23 comments on “Aircraft related to search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (9M-MRO): March – April 2014

  1. well done lads, that is fantastic what you have done for all of us spotters out here, you have worked hard to deliver all that information to us, im from the uk I live in Currambine in the northern suburbs with all what you have done there I can now start logging, I have been spotting aircraft for nearly 30 years now, and my only regret was to throw away all my log books when I came over to wa 6 years ago, what a fool so here we go again from the start. so once again many thanks
    Geoff Selby,

  2. Great information and photos, my question is where are all the flight and ground crews staying, surely not at Pearce the accommodation would be a bit stretched?
    I suppose in hotels in the city.

  3. Love your work mate keep it up.
    Nothing better than reading your posts and seeing photos of special aircraft that have visited Perth airport.
    Especially love the detail you put with every photo.

    Thanks for such a quality post and I look forward to future posts

  4. WOW1 That is come list. Going to take a while to digest, Thank you very much for all the effort

    Thank you seems inadequate!


  5. The two Japanese P-3s (5056 and 5060) arrived SZB on 11th April and departed (presumably back to Japan) on 12th April. CALLSIGN ‘JAPAN NAVY 56’ and ‘JAPAN NAVY 60’ respectively.

    PS. Thanks for your hard work in keeping track of the movements of aircraft involved in the SAR mission for MH370!

  6. David

    That is a fantastic record.
    Could you send me an e-mail address so that if any of the local [Irish] aviation magazines could contact you? They are professional quality but the contributors don’t get paid!
    I think I spotted typo on two adjacent photos where 21045 is given the msn of 20541. A pair of numbers that could almost be chosen to confuse!

    Your efforts and the wonderful photos are much appreciated.

    Antoin Daltun

    • Thanks Antoin for the compliments, and for spotting the typing error in the MSN for IL-76 21045 – have fixed it now.

      Our email address is: AviationWA(at)gmail.com

      Kind Regards,
      David Eyre
      Aviation Association of WA

  7. WOW – what a great selection of photos and information. Must have been a very time consuming task. Thanks for all your hard work. Those PLAAF IL-76 shots just fantastivc.
    Robbie Shaw

    • Hi Robbie,

      Many thanks for your kind compliments.

      I have a backlog of photos to be uploaded, but try to keep the list updated daily. Assigning of callsigns to aircrews, rather than aircraft makes things a bit tricky, and we try to only report movements we know or believe to be connected to the MH370 search. I have tried to ensure the list is as accurate as possible.

      We have so many photos of the two PLAAF IL-76s now that it is difficult to choose which ones to include – we don’t want too much repetition.

      David Eyre
      Aviation Association of WA

    • Hi Guus,
      MSNs of the IL-76s have not been confirmed, as this would require access to the interior of the aircraft.
      Scramble’s website states that the MSN of the Il-76 is to be found on the rear cargo-hold pressure bulkhead which lifts up to the ceiling of the aircraft for loading and unloading – which can only be read off when the cargo doors are open, and some aircraft do not have it painted there. The only other place where the MSN is located is the doors to the cockpit from inside the cargo-bay, which carry a small plate with the last five digits.
      As far as I am aware, none of the local aviation enthusiasts have been able to gain access to either of the IL-76s when the doors are open.
      David Eyre

  8. Its unfortunate that the tragedy that befell MH370 is the cause of this excellent record of the attempts made in the rescue effort.

    Oh to be living in the Western Australia area to capture such aviation activity.

    And if you are not living there, like me from Ireland, then to have someone record the activity with such passion and detail for the benefit of a wider community is a real joy.

    Thank you David for the effort you have put into this project albeit caused by a tragedy.

    • Thanks David for your compliments.
      Myself and the other local aviation Western Australian aviation enthusiasts have found it awe inspiring to see so many people from around the world working together to try to find MH370.
      In compiling the list and photos of aircraft involved, one can see what a massive effort this search has been. This only covers the Australian part of the search since 18 March 2014, not the many aircraft involved in the search over the Gulf of Thailand, Malacca Strait and Andaman Sea, etc during the early stages.
      We sincerely hope that they succeed in solving this mystery, as the relatives and friends of those aboard have suffered so much, for so long.

      David Eyre

  9. Excellent work David. Your chronological history is quite accurate and will remain in the annals of history for some time.
    Keep it up.

    Bryan carpenter

    • Thanks Bryan for your kind compliments.
      If you happen to find any inaccurate information in the list or captions, please let me know.
      David Eyre

  10. What a great collection of aircraft photos – well done, indeed.

    For the RAAF, SAR callsigns (Rescue 1xx) – they aren’t crew related but are SAR Mission related numbers as assigned by HQ RAAF Glenbrook as the main co-ordinating authority of the RAAF SAR operational sorties. From memory, we used to reset the sequence each calendar month. Personal callsigns of the aircraft captain are prefixed with a squadron rootword followed by the individual pilot’s assigned number, such as Sealion 55. Positioning flights are normally conducted using personal callsigns, hence, Mitchell 7or Sealion 55.

    For the identity of the unidentified RAAF P3 Orion (03APR2014) using the callsign Rescue 102 (the second one assigned for the month of April) I would suggest consulting Operations at HQPEA or HQGBK. I doubt that such information would be classified.

    • On behalf of all of the photographers involved, thank you for your compliments.
      Regarding the Orion RESCUE callsigns, they do not seem to be reset each month, as we have seen the same callsign used on consecutive days or every second day in the same month. The Orion callsigns are limited to RESCUE 102 through 105. Wedgetails use RESCUE 106 through 108. They may be mission-related numbers, as you suggest.
      The US Navy uses one P-8 on search flights each day, and each aircraft uses either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 as its callsign, although initially the callsigns related to individual aircraft. The Malaysian C-130s also seem to switch callsigns around, as M30-09 and M30-12 have both been noted using callsign RESCUE 281.

      David Eyre

  11. Well done David.

    You’ve been busy.

    Did you ever work for Qantas? Reservations, that is, in their Perth office?


    John McHarg

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