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MH370 Operational Search Update—
06 April 2016

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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 departed the search area on 30 March and arrived in Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit on 5 April. The vessel is departing today, returning to the search area.
  • Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area on 30 March and is engaged in underwater search operations.
  • Dong Hai Jiu 101 is at Fremantle where Phoenix International's Remora III remote operated vehicle (ROV) is being mobilised. The ROV will be used in the recovery of the lost SLH-ProSAS-60 towfish.
  • Possible aircraft debris has been found on the island of Rodrigues in Mauritius. The Malaysian Government is working with officials from Mauritius to seek to take custody of the debris and arrange for its examination.

Underwater search operations

Weather may continue to impact on search operations but generally more favourable conditions are being experienced.

More than 95,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.

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.

Consistent with the undertaking given by the Governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China in April last year, 120,000 square kilometres will be thoroughly searched. It is anticipated this will be completed around the middle of the year. In the absence of credible new information that leads to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, Governments have agreed that there will be no further expansion of the search area.

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Favourable weather conditions are forecast for the search area in the coming days.