Second anniversary of the disappearance of MH370

Media Release


08 March 2016

It is today two years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

“I do not think it possible to fully understand how difficult the past two years have been for the friends and families of those on board the aircraft. The sense of loss is something they live with on a daily basis,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“A tragedy such as MH370 touches people from all over the world and today we are united in remembering all 239 people who were on the flight.

“We owe it to their memory, and to the loved ones who mourn them, to honour the undertaking to complete the search of the area experts have determined as most likely to contain the missing aircraft.

“Finding the aircraft would give answers to the world, in particular the families of missing loved ones, about what happened.

“We have completed around 90,000 square kilometres of the 120,000 square kilometre search zone. Our vessels are at sea for a month at a time in the search zone using sonar and underwater technologies to search the ocean floor reaching depths of 6000 metres.

“As we search the remaining 30,000 square kilometre zone in the days and months ahead, Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China remain hopeful the aircraft will be found.

I assure the family and friends of those on board that their loved ones have not been forgotten and continue to be in our thoughts.”

More information about the search can be found on the Joint Agency Coordination Centre website at