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AE-2014-054 - Technical assistance to the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia in support of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 7 March 2014 UTC

Malaysia, as the country of registration, has investigative responsibility for the accident. In accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative and a number of advisers (ATSB investigators) to the Malaysian investigation. As part of Australia’s role in leading the search and recovery operation in the southern Indian Ocean, the ATSB has opened an external investigation, AE-2014-054: Technical assistance to the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia in support of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 7 March 2014 UTC.

So far, the investigation has produced the following ATSB reports:

Debris examination reports 1, 2, 3 and 4

Debris examination reports including the identification of items recovered from beaches in South Africa, Mauritius and the Tanzanian coast. Debris reports 1, 2, 3, and 4.

 

MH370 – Definition of Underwater Search Areas (Published: 3 December 2015)

The MH370 Search Strategy Working Group has conducted ongoing analysis of data to glean any information that might assist in locating the aircraft. To this end, the ATSB engaged the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) to provide expert analysis of available data relating to MH370. The analysis used models of the Inmarsat satellite communications data, aircraft dynamics and meteorological data to determine likely flight paths which were in turn subject to validation experiments to ensure they aligned with actual flight data.

The DSTG analysis has been published in the book, Bayesian Methods in the Search for MH370

This analysis has informed the ATSB’s latest report, MH370 – Definition of Underwater Search Area Update [Download PDF PDF] (update 10 December 2015)

An updated version of the ATSB report was released on 10 December 2015 to clarify that the ‘power loss’ mentioned on page 9 occurring between 17:07:48 and 18:03:41 was referring to the Satellite Data Unit (SDU) only.  The SDU did not respond to an automatic interrogation from the Ground Earth System (GES) at 18:03:41 UTC, although it resumed working at 18:25:27.  

 

MH370 – Definition of Underwater Search Areas (Published: 26 June 2014 (updated: 18 August 2014)

The location of the search areas was guided by continuing and innovative analysis by a Joint Investigation Team of the flight and satellite-communications data. This analysis was supplemented by other information provided to ATSB during this period. This included possible underwater locator beacon and hydrophone acoustic detections. An updated version of the report was released on 18 August to clarify a number of technical aspects.
MH370 – Definition of Underwater Search Areas report  [Download PDF PDF]

 

MH370 – Flight Path Analysis Update

Refinements to the analysis of the flight and satellite-communications data gave greater certainty about when the aircraft turned south into the Indian Ocean. This analysis was published to supplement the previously released report MH370 – Definition of Underwater Search Areas.
 MH370 – Flight Path Analysis Update [Download PDF PDF]

 

Operational search updates

Each week the ATSB and the JACC publish an operational update, describing the progress and key developments of the previous week. Latest operational update.

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Last update 22 September 2016