Technical Report Released and Towfish Found

Media Release


20 April 2016

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released the Technical Examination Report on the two items of debris found in Mozambique.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the report pointed to both pieces being from the wing of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

“I welcome the Technical Examination Report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirming the debris almost certainly originated from MH370,” Mr Chester said.

“Stencilling on both parts of debris provided investigators with evidence of the link. The font and colour of a number stencilled on the first part conforms to that developed and used by Malaysian Airlines.

“The second part contained the words ‘No Step’ with stencilling consistent with that used by Malaysian Airlines and a fastener attached to the part provided evidence linking the part to the aircraft's production line.

“I thank the team from ATSB, Geoscience Australia, Boeing and the Australian National University for their work.”

The search for the missing aircraft continues in the final 20,000 square kilometres.

The Chinese vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101involved in the search is set to be re-deployed to the area after the recovery of sonar equipment lost during the search.

“On 21 March the failure of a tow cable connector resulted in the loss of the ProSAS towfish from Dong Hai Jiu 101,” Mr Chester said.

“I am pleased to advise that both the towfish and its accompanying depressor have been successfully recovered from the floor of the ocean.

“The equipment will be examined and tested and then the vessel will return to the search area.”

The report is available at