A response team lead by DCA will be established to handle matters relating to MH370

January 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm


Monday, 23 January 2017


Liow: A response team lead by DCA will be established to handle matters relating to MH370 after the suspension

Perth, Australia – Today I joined Honorable Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport of Australia and Mr Zhi Guanglu, Director General, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of the People’s Republic of China to receive the Fugro Equator vessel at the Australian Marine Complex, Port Henderson.

On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I expressed my utmost appreciation to the crew on board Fugro Equator for their unwavering commitments and efforts in the largest search effort in aviation history. It is undoubtedly a very challenging task for the crew involved in the search operations since we begin the underwater search for MH370 in June 2014.

Their commitments, professionalism and dedications towards the search operations in hope to find some answers to the families and loved ones of those onboard MH370 are truly commendable.

The search for MH370 has in many ways been at the very cutting edge of science and technology, and has certainly tested the limits of human endeavour in this unchartered area of the world. This is a remote location with adverse sea and weather condition with waves known to reach heights of between 15 to 20 metres.

Hence, by no small measure, it has really been a challenge for the search and recovery teams for which the Governments of Malaysia, Australia and People’s Republic of China are truly indebted for.

The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness. Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date, no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft.

We acknowledged that this is a very difficult time for the families and loved ones of the 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned as the team of experts led by the ATSB continue to analyse the comprehensive data from the search effort.

With the suspension of the underwater search, a response team led by the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation will be established to handle all matters relating to MH370. This includes information and debris that may be discovered in the near future with continued commitments from the Governments of Australia, China and Malaysia.

We remain ever hopeful that all of these will point us to the credible evidence, enabling us to find answers we seek in our effort to locate the aircraft.

It is important to note that all decisions with regards to MH370 has and will always be in the spirit of tripartite cooperation. In this regard, the unprecedented level of support, collaboration and cooperation given by the Governments of Australia and China has been instrumental during what has been a trying time for our nation.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of MH370.