MH370—planning ahead for recovery operations

Media Release


22 January 2015

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has today called for expressions of interest to prepare for recovery operations in the event of locating the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

While no wreckage from the missing aircraft has yet been found, preparations are being made so a recovery operation can be mobilised quickly and effectively when needed.

Responses to the request for expressions of interest will allow the ATSB to assess which organisations are able to supply the equipment and expertise required for any recovery operation.

Decisions in relation to any recovery operation will be made jointly by the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments.

MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.

The underwater search for MH370 is continuing with around 26 per cent of the 60,000 square kilometre priority search area now completed.

Four vessels are currently involved in the underwater search.  These vessels employ a range of equipment including side scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and video cameras to locate and identify aircraft debris.

The Australian Government remains committed to the search for MH370.

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