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The Operational Search for MH370

This page indexes extracts from the report The Operational Search for MH370 released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on 3 October 2017.

Extracts have been included here for reference purposes, particularly the sections which relate to the history of the flight; times and events; and the aircraft's satellite data unit (SDU).

The Operational Search for MH370 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence and copyright by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is respected.

The full version is available for download from the ATSB website at

The Operational Search for MH370

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

3 October 2017

ATSB Transport Safety Report
External Aviation Investigation
Final – 3 October 2017

List of Extracts

Note: For a complete Table of Contents please refer to the full Report.

The search program




Kuala Lumpur to waypoint IGARI

Waypoint IGARI to waypoint MEKAR

Waypoint MEKAR onwards

Malaysian led surface search

East of the Malay Peninsula

West of the Malay Peninsula

Northern and southern corridors announced

Australian led surface search

Initial southern Indian Ocean surface search area

The underwater search

Defining the initial underwater search area

Other search area considerations

Safety analysis

Safety actions

Source: The Operational Search for MH370, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, 3 October 2017