NOK went to Antsirake Beach today. They split up to do the beach combing, spoke to local people and handed out brochures

Later in the afternoon they met contacts from the Chinese business association. One of them agreed to communicate the cause to the mayor/ prefect in the area and all villages in the area.

They also met the radio broadcaster to broadcast the message for the next one month at least.

Team Nosy Be:

We went to every fishing village around the mainland and to the port.

We spoke to all the local fishermen and distributed the brochures and explained our cause to them. They have been very helpful so far.

In the evening we met with head of the apostolate del mar, who will communicate our cause to all the parish people in all their Churches across Nosy Be And all the schools that they have affiliations with.

While speaking to the fishermen some of them had heard of our cause on the radio already. Two minutes ago, a french couple approached us at our dinner table to tell us they have received an email from French Foreign Affairs Department, informing them and alerting them about possible MH370 debris.

We are truly blessed to have met with people who genuinely care and are concerned about our cause. To have met people who have not only told us they want to help but have followed through.

Tomorrow we will meet with someone who we hope will hold some reward money to be paid out here in Nosy Be if any debris is turned in.

Both teams will also be flying back to Antananarivo tomorrow. We look forward to regrouping as we prepare for the next leg to Mauritius.

Thank you everyone for the love and support, especially the people in Madagascar who have received us with arms wide open. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Please also pray that our efforts will come to fruition in the days, weeks and months to come.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Friday  9 December 2016

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MH370 Families Day 5 & 6: Two pieces of possible MH370 Debris found at Riake beach Madagascar on 8 and 9 December 2016

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On Thursday 8 December and Friday 9 December 2016 two pieces of possible debris were found at Riake beach, Nosy Bohara (Ile Sainte Marie), Madagascar, the same beach were Blaine Gibson found several pieces of potential debris and possible personal items in June 2016 and which were finally collected by Malaysian investigators last week.

On Thursday 8 December 2016, relatives of MH370 passengers found a possible piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane at an island off the east coast of Madagascar. The group Voice370, representing the association for families of passengers and crew, tweeted the item was found on Riake Beach, Isle St Marie, and was the first piece found by next-of-kin.

Today, Friday 9 December 2016, another piece of potential debris that washed up the shore was found by Blaine Gibson on the same beach where NOK Jiang found a piece yesterday.

Voice370 Plea to Madagascar: Help Us Find Debris



mh370-familiies-search-brochureFrom 03 Dec 2016 to 11 Dec 2016, seven Next-of-Kin (NOKs) of passengers on board the Missing Flight MH370 have traveled to Madagascar. A self funded trip in the hope to raise awareness, teach locals about how to identify debris, how to collect debris, what to do with it when they find it, and to search for debris themselves.

They have created maps showing high debris concentration areas in Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania where MH370 debris may wash up on the shore line and also included brochures detailing guidelines for those who find potential MH370.

The pdf file can be downloaded here
An Updated (5 Dec 2016) zip file including a google earth kml
here 


Wednesday 7 December 2016

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MH370 Families Day 4

An Update by Grace Subathirai Nathan, representative of the MH370 relatives that are on a mission in Madagascar.

Update Day 4 :

1. Late last night the Malaysian investigator came to our hotel with the newly appointed honorary Malaysian consulate.

When they came to see us they brought us some gloves, antiseptic wipes and zip lock bags to use on our debris hunting.

2. The french embassy has agreed to send out all our debris locating and handling materials to all the french people living here given that they also travel to the nearby areas on interest often.

They have also agreed to assist, if required, with collection of debris from areas with a french consul to pass to Malaysian consulate.
[the Chinese will request the same from their embassy at their meeting today]

3.Coastal tourism taxi companies have offered to educate their Drivers about mh370 so that they may pass on the information to the tourist they ferry to the coastal areas

4.We received a good response in the local press this morning.

Update from Nosy Be

We met with civil aviation authorities
And they put us in touch with the mayor equivalent of nosy Be. They are called Chief prefect.

