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Joint Investigation Team (JIT)

As the search for MH370 became an International effort the Malaysian Government established the Joint Investigation Team to coordinate the search and provide guidance on the search areas.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) included experts from the People’s Republic of China, France, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States and Malaysian Government officials.

The JIT provided advice to inform the search for MH370, for example:-

2.15 On 15th March 2014, based on data compiled by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) based in Malaysia comprising experts and specialist from Malaysia, China, USA, UK and France, and other senior government and academic sources, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that the SAR operations on the Eastern and Western parts of Peninsular Malaysia would be suspended. The experts had drawn up a new search area, comprising the Northern and Southern Corridors.

Investigation Team

On Saturday, 5 April 2014 Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport announced the formation of three groups within an Investigation Team:-

  • an airworthiness group, to look at issues such as maintenance records, structures and systems;
  • an operations group, to examine things such as flight recorders, operations and meteorology;
  • and a medical and human factors group, to investigate issues such as psychology, pathology and survival factors.


On Monday, 7 April 2014 Hishammuddin Hussein said that the Malaysia Government had established three ministerial committees:-

  1. The Next of Kin committee, led by Hamzah Zainuddin, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  2. The Technical committee, led by Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, the Deputy Minister of Transport
  3. The Deployment of Assets committee, led by Abdul Rahim Bakri, the Deputy Minister of Defence


When satellite communications data proved that MH370 had continued flying, probably until fuel exhaustion, a Satellite Communications Working Group (SATCOM WG) was formed to to the Malaysian Government on the surface search areas.

The SATCOM WG included experts from Inmarsat and Thales.[1]

  1. The operational Search for MH370, ATSB 2017 The surface search