MH370 Operational Search Update—
14 October 2015
This operational report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the search effort for MH370. Our work will continue to be thorough and methodical, so sometimes weekly progress may seem slow. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370 as quickly as possible.
Key developments this week
Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator continue to conduct search operations in the southern Indian Ocean.
Reported aircraft wreckage in the Philippines
The JACC is aware of media reports that aircraft wreckage has been found on Sugbay Island in the Philippines. Philippine officials are investigating. However, given the remoteness of the island it may be several days before any formal advice is available.
At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the type of aircraft involved, nor whether this wreckage is related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
As announced in April, the search area has been expanded beyond an original 60,000 square kilometre search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometres to be searched if required.
Search plans were revised in April to ensure the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.
More than 60,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
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The Search Strategy Working Group continues to review evidence associated with MH370 which may result in further refinement of, or prioritisation within, the search area.
In the event the aircraft is found and accessible, Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China have agreed to plans for recovery activities including securing all the evidence necessary for the accident investigation.
Weather is forecast to be variable throughout the week. However, conditions should allow for vessels to continue search operations.