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« Reply #560 on: September 04, 2014, 10:57:18 PM »

http://www.smh.com.au/national/mh370-hunt-gets-new-map-as-searchers-say-well-find-it-20140830-10aczn.html

MH370 hunt gets new map as searchers say 'we'll find it'
Date  August 31, 2014



This is the latest chart of the priority search area for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 prepared for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

A survey of the area in the southern Indian Ocean by two ships using multi beam sonar is almost complete and will provide an accurate contour map of the sea bed which in places is up to six kilometres deep.

At the end of September, three ships, the Equator and Discovery owned by contracted search company Fugro Survey Australia, and the Malaysian-contracted vessel GO Phoenix will begin the search that could finally answer the world's biggest aviation mystery.
 

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« Reply #561 on: September 05, 2014, 09:56:36 AM »

Thank you for the updates grace-land. 
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« Reply #562 on: September 05, 2014, 09:32:19 PM »

Thank you for the updates grace-land. 

You're welcome, MuffyBee!


 
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« Reply #563 on: September 05, 2014, 09:36:29 PM »

http://www.wdsu.com/national/hard-areas-in-mh370-zone-probably-geological/27893670

Hard areas in MH370 zone probably geological
Published  5:30 AM CDT Sep 05, 2014

(CNN) —The undersea mapping of the main search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has found small parts of the ocean floor that are harder than the surrounding rock, but the objects detected are unlikely to be man-made, Australian authorities said Friday.
 
Australian geoscientists have been analyzing the data gathered during the mapping survey, in part to gauge the hardness of the ocean floor -- whether it's hard rock, soft rock or silt.

"We have detected a number of areas where there are small areas that are relatively harder than the surrounding rock. There's multiple detections of this sort," said Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is overseeing the underwater search.

"It's unlikely to be a man-made object, much more likely to be a geological formation," Dolan told CNN. "Nevertheless, we will feed all this information into our overall planning of our search of the priority areas for the location of MH370."

Dolan first referred to the hard areas of the ocean floor in comments reported by The Times of London.

The areas are inside the priority search zone, he told CNN, but he wasn't able to say how big they were.
 
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« Reply #564 on: September 17, 2014, 11:04:47 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/mh370-indian-ocean-search-hampered-bad-weather-n205101

MH370 Indian Ocean Search Hampered by Bad Weather
First published September 17th 2014, 4:03 am 

Heavy seas and bad weather are hampering efforts to map the ocean where investigators believe missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, Australian officials said Wednesday. An international team is conducting a bathymetric survey of the floor of the southern Indian Ocean in order to help the underwater search for the Boeing 777. However, conditions are hampering the preparatory work, the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau announced in an update.

“Heavy sea conditions have affected the progress of the survey in recent weeks, leading to some re-sounding work to fill gaps in the data,” the ATSB said. The Chinese survey vessel Zhu Kezhen has suspended survey operations since Sept. 6 in order to avoid poor weather, it added. 
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« Reply #565 on: September 17, 2014, 11:12:50 PM »

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370.aspx
MH370 Operational Search Update 17 September 2014

This operational report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the search effort for MH370. Our work will continue to be thorough and methodical, so sometimes weekly progress may seem slow. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370 as quickly as possible.

Bathymetric survey

The bathymetric survey provides a map of the ocean floor to ensure the safe and effective operation of equipment during the underwater search.

Over 106,000 square kilometres of the wide search area have been surveyed (see map below).


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 The priorities for the search will continue to be reviewed and will change over time.

Ship movements

Fugro Equator continues its work to map priority areas in preparation for the underwater search. Heavy sea conditions have affected the progress of the survey in recent weeks, leading to some re-sounding work to fill gaps in the data. On 13 September, the vessel commenced passage to Fremantle for resupply. It is expected to arrive in port on 18 September and depart again on 19 September to continue survey work in the search area.