This morning a police officer NA Dir from Myotte Island near the Comoros islands has offered to raise awareness amongst the fishing community.

And we attended the meeting and with the Chief together with the local aviation authorities.

He was very concerned and supportive of the whole cause despite not being very informed about the whole mh370 case. He called the other chiefs in all the Districts in North Madagascar to tell them what we had told him and he called a small press conference in his office within 30 mins of our arrival. Radio is the most powerful means of broadcasting in these parts because most don’t have TVs or ability to read the papers.

In any event we spoke to all(tv, print, radio, online). And he promised us the message would be repeated continuously for a couple of weeks. To Ensure it got out.

We were very encouraged.

We have booked a boat for Thursday to search the outer islands – the boatman has decided to only charge us for petrol for the day and not charging for hire etc because he wants to help us.

Today we have a few more meetings. Starting with the tourism office of nosy be. Who will contact and send out our debris identifying and handling material to all hotels , dive agencies, tour companies etc.

Update from Tamatave

We arrived at 12 here

We had s press conference with 6 journalists not really aware of mh370 but they will definitely help us in their media from tomorrow

Then we went to the head of region who was very supportive and will definitely discuss about it with all his subordinate

He help us also to book a meeting tomorrow with the head of harbor here

Then we went to see a young association very present on Internet 80000 followers and key in Tamatave life they will help us.

Today we have fishing association , harbor, Prefet , mayor.

Riake, Isle St Marie

The team going to Riake is presently at the airport waiting for their flight.

They met with the Chinese embassy yesterday

And were also joined by another Chinese next of kin who arrived in Madagascar from china last night.

We thank the wonderful people of Madagascar for their kindness and generosity. We are so grateful for immense love and support we have received. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

#searchon #mh370 #keepsearchingforMH370 #hope #nevergiveup


Wednesday 7 December 2016

Joint Agency Coordination Center  – MH370 Operational Search Update

Key developments this week

  • Fugro Equator paused underwater search operations on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, and commenced passage to Fremantle for a routine re-supply.  It will then return to the search area to continue using the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).  Over the past week, Fugro Equator completed a total of 4 successful AUV missions, with an average duration of 23 hours.
  • On Saturday, 3 December 2016, Dong Hai Jiu 101 concluded underwater search operations and commenced passage to Fremantle to demobilise the Phoenix Remora III Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) before the vessel returns to Shanghai.
    Dong Hai Jiu 101 has completed 33 dives with the ROV since October 2016.

Underwater search operations

As has been reported in previous Updates, search operations moved from deep tow operations to AUV and ROV operations in October 2016.

Deep tow vehicles are equipped with side scan sonar and multibeam echo sounders, making them ideal for searching large areas of the seafloor in a single pass.  They are towed behind the vessels on 10 kilometre-long cables and while they require reasonable conditions to safely launch, once they are in the water they can remain deployed for days at a time.

Areas of the seafloor that are difficult or inefficient to search using the deep tow vehicles, for example areas with irregular terrain are searched using the highly maneuverable AUV.  The AUV is also used to reacquire sonar contacts which require further investigation. The AUV must be launched and recovered in relatively calm sea conditions which limits these operations to the better summer weather months in the search area.

The ROV on Dong Hai Jiu 101 has been used to reacquire, investigate and eliminate sonar contacts of potential interest identified during previous deep tow and AUV search operations.

An ROV is launched from the side of the vessel and is tethered by a cable.  The vessel must remain geostationary over the top of the ROV during a dive and therefore these operations must also be conducted in calmer sea conditions.  The sonar contacts reacquired by the ROV in the past swing of Dong Hai Jiu 101 have been shown to be mainly geology with some manmade items, including cables and drums, which have no relationship to MH370.

Deep tow operations of the search area were completed in October 2016.  Since that time AUV and ROV operations have been used to undertake detailed examination of sonar contacts and points of interest, and examine areas not able to be covered by deep tow operations.

