MH370 Operational Search Update—
15 June 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 continued to bring rough seas and strong winds to the search area, severely impacting search operations.
- Fugro Discovery is conducting underwater search operations as weather permits.
- Fugro Equator departed for Fremantle on 11 June, and arrived in port today to conduct resupply. It is anticipated the vessel will depart for the return voyage to the search area tomorrow.
- Weather conditions allowed the Dong Hai Jiu 101 to recommence underwater search operations on 13 June.
Discovery of further debris
Further debris, possibly aircraft related, has been found in Madagascar off the east coast of Africa and Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. Arrangements are being made for this debris to be examined to establish if it is related to MH370.
Underwater search operations
Recent poor weather conditions have severely impacted search operations. It is now anticipated it may take until around August to complete the 120,000 square kilometres, but this will be influenced by weather conditions over the coming months, which may worsen.
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. 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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Weather conditions are forecast to be marginal over the coming week and search operations may again be disrupted.