Glossary

DECODING MH370
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This index uses the Phonetic (spoken) Alphabet.

Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel India Juliet Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey X-ray Yankee Zulu


This Glossary has been compiled from the definitions and abbreviations included in several official documents (see below). Each item in the Glossary is also available as a Tooltip for on-screen help in context.

The following documents each contain a Glossary. These are, in order of publication:-

  • The Factual Information released on 8 March 2015 by the The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team
  • The Operational Search for MH370 released on 3 October 2017 by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), and
  • The Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 dated 02 July 2018 by The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370

The reports (and glossaries) produced by the ICAO Annex 13 Team include terms commonly used by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States of America, and Boeing as the aircraft manufacturer.

The Operational Search for MH370 includes terms related to the search for the aircraft, for example, Bathymetry. The ATSB was assisted by a search strategy working group (SSWG) with members from Inmarsat, Thales, Boeing, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the United Kingdom, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States, the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia. Other significant contributors were the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Geoscience Australia. With so many branches of science, technology and mathematics involved, the inclusion of both a Glossary and a list of Abbreviations is valuable.