Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
On Saturday, 8 March 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:42 am (MYT) and was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am (MYT). The Boeing 777-200ER was carrying 12 crew and 227 passengers. Communication with the aircraft was lost when it was in the vicinity of waypoint IGARI over the South China Sea. Instead of proceeding toward Vietnam en-route to China the aircraft made a turn-back west across the Malay Peninsula; changed direction again and flew north west towards the Andaman Sea; and then turned south. Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Seven Indonesians were passengers on flight MH370.
The initial search for MH370 began in the South China Sea, east of Malaysia, and continued until 15th March. However, a concurrent search was conducted west of the Malay Peninsula, covering areas in the Strait of Malacca, Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, and West of Sumatra. Indonesia joined eleven other countries contributing to this stage of the search for MH370.
Search areas were redefined to northern and southern corridors and then focussed on the southern Indian Ocean.
Indonesia continued contributing to the search for MH370 in the Indian Ocean during the phase defined by the 'southern corridor'. An aerial search coordinated by KL ARCC and Badan SAR Nasional (BASARNAS), the Republic of Indonesia National Search and Rescue Agency, was conducted within the southern corridor from 18 to 23 March 2014.
When the Malaysian Government instituted an independent international Investigation Team known as The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, Indonesia appointed an Accredited Representative from the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC). When the Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 was finalised, comments to the report as required by ICAO Annex 13 paragraph 6.3 were received from each Accredited Representative with the exception of Indonesia.
- Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), The Operational Search for MH370, 2017