Missing Flight MH370

Operational Search Support

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens around an hour into the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8th March, 2014.

RPS provided day-to-day drift modelling to assist the search for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean. The support provided included:

  • Full time presence in the Canberra Crisis Centre.
  • Integration of the data from drifters being deployed by aircraft in the Indian Ocean. These drifters provide an understanding of the movement of the currents and the accuracy of model predictions.
  • Integration of three global ocean models to provide multiple forecasts of surface currents.
  • Drift modelling of various objects from different locations to help create the daily search areas for the vessels and aircraft using a consensus modelling approach.
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