#MH370: Search moves underwater

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

The search for MH370 is moving underwater

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Good morning:

The search for #MH370 is moving underwater 26 days after the Boeing 777-200 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and a crew of 12. Searchers are running out of time as batteries on the black boxes approach their 30 day expiration and vast amounts of sea trash and inclement weather continue to prevent identification of debris from the crash.

The Wall Street Journal reports,

This week, the search was joined by a U.K. military submarine equipped to detect signals from the flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders, whose beacons could run out of power as soon as this weekend. The HMS Tireless bolsters the capabilities of the multinational team, which has been relying on a combination of satellite images, radar data and crews scanning through aircraft windows to search an area the size of Italy for floating debris.

The nuclear-powered submarine, built for the Royal Navy as a Cold War attack vehicle, has equipment on board that may help it to pinpoint signals from Flight 370’s recorders. It could also be used to search for aircraft wreckage along the largely undisturbed seabed, a spokeswoman for the U.K.’s defense ministry said.

The HMS Tireless will be joined by Ocean Shield, an Australian navy ship that will be towing a U.S. Navy black-box locator. The device is called a Towed Pinger Locator (TPL). It’s a passive listening device that can detect signals up to 2 miles away while operating down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet.

Eight aircraft and nine ships are participating in the Thursday search. No discoveries have been reported.

Meanwhile, the FBI has completed its investigation of the pilot’s flight-simulator hard drive and concluded that it found nothing suspicious.

You are up to date.

Photo by Aero Icarus released under a Creative Commons Share Alike license.

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4 Responses to #MH370: Search moves underwater

  1. Trained Observer says:

    Fun! Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks Fred. Hi Betty, Malisha, Crane Trained Observer & all!

    Was reading that in the case of the search for the black box in Air France 477, it was politics that slowed down the investigation. They knew the likely location from the debris trail a few months after the crash.

    Imagine the big money & politics involved now. Boeing, Malaysian Air, Malaysia, Australia, China…..

    Here’s some video of my recent flight out of Santa Monica Airport in a Piper Cherokee. Venice, MDR, Dodgers Stadium, Griffith Park Observatory & the Hollywood Sign from above:

    • Malisha says:

      Wow!

      When you’re filming out the window I can understand it but who’s holding the camera when we see your face or the pilot?

  3. bettykath says:

    Thanks for the update.

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