Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Technical Report Released and Towfish Found

Media Release

DC053/2016

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 www.atsb.gov.au/mh370-pages/updates/reports/.