The search vessel, Dong Hai Jiu 101, provided by the People’s Republic of China, departed the search area on 3 December 2016 and has completed its missions in the search for MH370.

Fugro Equator’s missions in the remaining parts of the 120,000 square-kilometre search area are expected to be completed in January/February 2017.

Search Status

At a meeting of Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China held on
22 July 2016, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square-kilometre search area.

Ministers have reiterated that this does not mean the termination of the search.  Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.

Due to poor weather conditions over the Southern hemisphere winter, searching the entire 120,000 square-kilometre underwater search area has taken longer than first planned.

Currently it is expected the search operations of the current area will be completed in January/February 2017.

2015_Indicative Search Area _Australia Overview _A4
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Weather

A succession of troughs will move across the area from Wednesday.  A high pressure system to the west will extend a ridge into the area on Saturday and move across the area on Sunday.

With no vessels operating in the search area, operations will not be impacted.

Previous versions:

MH370 Operational Search Updates


Tuesday 6 December 2016

Six pieces of Madagascar debris handed over to Malaysian investigators 

DCA collects debris after families launch MH370 search

Malaysian aviation investigators have collected six pieces of suspected MH370 debris in Madagascar, two days after seven family members of victims arrived on the island on their self-funded search.

The family members believe the investigators were prompted to go to Madagascar because of their trip, but Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman called it a “coincidence”.

Azharuddin told Malay Mail a Malaysian foreign mission near Madagascar was assisting in the retrieval of the debris.

“We also have an agreement with the authorities there that if there is debris found, they will inform us,” he said.

He said the six pieces of debris and personal items were handed over to investigators on Monday, who would bring them back to Malaysia.

“For the debris, we will discuss with our Australian counterparts and hand the personal items to the police.”

Azharuddin said the authorities would be taking a close look at some personal items found as they were “very important”.

“It’s not that we don’t want to take the debris. It’s far away, time consuming and costly to do so. We also have to get visa’s done and engage with the authorities before hand,” he said.

“We want to sign a memorandum of understanding between the countries (which have been discovering suspected debris) but that is not something we can do in just a month.”

Lawyer Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was aboard the missing aircraft, posted on Facebook that the Malaysian investigators arrived in Madagascar after debris had been left for six months.

“Malaysian investigators arrived in Madagascar to collect debris, we are grateful that our initiative to come to Madagascar prompted the authorities to act,” she said.

The group, with the assistance of independent investigator Blaine Alan Gibson, had decided to go to Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania out of frustration over the inaction of authorities to search for the jet in the area where the debris was found.

Gibson was instrumental in the discovery of debris and personal effects on the islands south of Africa.

Grace yesterday also posted that they had held a press conference in French and English, and had exhibited maps and pieces of debris to raise awareness about “where to look, what to look for, and how to handle any debris found”.

She said they would split into three groups and be travelling to Tamatave, Isle of St Marie and Nosy Be island to cover as much ground possible to search for debris.

“Please keep us in your thoughts. If you have any information or contacts in these areas we would be grateful if you could share them with us,” she said.

The flight, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

It sparked the world’s biggest international search in the southern Indian Ocean, covering more than 110,000 square kilometres. The search is ongoing but has been scaled down.

Also Read: MAS turnaround on documents stumps Aussie MH370 kin (7 Dec 2016)


Monday 5 December 2016

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MH370 Families Day 3

Update Day 3 :

1. Malaysian investigator arrived in Madagascar yesterday to collect debris, we are grateful that our initiative to come to Madagascar promoted the authorities to act on collecting the debris that has been here for 6months.

2. We held our press conference in French and English which was well attended.
At the press conference we used slides, maps, pieces of actual and potential debris to raise awareness about where to look, what to look for, and how to handle any debris found.

At the end of the conference we handed out some copies of the brochures we made.

