Official Documents - Decoding MH370

The disappearance of flight MH370 was treated as a criminal matter and consequently information was initially with-held from the public.

This page indexes official reports and supporting documents which have since been released to the public.

An attempt is made to list documents in chronological order - which simulates the sequence in which both officials and the public have been informed.

Note: Media Statements are indexed here.

15 March 2014

Prime Minister Najib Razak informed the media and public that MH370 did turn back, that an aircraft was tracked by military radar, and based on raw satellite data that was obtained from the satellite data service provider, confirmed that the aircraft shown in the primary radar data was flight MH370.

25 March 2014

On 24 March 2014 Prime Minister Najib Razak informed the media and public that, based on further analysis of the raw satellite data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

This analysis was provided to the MH370 Investigation by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIBAir Accident Investigation Bureau (Malaysia) or Air Accident Investigation Branch (United Kingdom)) and a summary was subsequently released to the public.


AAIBAir Accident Investigation Bureau (Malaysia) or Air Accident Investigation Branch (United Kingdom)

1 April 2014

In a Press Briefing, Hishammuddin HusseinMinister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport announced the release of the full transcript of communications between flight MH370 and Air Traffic Control Kuala Lumpur. The transcript was initially held as part of the police investigation.


DCADepartment of Civil Aviation (Malaysia)/MoTMinistry of Transport (Malaysia)

9 April 2014

The first report on the loss of MH370 was the Preliminary Report dated 9 April 2014 by the Office of the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. This report was written for, and submitted to, the ICAOInternational Civil Aviation Organisation and not made public until 1 May 2014.

April 2014

Malaysia Airlines released the passenger manifest. The document is dated 10 April 2014.


MH370 - Passenger Manifest


Malaysia Airlines

1 May 2014

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the release of the Preliminary Report regarding the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, by the Ministry of Transport.

The Prime Minister said that the report was released based on the "principle of openness and transparency". On a Facebook page Najib Razak posted "I set, as a guiding principle, the rule as long as the release of information does not hamper the investigation or the search operation, in the interests of openness and transparency."

The MH370 Preliminary Report included an audio recording of conversation between the cockpit and the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control, the cargo manifest, a map of the flight path, the passenger seating plan and an additional document that gave further information on actions taken between 1.38am and 6.14am on March 8, the day Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing.

Source: New Straits Times


MH370 Preliminary Report Serial 03/2014

MH370 - Actions taken between 01.38 and 06.14 on Saturday 8 March 2014

MH370 Data Communication Logs]]

MH370 - Search Radius for MH370

MH370 - Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill

MH370 - Passenger Manifest


Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia

March 2015

On 8 March 2015 The Malaysian ICAOInternational Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team released the Interim Statement

March 2016

On 8 March 2016 The Malaysian ICAOInternational Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team released the Second Interim Statement


MoTMinistry of Transport (Malaysia) Malaysia

19 April 2016


Debris examination – update No. 1 Missing aircraft, Boeing 777, 9M-MRORegistration Number, 8 March 2014 Identification of two items of debris recovered from beaches in Mozambique ATSBAustralia Transport Safety Bureau Technical Examination Report Aviation AE-2014-054] Debris examination update 1 - 19 April 2016