MH370 First Principles Review Summit

Media Release

DC166/2016

02 November 2016

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today welcomed the release of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report MH370— Search and debris examination update.

“This report contains important new information on what we believe happened at the end of MH370's flight,” Mr Chester said.

“The report looks at further analysis of satellite data, end-of-flight simulations, a comprehensive evaluation of the recovered section of wing flap, and preliminary results from the enhanced debris drift modelling conducted by the CSIRO.”

The release of the report coincides with the first day of a First Principles Review Summit being held in Canberra from 2-4 November, which the Minister officially opened today.

“The First Principles Review Summit brings together the extraordinary team of Australian and international experts, who have been involved in the search for MH370, to review all the available data and analysis associated with the search to date,” Mr Chester said.

“There are currently more than 20 items of debris of interest to the investigation team which have been located on the coasts of Africa, Madagascar, the island of Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues.

“The experts will also inform the remainder of the search effort, and develop guidance for any future search operations.

“A report detailing the findings of the review will be released after the meeting.

“Australia, Malaysia, and China continue to work together to find MH370. My thoughts, and the thoughts of all those involved in the summit, remain with the families and friends of the 239 passengers and crew.”

The MH370 —Search and debris examination update report is available on the ATSB website: www.atsb.gov.au/mh370/

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from air traffic control radar after taking off from Kuala Lumpur in March 2014.