3. Tomorrow the group will split into three in order to cover as much ground as possible
I. Group one to will go to Tamatave
II. Group two to isle St Marie
III. Group three to Nosy Be

Group I and III will leave tomorrow and group II on Wednesday. Please keep us in your thoughts and if you have any information or contacts in these areas we would be very grateful if you could share with us.

Thank you so much to everyone for the support ❤️

#searchon #mh370 #keepsearchingformh370 #hope #nevergiveup

In an Update she ads:

The 7 of us Next of kin in Madagascar are funding our entire trip on our own and out of our own pockets. We have NOT received any financial contribution of any sort from any party.

Some news reports are INCORRECTLY reporting and/or quoting us/ me stating that the trip is being funded by well wishers and family members.

United we stand, doing this for the ones we love, for all of us Next of Kin and in the interest of aviation safety.

Let’s remain focussed. Let’s #keepsearchingformh370 #searchon #mh370#nevergiveup #hope


Sunday 4 December 2016

mh370-search-onMH370 Families’ Plea to Madagascar: Help Us Find Debris

Relatives of some of the 239 passengers and crew on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 arrived in Madagascar Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean. Ahead of meetings with community leaders and a journey to coastal areas to talk to villagers about the plane, half a dozen relatives traveled to Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital.

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Instruction flyer about how to identify debris, how to collect debris and what to do with it when you find it. Download

The plane vanished in 2014, Grace Nathan, a Malaysian whose mother was on the flight said “We hope that we can raise awareness, teach them about how to identify debris, how to collect debris, what to do with it when they find it.”

They have created Maps showing high debris concentration areas in Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania where MH370 debris may wash up on the shore line and also included brochures detailing guidelines for those who find potential MH370.
The pdf file can be downloaded here
An Updated (5 Dec 2016) zip file including a google earth kml here 

Seven Next-of-Kin (NOKs) of passengers on board the Missing Flight MH370 will travel to Madagascar from the 03 Dec 16 to 11 Dec 16.

cy4wa7qviaqwboAll debris collected to date have been found off the East Coast of Africa by the public. Despite these hugely important finds, there has been no systematic, organised search by any responsible party. This leaves the NOKs no other choice except to take it upon themselves to do something in their quest to find answers and closure.

The NOKs would like to invite the local and international media to a Press Conference in Antananarivo:

Date: 05 Dec 2016
Time: 14.00 (2.00 pm)
Venue: Café de la Gare (Soarano)
Arabe Rainibertsimisaraka,
Antananarivo 00101, Madagascar

The purpose of the press conference is to highlight the purpose of our trip, which is to

1. raise awareness about the still missing plane
2. mobilise the local coastal populations to be on the lookout for potential debris;
3. set up possible collection points;
4. establish a possible incentive system for debris recovered;
5. meet with service organizations and community-based groups, to facilitate help in continuing the search, and
6. search for debris ourselves.

English version | French version


Sunday 4 December 2016

Another document from the confidential Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) investigation into the disappearance of MH370, was released by Mick Rooney, @Airinvestigate on Twitter.
These are said to be part of the 1,000-page Royal Malaysian Police investigation report that was leaked.

After already releasing documents of the RMP report on 12, 14 and 24 November, Mick Rooney has released another document of the report on 4 December 2016;

Folder 5 Aircraft Records and Radar .pdf (74 pages)
This 74 pages document suggests a DVD-R exists with the raw radar data

On 12 November 2016 Mick Roony posted a part of the leaked RMP report that confirms that MH370 FO’s cell phone was briefly detected south of Penang on 8th March, 2014 at 1:52am (MYT) and a Summary conclusion of FO phone & test analysis (with parts clipped & redacted).

