Monday, March 24, 05:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Press Statement by Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

Introductory statement 

The search for MH370 continues. Over the past few days, new leads from satellite data have focused our search and rescue operations in the southern corridor. Our partners continue to deploy assets to assist us, as we work to narrow the search areas.

1.    Operational update

Yesterday, 18,500 square nautical miles were searched in the Australian search area.

Two orange objects approximately one metre in length and one white coloured drum were sighted by search aircraft, but remain unidentified and have not been conclusively linked to MH370.

HMAS Success detected two radar targets within the search area, but could not locate the targets on further investigation of the area.

Earlier today, a Chinese search plane reportedly sighted objects in the Australian search area. These objects are not in the vicinity of those which were identified by the Australian authorities last week.

A few minutes ago the Prime Minister received a call from the Prime Minister of Australia, who informed him that an Australian search aircraft had located two objects in the Australian search area, one circular and one rectangular.

HMAS Success is in the vicinity and it is possible that the objects could be received within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning at the latest.

Three search areas, totalling approximately 20,000 square nautical miles,  have been identified for operations today. RCC Australia anticipates that 10 aircraft will be used.

HMAS Success remains the only vessel in the search area. A number of Chinese vessels are expected to commence arriving within the search area on 25th March.

3 aircraft - 2 from Japan and 1 from the UAE – have already departed from Subang today and are en route to the southern corridor.

6 Malaysian ships, with 3 ship-borne helicopters, are now in northern part of the southern corridor. 10 Chinese ships are in the southern corridor, carrying out search and rescue operations. HMS Echo is currently refuelling in the Maldives and will be sailing to the southern corridor this evening.

In the northern corridor, Turkmenistan have confirmed they have not had any sightings of MH370 on their radar. Each piece of information we receive from our partners in the northern corridor helps us to continuously narrow the corridor.

1.    Satellite images

New leads into MH370’s possible location have come from satellite data. This was one of the four tools we identified that could narrow the search area, along with surveillance radar data, increasing surface and air assets, and bringing in more technical experts.

The most recent images were obtained by French satellites, which captured radar images of potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor on 21st March. These images were received by Malaysia on the evening of the 22nd March, and were relayed to RCC Australia on the morning of the 23rd March, as they are leading the search in that particular area of the southern corridor.

This morning we have received a further set of images from French satellites, this time captured by cameras. These images were taken yesterday and have been relayed to RCC Australia.

2.    Family briefings

Yesterday, the high-level team met with families in Beijing for more than eight hours. 

The families asked many questions, and made detailed requests for radar readings and other data. Some of these questions could not be answered, and some of the data they requested was still being held by the investigation, as is standard procedure in investigations of this sort.

After meeting with the families for a total of more than twelve hours, and taking hundreds of questions, the high-level team has returned to Kuala Lumpur to discuss the matters raised at the meetings. They will return to Beijing tomorrow to continue.

The briefings in Kuala Lumpur over the last two days went smoothly,  and the families responded as positively as could be expected, with the families engaging with representatives from the relevant authorities.

It has always been our intention to keep the families as fully informed as possible. We continue to do so.  

3.    Specific questions

There are a few specific questions I would like to respond to.

On the police investigation, we can confirm that the police have interviewed more than a hundred people, including families of both the pilot and co-pilot.

As far as the transcript is concerned, the technical committee is considering releasing it and we will keep you informed about the decision.

The Inspector General of the Police will attend tomorrow’s press conference to answer further questions on the investigation.

We can also confirm that MH370 was carrying wooden pallets. However, there is as yet no evidence that these are related to the wooden pallets reportedly sighted in the Australian search area.

4.    Concluding remarks

The search for MH370 has taken us halfway around the world. At the moment there are new leads, but nothing conclusive. Our thoughts continue to be with the families who are still waiting for news. In the meantime, we are grateful for the on-going co-operation shown by our partners in this multinational search. 