The Chinese survey vessel Zhu Kezhen has suspended survey operations since 6 September in order to avoid inclement weather.

The Chinese support vessel Haixun 01 continued to be stationed at the Port of Fremantle for repairs.

Weather

A strong cold front will cross the search area during Thursday as a deep low passes well to the south. Sea conditions between sea states 2 and 7 are expected over the next three to four days.

Underwater search

Vessels involved in the search are being jointly funded by Malaysia and Australia. Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator (which is currently being used to survey the search area) are Fugro Survey Pty Ltd vessels, and the GO Phoenix has equipment and experts provided by Phoenix International (Phoenix).

Ship movements

Mobilisation of search assets is already under way. GO Phoenix has completed mobilisation in Singapore and is currently scheduled to begin its assigned search tasks within the month.

Fugro Discovery is completing fit-out work in South Africa. Search equipment and a mission crew are expected to be mobilised on the vessel in Fremantle at the end of September.

Fugro Equator, the vessel currently being used to survey the search area, is expected to be mobilised as a search vessel when its bathymetric work is complete around the end of October.

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« Reply #566 on: September 24, 2014, 10:37:14 PM »

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370.aspx
MH370 Operational Search Update 24 September 2014

This operational report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the search effort for MH370. Our work will continue to be thorough and methodical, so sometimes weekly progress may seem slow. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370 as quickly as possible.

Bathymetric survey

The bathymetric survey provides a map of the ocean floor to ensure the safe and effective operation of equipment during the underwater search.

Over 106,000 square kilometres of the wide search area have been surveyed (see map below).


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 The priorities for the search will continue to be reviewed and will change over time.

Ship movements

After resupply in Fremantle, Fugro Equator commenced passage back to the search area on 19 September and arrived on 24 September to recommence survey work in the search area in preparation for the underwater search.

On 20 September, the Chinese survey vessel Zhu Kezhen completed her MH370 search mission and commenced return passage to China.

The Chinese support vessel Haixun 01 continued to be stationed at the Port of Fremantle for repairs.

Weather

A series of cold fronts will move through to the south of the area over the next four days. A significant front will approach from the west on Friday. Sea conditions between sea states 2 and 7 are expected over the next three to four days.

Underwater search

Vessels involved in the search are being jointly funded by Malaysia and Australia. Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator (which is currently being used to survey the search area) are Fugro Survey Pty Ltd vessels, and the GO Phoenix has equipment and experts provided by Phoenix International (Phoenix).

Ship movements

Mobilisation of search assets is already under way. GO Phoenix received fit-out work in Jakarta in preparation for the sea and weather conditions it is likely to encounter in the search area. GO Phoenix departed Jakarta on 23 September for the calibration area and is expected to arrive at the allocated underwater search area on 1 October. GO Phoenix will search there for around 20 days before sailing to Fremantle to be resupplied.

Fugro Discovery has completed fit-out work in Durban, South Africa and commenced passage to Australia. The vessel is expected to arrive in Fremantle on 2 October, whereupon search equipment and a mission crew are expected to be mobilised.

Fugro Equator, the vessel currently being used to survey the search area, is expected to be mobilised as a search vessel when its bathymetric work is complete around the end of October.

Planning

The ATSB, in consultation with the contracted search experts, is in the process of finalising the initial plan for the underwater search, to be followed and referred to by all parties involved in the underwater search. The comprehensive plan for the underwater search will include a sequence of priority areas. The first area to be searched has already been surveyed to ensure an accurate understanding of the sea floor topography.

Search priorities

From early in the search, analysis has consistently indicated a very high probability of finding the aircraft along a defined arc in the southern Indian Ocean (where the aircraft last communicated with a ground station through a satellite). This is where the aircraft is assessed to have run out of fuel.
 