On 14 November he posted the RMP Report documents;

  1. Data from Flight Simulator Computer.pdf 658 kB (14 pages)
    This 14-page document includes technical information about the data found on Captain Zaharie Shah’s flight simulator hard drives. It appears that the machine crashed multiple times in the months before MH370’s disappearance. The document also includes a log of when the flight sim was played, the last time being on March 15, 2014, a week after the plane disappeared (presumably this reflects activity by investigators.) Prior to that, the sim had last been played on February 20, two weeks before the disappearance.
    .
  2. Data from Prelim Exam Report (Translated from Malay).pdf 374.12 kB (7 pages)
    This 7-page document seems to have been machine-translated from Malay, and appears to describe a preliminary investigation of the computer hard drives by a Malaysian police technician. It lists the various hard drives found with the flight-sim computer. Among the information recovered were passwords and account information for Captain Zaharie Shah’s hobbies and interests, as well as information about an online bookstore, his various social media accounts, and online shopping. After a section discussing the seven deleted points from the flight simulator,  the report concludes with a brief Summary: “The results of the examination of the goods were found that no any activity outside the common. The overall computer use to host gaming Flight Simulator only. Nor has any information source which directly indicates there any plans to eliminate MH370 found.”
    .
  3. Sim Data.pdf 12.55 MB (31 pages)
    This 31-page document appears to contain all of the saved data in the seven above-mentioned flight simulator points.

And on 24 November 2016 he posted;

MH370 ATC Audio Analysis and Other Records (Inmarsat).pdf  (82 pages)
This 82-page document contains an expert report analyzing the cockpit/ATC audio up to 17:21, which concludes (with less than 100% confidence) that it was probably Zaharie who uttered the final words “Good night, Malaysia 370.” It also includes ACARS data and the Inmarsat logs which had already been released in 2014.

Update 5 January 2016: 

On Thursday 5 January 2017 twitter user Julie (@Nihonmama) posted two more documents of the confidential Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) investigation into the disappearance of MH370, which are said to be part of a 1,000-page Royal Malaysian Police investigation report that was leaked.

Folder 1: Pilot.pdf (208 pages) | Report date: 15 May 2014
(A 208-pages document named ‘Pilot’ of the Royal Malaysian Police investigation into Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah)

Folder 2: Co-pilot.pdf (121 pages)
(A 121-pages document named ‘Co-Pilot’ of the Royal Malaysian Police investigation into the co-pilot Fariq Bin Ab Hamid) 

Update 7 January 2016: 

On Saturday 7 January 2017 twitter user Julie (@Nihonmama) posted four more documents of the confidential Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) report, adding that there’s more coming.

Download 3: THREE files: not bound and have no RMP cover sheet. Contains SIM DATA, examination of captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s computer, and analysis 

  1. Sim Data.pdf
  2. Sim Analysis.pdf
  3. Preliminary computer examination.pdf

Download 4: Folder Appendix.zip (227 pages) contains info from multiple appendices. From page 199 also includes SIM DATA

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Sunday 4 December 2016

mh370-search-onMH370 Families: Day 1 & 2


Friday 2 December 2016: Day 1000

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Today marks 1000 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing with 239 souls on board 

 

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Relatives of some of the 239 passengers and crew on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are taking the search into their own hands and will travel to Madagascar today at their own expenses, to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft, raise awareness and search for debris themselves.

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Previous Updates (29 July 2015 – 7 December 2016) can be found here >> 

https://bookofresearch.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/mh370-all-about-the-reunion-island-debris/


More info 

MH370 Officials & Statements @

Malaysia Airlines Media Statements & Information on Flight MH370
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai
Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT)– Safety Investigation MH370
JACC media releases
ATSB – The Search for MH370
NTSB
MH370 Official Site
mh370.fugro
MH370—Flight Path Analysis Update PDF (1883 KB) 08 October, 2014
FACTUAL INFORMATION SAFETY INVESTIGATION FOR MH370 – By The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370 PDF Jan 2015