Sunday, March 23, 06:00 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Press Statement by Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

1. Search and rescue operational update

a. The search and rescue operation remains an international effort, co-ordinated by Malaysia. A number of countries are leading in their respective search areas and all countries involved are displaying unprecedented levels of co-operation.

b. This morning, Malaysia received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor. Malaysia immediately relayed these images to the Australian rescue co-ordination centre.

c. Two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s have arrived in Perth, and will depart for the search andrescue operation tomorrow at 05:00 and 06:00.

d. Two Japanese P3 Orions today left Subang airport for Perth.

e. The Australian rescue co-ordination centre will deploy eight aircraft (four military and four civilian) to the southern corridor today, to conduct visual searching.

f. The Australian Defence Vessel ‘Ocean Shield’, which has a sub-sea remotely operated vehicle, is currently en route to the southern corridor.

g. As of 2:30pm Malaysia time, Australian officials have informed us that they have not made any new sightings regarding MH370.

h. One Indian Navy P8 Poseidon and one Indian Air Force C130 left Subang airport today to join the search and rescue operation in the northern part of the southern corridor, which is being led by Indonesia.

i. A number of other sorties from Subang airport to the southern corridor were cancelled today due to bad weather caused by tropical cyclone Gillian.

j. Australia, China and France have now released satellite images that show potential objects, which may be related to MH370, in the vicinity of the southern corridor. All this information has been forwarded to Australia, as the lead country in the area of concern.


2. Family briefing

a. The Malaysian high level team started a briefing in Beijing this morning for relatives of those on board MH370. The meeting lasted more than 6 hours. This is the third such meeting that has been held. The team presented information to the relatives and answered questions. The Government wishes to reiterate its commitment and continued engagement with the relatives of those on board MH370.


3. Update on ACARS transmission

a. The last ACARS transmission, sent at 1.07am, showed nothing unusual. The 1.07am transmission showed a normal routing all the way to Beijing.


马航370新闻发布会 - 23/03/14

 

1.            搜救行动信息更新
在马来西亚协调下,各国的搜索和救援行动仍在努力进行。许多国家在各自的搜索领域积极扮演引导角色,所有涉及到的国家都展示了前所未有的合作态度。 

今天上午,马来西亚获得了法国提供的新卫星图像,图像显示在南部走廊附近存在可能的搜寻对象。马来西亚立刻向澳大利亚救援协调中心转发了这些图像。

两架中国“伊尔-76”飞机已抵达柏斯,并将在明天05:00和06:00出发参与搜救行动。 

两架日本P3“猎户座”飞机今天离开梳邦机场飞往珀斯。 

澳大利亚救援协调中心将在今天调派八架飞机(四架军用和四架民用)前往南部走廊,执行视觉搜索任务。 

澳大利亚国防舰艇“海洋盾牌号”正赶往南部走廊。该船配备有一辆海底遥控操作车。 

截至马来西亚时间下午2:30,澳大利亚官员通报我们的消息是,他们没有发现关于MH370的任何新线索。 

印度海军一架P8“波塞冬”飞机和印度空军一架C130飞机今天离开了梳邦机场,加入到南部走廊的搜救行动中。该区域的行动由印尼领导。 

由于热带气旋“吉莉安”造成的恶劣天气,原计划今天从梳邦机场前往南部走廊的其它很多飞机架次均被取消。

目前,澳大利亚、中国和法国均已发布了相关卫星图像,显示在南部走廊附近存在可能与MH370有关的物体。所有这些信息均已被转发到相关区域搜索工作牵头国家澳大利亚。



2.     家属情况通报

马来西亚高层代表团今天上午在北京为MH370 航班乘客家属召开了一次情况通报会。会议持续了6个小时以上。这是此类通报会第三次召开。代表团向家属们通报了信息并回答了提问。马来西亚政府希望重申其承诺,并持续与失联乘客家属沟通。


3.    飞机通信寻址和报告系统传输的最新信息

早晨1.07进行的最新一次ACARS信号传输并未显示任何异常。1.07这次的传输显示,通往北京的线路全线正常。

 

Saturday, March 22, 05:59 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport

Introductory statement

Diplomatic, logistical and technical efforts continue in the search for MH370. As we intensify the search and rescue operations, the overall emphasis remains the same: using all available means to narrow the search areas in both corridors.

