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: email@example.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
Background information and official reports can be found at the ATSB and Geoscience Australia