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« Reply #567 on: September 28, 2014, 01:28:41 AM »

There are more 3D images at the link. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/missing-flight-mh370-new-images-from-underwater-search-mission-reveal-scale-of-challenge-in-locating-lost-plane-9758665.html

Missing flight MH370: New images from underwater search mission reveal scale of challenge in locating lost plane
Friday 26 September 2014

The team searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared in March this year with 239 people on board, have revealed detailed images of the underwater terrain including extinct volcanoes and a 5,000 ft canyon.
 
Led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the search for the missing plane is set to resume on 30 September, and the new 3D images have been collected as data to aid the search.

Mapping the floor of the Indian Ocean by using specialist sonar equipment has revealed parts of the seabed that have never been seen before, uncovering a 4,593 ft canyon at the bottom of the sea, and now extinct volcanoes known as seamounts scattered across the ocean floor.
 

The 3D map reveals seamounds and depressions in the oceans in the ocean bed


3D map of the Indian Ocean created for the next stage of the MH370 search effort
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« Reply #568 on: October 01, 2014, 02:09:08 AM »

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370.aspx

MH370 Operational Search Update 1 October 2014

This operational report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the search effort for MH370. Our work will continue to be thorough and methodical, so sometimes weekly progress may seem slow. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370 as quickly as possible.

Bathymetric survey

The bathymetric survey provides a map of the ocean floor to ensure the safe and effective operation of equipment during the underwater search.

Over 111,000 square kilometres of the wide search area have been analysed and mapped (see map below).


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The priorities for the search will continue to be reviewed and will change over time.

Ship movements

Having returned to the search area on 24 September after a resupply visit to Fremantle, Fugro Equator continues bathymetric survey operations. Conditions in the area have ranged significantly, with high winds and poor sea conditions slowing progress at times. Some data gaps will require resurvey. On Sunday 28 September, however, conditions improved, enabling the survey speed to be gradually increased.

The Chinese support vessel Haixun 01 finished repairs at the Port of Fremantle. Having completed her MH370 search mission, the vessel commenced return passage to China on 30 September.

Weather

A series of fronts will cross the area over the next four days, with isolated showers anticipated on Wednesday and Saturday. Sea states between 2 and 6 are expected over the next three to four days.

Underwater search

Vessels involved in the search are being jointly funded by Malaysia and Australia. Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator (which is currently being used to survey the search area) are Fugro Survey Pty Ltd vessels, and GO Phoenix has equipment and experts provided by Phoenix International (Phoenix).

Ship movements

Mobilisation of search assets is already under way. On 24 September, GO Phoenix departed Jakarta, Indonesia after work to prepare the vessel for the sea and weather conditions it is likely to encounter in the search area. Calibration of the ultrashort baseline system (the equipment used to position the towfish) was successfully undertaken in the Sunda Strait. The vessel then proceeded to an area close to Christmas Island to calibrate its multibeam echo sounder equipment, which was also successful. GO Phoenix is expected to arrive at its allocated underwater search area around 5 October and is expected to conduct operations there for around 12 days before sailing to Fremantle to be resupplied.

Fugro Discovery has completed fit-out work in Durban, South Africa, and is en route to Australia. The vessel’s current estimated time of arrival in Fremantle is 5 October, whereupon search equipment and a mission crew will be mobilised.

Fugro Equator, the vessel currently being used to survey the search area, is expected to be mobilised as a search vessel when its bathymetric work is complete around the end of October.

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« Reply #569 on: October 01, 2014, 11:56:38 PM »

I think that if the plane is in the search area, it will be found.  Now...to wait patiently. ::sigh::   

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-02/next-phase-of-mh-370-search-to-get-underway/5784214

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Search vessels prepare for new phase in hunt for missing aircraft
Updated 2 Oct 2014, 11:14amThu 2 Oct 2014, 11:14am



A new phase in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is set to begin in the Indian Ocean in a matter of days.

The Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix, the first of three vessels contracted to conduct an underwater search more than 1,500 kilometres off the West Australian coast, is expected to arrive in the area on Sunday.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the Phoenix was expected to conduct operations for 12 days before heading to Fremantle to resupply.