1. Operational update

In the northern corridor, in response to diplomatic notes, we can confirm that China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Laos, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have verbally informed the search and rescue operation that based on preliminary analysis, there have been no sightings of the aircraft on their radar.

With respect to the southern corridor, today two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s will arrive in Perth to begin operations. The Shaanxi Y-8 which arrived yesterday will be operating from Subang air base in Malaysia. China is also sending an additional two ships from the Andaman Sea to join the five Chinese ships already in the southern corridor. Two Indian aircraft, a P-8 Poseidon and C-130 Hercules, arrived in Malaysia at 18:00 last night to assist with the search.

HMS Echo is currently in the Persian Gulf and is en route to the southern corridor. The ship is equipped with advanced sensors that allow it to search effectively underwater.

2. Australian search area

Five aircraft and two merchant ships were involved in the search and rescue operations in the vicinity of the objects identified by the Australian authorities, which are approximately 2,500km southwest of Perth. Despite improved visual search conditions yesterday, there were no sightings of the objects of interest.

Operations continue, and today they plan to search an area of approximately 10,500 square nautical miles.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre Australia anticipates that 6 aircraft, 4 military and 2 civilian, will be visually searching the area. Two merchant vessels will also be present during search operations, and HMAS Success was due to reach the search area at 14:30 today.

Generally, conditions in the southern corridor are very challenging. The ocean varies between 1,150 metres and 7,000 metres in depth. In the area where the possible objects were identified by the Australian authorities there are strong currents and rough seas.

A cyclone warning has been declared for Tropical Cyclone Gillian, which is located in the southern corridor. Very strong winds and rough seas are expected there today.

3. Family briefings

The briefing for families in KL yesterday went well. The briefing in Beijing, however, was less productive. Despite the best intentions, I understand there were tense scenes.

I have received a report from the Malaysian high-level team, as well as a copy of the declaration from the Chinese families. I have asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the authorities in China, to investigate what happened.

We will continue to engage with the families. We are working hard with Chinese authorities and the Chinese working group to create a more conducive environment for the briefings. I have instructed my technical team to do a review of both briefings so that we can improve them.

We appeal to all parties to be understanding during this extraordinary and difficult time. My pledge to all the families, wherever they are, is the same: we will do everything in our power to keep you informed. 

4. Transcript

The original transcript of the conversation between MH370 and Malaysian air traffic control is with the investigations team, where it is being analysed.

As is standard practice in investigations of this sort, the transcript cannot be publicly released at this stage. I can however confirm that the transcript does not indicate anything abnormal.

5. Cargo manifest

On the matter of MH370’s cargo, the cargo manifest is with the investigations team, and will be released in due course.

Preliminary investigation of the cargo manifest has not shown any link to anything that might have contributed to MH370’s disappearance.

As was stated yesterday, all cargo carried on MH370 was in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Air Transport Association standards.

6. Concluding remarks

Over the past two weeks, the search for MH370 has taken many twists and turns. From satellite images to eyewitness accounts, we have followed every lead and investigated every possibility.

Today we are focused on leads from the satellite images announced by the Australian authorities on Thursday. We continue to be updated by the Australian authorities on an hourly basis.

I know this rollercoaster has been incredibly hard for everyone, especially for the families. We hope and pray this difficult search will be resolved, and bring closure to those whose relatives were on board.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all 26 countries who are with us in this effort; from ordinary people to the highest levels of government.

I would also like to pay special tribute to the men and women from all countries who are putting themselves in harm’s way in the search for MH370.

As we speak, people are sailing through a cyclone to help find the missing plane. We are immensely grateful to all our partners for their efforts.


