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Reports related to the Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts for MH370

Background

All nations involved in the search for MH370 are members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and signatories to the Chicago Convention.

The Chicago Convention is supplemented by 19 Annexes, two of which are listed below:-

  • Annex 12 - Search and Rescue, and
  • Annex 13 - Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation

Of these, Annex 13 has received the most publicity because the main Investigation was conducted by the The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370.

However, before the Annex 13 investigation began there was a significant international search for MH370 which was in accordance with ICAO Annex 12.

Four of the countries participating in the search for MH370 provided reports to other ICAO member States at their regular meetings. Several of those reports have been collected for inclusion or reference in this website.

A brief summary of each report is listed below. Use the Menu to access the full document.


Malaysia (Maldives, 25 – 29 January 2015)
MH370 SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS AND LESSON LEARNT
This paper presents an overview of the chain of events of the Kuala Lumpur Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre in response to the SAR operations for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Malaysia (Montreal, 2 to 5 February 2015)
MH370: Status Update, Lessons Learnt and Next Steps
This working paper presents a status update of the search for MH370 particularly the current situation with regard to the search and recovery phase as well as incorporating lessons learnt so that the aviation world can move forward with a renewed sense of purpose to establish the next generation of safety standards in international civil aviation.

China’s Endeavors in Search of Flight MH370
A presentation using graphics to illustrate China's significant involvement in the search for MH370 and coordination with other countries.

Vietnam (Montréal, 2 to 5 February 2015)
Coordination in Searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
This information paper presents the coordination in the search and rescue of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on 8 March 2014.

Australia (Hong Kong, China, 4-8 August 2014)
MH370 Search and Rescue Response - JRCC Australia
This paper presents an overview of the Australian SAR response to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing following its departure from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 8th March 2014. It also provides a comparison from a SAR perspective between the MH370 incident and the Air France Flight AF447 incident of 2009 and invites States involved in the MH370 incident to consider providing inputs to ICAO for any improvements to the global and regional SAR system.

Australia (Maldives, 25 – 29 January 2015)
This paper presents an overview of the Australian SAR response to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing following its departure from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 8 th March 2014 with a view towards prompting APSAR/TF/3 discussion on any issues which may improve the development of the draft Asia/Pacific Regional SAR Plan.
This paper also provides a comparison from a SAR perspective between the MH370 incident and the Air France Flight AF447 incident of 2009.

The Operational Search for MH370 ATSB Australia 3 October 2017
A comprehensive report on the search for MH370 beginning with a history of the flight, the surface search, and the under-sea search funded by the Tri-partite nations Malaysia, China and Australia.
Extracts from The Operational Search for MH370 have been included here for reference purposes, particularly the sections which relate to the history of the flight; times and events; the aircraft's satellite data unit (SDU); and the Pilot in Command’s flight simulator.