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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 registered 9M-MRO

1. Background

When an aircraft is involved in an accident the Reports generally refer to the incident using the flight code - for example, MH370. If the accident involves loss of life or, as in the case of MH370, the aircraft is missing, then the flight code is changed for subsequent flights.

The registration number of the aircraft is used in reports and other documentation. The aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines for the missing flight MH370 was one of their fleet of Boeing 777 twin-engine jet aircraft, registered 9M-MRO.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200-ER 9M-MRO was used for flight MH370 which went missing on Saturday, 8 March 2014. Captain Zaharie Shah was the Pilot-in-Command, assisted by First Officer Fariq Ab Hamid.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 9M-MRO

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER registered 9M-MRO.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

2. Aircraft Type and Identification

This particular aircraft has been referred to using different terminology, as listed below:-

Aircraft Registration: 9M-MRO

When the aircraft was purchased by Malaysia Airlines it was Registered 9M-MRO. The prefix 9M is the ICAO registration code for Malaysia. The letters MRO identify the particular aircraft.

Aircraft Type: 777-200-ER

The aircraft selected for the flight by Malaysia Airlines was a Boeing 777-200-ER. The Boeing 777-200 is one of several variants in the 777 series. Aircraft with additional fuel capacity are identified with the letters ER - meaning Extra Range capability.

Aircraft Type: B777

The Boeing 777 family of jet aircraft may be called B777 as a abbreviation for the longer descriptor.

Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-2H6ER

The MH370 Preliminary Report referred to the type of aircraft manufactured by Boeing using the code 777-2H6ER. The letter H seems to be used by Boeing to indicate a configuration for Malaysia.

3. 9M-MRO Technical Details
Manufacturer Boeing Company
Model 777-2H6ER
Serial Number 28420
Manufacturer’s Line No. 404
Variable No. WB175
Registration 9M-MRO
Date of manufacture 29 May 2002
Date of delivery to MAS Delivered new on 31 May 2002
Certificate of Airworthiness M.0938 valid to 02 June 2014
Certificate of registration M.1124 issued 23 August 2006. Replacement of Certificate issued on 17 June 2002
Last Maintenance check A1 Check on 23 February 2014 at 53,301:17 hours and 7,494 cycles
Total airframe hours/cycles 53,471.6 hours/7,526 cycles (as of 07 March 2014)

Source: Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 1.6.1 Airframe

4. 9M-MRO Photo Tribute

The Boeing 777 has been one of the world's safest aircraft. 9M-MRO had been flown all over the world and many photos are available on www.planespotters.net.

However, the most moving series of photographs has been compiled by Raisch Studios as a tribute to MH370 and 9M-MRO, linked below:-

Visual History: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370