MH370 Operational Search Update—
25 May 2016
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
- Winter weather conditions continue to bring rough seas and strong winds to the search area, impacting on operations.
- Fugro Discovery is on weather standby north of the search area. Forecast poor weather conditions will likely delay search operations.
- Fugro Equator has been unable to undertake deep tow search activities due to poor weather. Consequently, the vessel has been tasked with bathymetric survey operations which can generally still be carried out in such conditions.
- Dong Hai Jiu 101 continues to be on weather standby as current conditions preclude deep-tow search operations.
Underwater search operations
More than 105,000 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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Poor weather conditions are again forecast for the coming week and it is expected that search operations will continue to be disrupted. Bathymetric survey operations will be undertaken as weather permits.