Special Session 13 (SS13): Thursday, September 21, 2017, 10:30 – 12:00

Searching for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370: A comprehensive and detailed presentation on the search, past, present, and future

Tikahtnu Ballroom B

Name of Convener/Organizer: Andrew Sherrell, Sherrell Ocean Services; Quality Assurance

Manager for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Email Contact of Organizer: aj@nullsos-oe.com

Session Format: Presentation and Discussion

Attendance: Open to all attending OCEANS’17 and Exhibition Pass Holders

Underwater search and rescue operations are inherently challenging. Even boats, ships and

aircraft that disappear under the surface of the ocean within sight of land and with known “last

observed” locations can take several months to locate and recover.

After Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 a massive international

search effort was launched. To this day what happened during the flight and how it ended

remains one of the greatest mystery’s in recent aviation history.

In this Presentation/Townhall session, an overview of the underwater vehicles used, the data

collected, how they were processed and reviewed, and the operational challenges that were

encountered and overcome during this search effort will be presented. The audience will gain a

complete and objective picture of the enormous task that was undertaken to locate this missing

aircraft. Topics will include search operations, methods, equipment, designation of search areas,

and the loss analysis done for MH370.

Results, findings and the future of the search will be discussed followed by an open question and

answer session.

Background information and official reports can be found at the ATSB and Geoscience Australia