MH370 Operational Search Update—
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 Equator departed Fremantle on 8 September 2016 and is in transit to the search area.
- Dong Hai Jiu 101 is at port in Fremantle awaiting the onset of better weather in the search area when it will recommence search operations.
Underwater Search Operations
More than 110,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
At a meeting of Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People's Republic of China held on 22 July 2016, it was agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square kilometre search area.
It is expected that searching the entire 120,000 square kilometre search area will be completed by around December 2016.
Ministers went to great lengths to explain that this does not mean the termination of the search. Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.
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Forecast fair weather should allow search operations to recommence when Fugro Equator arrives in the search area.