MH370 Official Site 

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai

JACC Media Releases

Malaysia Airline Statements
Malaysia Airlines Media Statements & Information on Flight MH370
Seating plan (with seat numbers)
MOT
Ministry of Transport – Safety Investigation MH370
M.O.T Press Leases @ Facebook
M.O.T Malaysia @ Twitter
ATSB
The Search for MH370
ATSB – Correcting the record
A Fact Sheet on the CSIRO drift modelling
Reports


mh370.bookofresearch.com
MH370 Events @ Google Maps
MH370 News Feed

Spot MH370 debris – Mobile Application

Boeing 777 Aircraft Maintenance Manual: 06___059
Reunion Webcams

Live Updates 

@Julien Delarue | 

@Creissen

#mh370 – Twitter Updates
#ReunionIsland – Twitter Updates
#MH370qs for questions

AFP Photo @ Twitter
AFP Forum – All Malaysia Airlines MH370 News
Updates AFP Photo’s MH370
AFP News MH370 | Debris Reunion | MH370 Search
AFP News (Twitter)
Linfo.re Video’s
Reuters | MH370
South China Morning Post – MH370
Astroawani – MH370
France 24
Bernama – MH370
The Star – MH370


Live Updates Clicanoo – Journal de l’île de la Réunion
Live Updates – The Guardian
Live Updates – Telegraph
Airlive.net Updates 
Complete coverage of MH370 – CNN

La Reunion News

Reunion.la1ere
Clicanoo – Journal de l’île de la Réunion | Live Updates
Zinfos974
Linfo.re
Le Journal de L’Ile (National)
Temoignages (National)
Overview Reunion Newspapers and News Media – National and Foreign

Mauritius News 

lexpress 

Madagascar Newspapers

Mozambique News

Mozambique News Agency (AIM)
The official Mozambique News Agency (in Portuguese).
Fim de Semana
Mozambique weekly online (in Portuguese).
Zambeze
Weekly journal from Maputo.

allAfrica.com: Mozambique
Mozambique related News.

International Mozambique News
IRIN Africa News
UN news agency.
Mail & Guardian
Leading newspaper from South Africa, covers all Africa with current information.
Mozambique News
News from Mozambique by World News Networks.

Neighboring (Is)lands 

Nations Online
La Reunion | Reunion | Prefecture Newsroom
Mauritius
Madagascar
Mozambique
Indian Ocean News
African News Deck MH370

South Africa News – MH370

 IOL
Netwerk24
George Herald



Aviation Safety 

08-MAR-2014
BEA Report 9 Aug 2012 pdf | AviationSafety.net
Boeing 777 (AviationSafety.net)
Boeing 777 Accident database

» all 5 hull-loss occurrences
» all 13 occurrences in the ASN database
Accident statistics
» Losses and fatalities
Boeing 777 plane crashes
Airline Incidents for aircraft type Boeing 777-200
Aircraft debris of Boeing 777 found on La Réunion, linked to #MH370 29 July 2015 – AviationSafety.net
Commercial aircraft found after being missing for over one year 05 Aug 2015 – AviationSafety.net 

Useful info 

Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines interactive
Air crash Recovery Guide B777 Specifications
Skybrary: B777-200 / B777-200ER | B777 Series | MH370
Info Graphic Plane Parts
Search Part No, Manufacturer, Part Type
(General) Airplane Parts and Functions | Parts of an Airplane
Airplane Anatomy Presentation
B777 Composite
Forensic Engineers Show How Plane Crashes Are Investigated
The coordinate plane
Earthpoint

Other 

What are barnacles? | Barnacle | Goose barnacles helping solve the mystery of the crash site of MH370
Marine Corrosion Explained
Seismic and hydroacoustic analysis relevant to MH370
India’s HAL to manufacture flaperons for Boeing 777s 07:25 26 Oct 2009
Aviation Law Monitor
ICAO Story Map MH370 (Backup of GIS Work)
EarthData.nasa.gov
Reunion Volcano Webcam
ICAO MH370 story (Backup of GIS work)
Where did the search for MH370 go so wrong?

.Malaysia Airlines didn’t buy computer upgrade that could have given data on missing flight

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