Malaysia releases investigation report into MH370

Earlier today, the Malaysian Minister for Transport Anthony Loke released Malaysia’s investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The disappearance of MH370 is one of the great mysteries of our time and an unprecedented event.

The Australian Government appreciates that, having not located the missing aircraft, it is not possible to draw definitive conclusions about what happened to MH370.

As such, I am aware this report does not provide the answers the family and friends of the 239 people on board were seeking.

I have recently spoken with each of the families of the Australians on board and I acknowledge the sense of loss with which the family, friends and loved ones of the passengers on board MH370 live today and every day.

Background for media

The underwater search was an enormous and unprecedented challenge in quite extraordinary and difficult circumstances. It occurred almost 2,500 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia in some of the most inhospitable waters in the world, including at depths of up to 6 kilometres. There were times the search vessels worked in conditions with seas of between 15 and 20-metres. These sea conditions, coupled with poor weather conditions over the Australian Winter and equipment/crew issues, delayed the completion of the underwater search in the high priority area from mid-2016 to early 2017.

The initial ATSB led search covered a surface area of 120,000 sq kms which was completed on 17 January 2017. The recent search conducted by the company Ocean Infinity covered a similar amount making the total area searched roughly the same size as Victoria.

Enquiries relating to the investigation report should be directed to Malaysian officials:
Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia | Email: MH370_QA@dca.gov.my