马航370新闻发布会 - 22/03/14

 

序言

 

我们的外交,后勤和技术行动仍在努力搜查马航370失联客机。虽然我们已经阔大了搜索和救援行动范围,但整体着重的重点仍然是相同,也就是:我们将用尽所有方法来缩小两个走廊的搜索区域。

 

1.最新动态

 

通过北部走廊搜救行动的外交照会,我们确认了中国,印度,巴基斯坦,缅甸,老挝,吉尔吉斯斯坦和哈萨克斯坦已口头通知了搜救团队他们的搜救报告:根据初步分析,他们雷达至今未侦查到马航失联客机。

 

在南部走廊方面,今天中国两架“伊尔-76S”军机已抵达了澳洲珀斯镇,随后即立刻展开了搜查行动。而昨日抵达的中国军机“陕西运-8”将从马来西亚梳邦空军基地出发并展开搜救行动。

 

除此之外,中国方面还从安达曼海域遣派了额外两艘船舰,以加入目前在南部走廊搜索的五艘中国船只队伍 。两架印度空军军用飞机,‘P-8海神’ 和‘C-130大力神’,也已于昨晚18:00时抵达马来西亚以协助搜索行动。英国皇家海军探测船‘回声号’目前从波斯湾航往南部走廊搜查区。该舰装有先进的感应器,能有效的进行海底搜查。

 

2.澳洲搜索区域

 

澳大利亚当局已在位于澳洲珀斯镇以西南2500公里处,在发现不明物体的范围内部署了五架飞机和两艘商船来进行搜索。虽然昨天视查状态有所改善,却没有搜查出该不明物体。

 

搜查行动目前还在持续进行中,而今天,他们(澳洲当局)将在约10500平方海里的范围内进行搜查。

澳洲救援协调中心估计将有六架飞机,(4架军机和两架民用飞机)在该范围内进行视查。参与该搜查行动的还包括了两艘商船。英国皇家海军军舰‘成功号‘ 也将于今天14时30分抵达搜查海域。

 

在南部走廊海域进行的搜查行动大致上都会面对很大的挑战。海洋的深度变化从最低1150米深度至最高7000米深度。而澳洲当局发现可疑物体飘浮的地方海域状况更是波涛汹涌,海流也很强。

 

 “吉利安 Gillian”热带风暴警报被宣布即将吹袭南部走廊。据估计该海域今天将有强风和大浪来袭。

 

3.家属汇报

 

昨天在吉隆坡进行的家属汇报会十分顺利。然而在北京的汇报会却效果欠佳。尽管我们的良好意图没能被理解,我还是能体会中方家属的紧张心情。

 

我已收到马来西亚高层团队的报告,以及中方家属宣言的副本。我已告知外交部和中国当局针对此事进行调查。

 

我们将持续与乘客家属保持联系。我们正努力与中国政府和中国工作小组合作,并为汇报会营造一个更良好的环境和气氛。我已指示我的技术团队针对两边的汇报会进行检讨和改进。

 

我们希望各方能在这一个艰苦的时刻多多包涵。我也对所有身在各方的家属承诺:我们将尽一切力量,让您得知事情的最新动态。

 

4.通话记录

 

调查队伍已得到了马航370客机和马来西亚航空交通管制中心之间的通话记录,并进行了分析。

 

依据这类型调查行动的标准作业程序,调查队伍还未能在这阶段公开该通话记录的内容。不过,我可以证实该通话内容没显示任何可疑之处

 

5.货物舱单

 

针对马航370的货物仓事件,调查小组已收到了货物舱单并展开调查。他们将于适时发布该货物舱单内容。

该货物舱单的初步调查没有显示任何与马航370班机失联有关的疑点

 

正如我昨天指出,所有马航370客机所承载的货物符合了国际民用航空组织和国际航空运输协会的规格。

 

6.总结

 

在过去的两个星期,马航370客机的搜查行动遇到了很多波折。我们遵循了所有线索和调查了所有可能让我们寻获马航370客机的资讯,其中包括卫星图像和目击者的描述, 。

 

今天,我们专注于澳洲当局于星期四发布的卫星图像的线索。澳洲当局也每小时传达于我们最新动态。

 

我了解此事情的波折给大家带来了不少困难,尤其是乘客家属。我们希望并祈祷此搜查行动会有一个结局,并给乘客家属一个完整的交代

 

我想借此机会感谢所有26个支援我们行动的国家; 从普通百姓上至政府最高领导。我还要特别感谢那些加入马航370客机搜查行动,并将自身置于危险的各国搜查团队队员。 

 

在我发言的同时,已有一组人员航越热带风暴以支援马航370客机的搜查行动。我们很感激所有在此行动做出贡献的所有伙伴。