Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Montreal, Canada – In an address before the 203rd Session of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council held yesterday Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, called upon member states to adopt mandatory procedures and protocols that would increase safety and security standards in international civil aviation.

The address was given in the context of the two tragic aviation events which occurred in 2014, the loss of MH370 and the take down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Saturday, October 25, 2014. In the wake of recent aviation tragedies and with a view toward improving aviation security, a meeting in Washington DC with Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation of the United States of America was held yesterday to further solidify our stand to work together. Malaysia appreciates the support of the US Government extended in the aftermath of MH370 and MH17 and for its support of a resolution before the International Civil Aviation Organisation (“ICAO”) Council on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 destroyed over Eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014.

The MH370 search area encompasses the seabed on and around Broken Ridge, an extensive linear, mountainous sea floor structure that once formed the margin between two geological plates. These plates spread apart between 20 and 100 million years ago, under similar processes found today at spreading plate margins such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The sea floor around Broken Ridge still retains many of the large geological structures typical of spreading plate margins where volcanism and tectonic movements produce volcanoes (now extinct), high rugged ridges and deep trenches.

The recently acquired high-resolution bathymetry data has revealed many of these seabed features for the first time. It is also revealing finer-scale seabed features that were not visible in the previous low-resolution, satellite-derived bathymetry data.