The remaining two vessels, The Fugro Discovery and the Fugro Equator, are scheduled to join the search in the coming weeks.
 
Australia contracted Dutch company Fugro to search for MH370 using sonar technology on a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean.

While the search has so far revealed remnants of volcanoes, towering ridges and deep trenches on the seafloor beneath the Indian Ocean, no sign of the missing plane or the 239 passengers has been found.

Transport Minister Warren Truss said he was still cautiously optimistic the wreckage would be located.

"It's not clear how long that search will take. We would hope, obviously, to find the aircraft on the first day, but it could in fact take a year to search the entire area and weather conditions will have an impact," he said.
 
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« Reply #570 on: October 02, 2014, 02:18:07 PM »

grace-land thank you for the updates   
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« Reply #571 on: October 02, 2014, 02:27:28 PM »

grace-land thank you for the updates   

 
 
 
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« Reply #572 on: October 03, 2014, 12:17:23 AM »

grace-land thank you for the updates   

 
 
 

You're welcome cw618 and MuffyBee.  Few more days and the search resumes...yay!

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« Reply #573 on: October 03, 2014, 12:24:18 AM »

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/flight-mh370-hi-tech-vessels-resume-4365471

Flight MH370: Hi-tech vessels to resume search for missing flight in Indian Ocean within days
Oct 02, 2014 12:55 

 
Search leader Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan from the Australian Transport Safety Board said the first search vessel, GO Phoenix, was likely to arrive late Sunday.

“When they get going, they will deploy an underwater sonar on the end of very long cable,about four miles, close to ocean floor.

"Three things that make it complicated is that we know aircraft will be found there but have to prioritise high probability areas.

“Also, towing expensive equipment, we need to know closely what the ocean floor is like.

"The sea floor is quite complex, not just a simple matter, and additional attention is needed for some areas to cover them properly.

“Lastly, data itself requires a specialised eye to understand, so we also have the capacity to review.”

The new stage of the search comes after months of detailed analysis and sea bed surveys which has indicated the aircraft, believed to have run out of fuel with 298 passengers and crew on board the Kuala Lumpar to Beijing flight, should be found along a defined arc in the southern Indian Ocean.

The primary search area, dubbed the ‘priority area’, is an arc 23,000 square miles in size - roughly the size of Croatia - and 1,120 miles off the Australian coast.

Mr Dolan also said the weather could play a major role in how long the search goes on, with challenging and unpredictable conditions.

He said: “Weather is improving and the course of this month is as good as it gets, make the searching as easy as possible but still big swells and storms will come through.”

Other vessels will also join GO Phoenix including Furgo Discovery which has completed fit out works in Durban, South Africa, and is en-route to Australia where it is expected to arrive in Fremantle on Sunday.

“The second vessel will go to another high probability area and the third vessel will work between those two areas,” said Mr Dolan.

“Until we have more solid data no one will be able to come to form a specific view and people will speculate.

"But we want to give some certainty of closure to the families. The current plan is scheduled to take up to a year but we hope we won’t need that.

“But there are no guarantees.”
 
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« Reply #574 on: October 05, 2014, 12:04:12 AM »

http://pix11.com/2014/10/04/the-search-for-mh370-next-phase-poised-to-begin/

The search for MH370: Next phase poised to begin
Posted 10:47 PM, October 4, 2014, by CNN, Updated at 10:43pm, October 4, 2014   

 
What happens next?

The Australian government said in August that it has picked Fugro Survey, a Dutch company for the mapping and the next phase of undersea search, along with a vessel, the GO Phoenix, supplied by the Malaysian government.

The latter will, weather permitting, arrive at its assigned search zone late Sunday and, will deploy towed sonar to begin the search on on Monday and will conduct search activity for 12 days before going to Fremantle, in Western Australia, for resupply.

The search vessel will be joined by the two Dutch ships, the Fugro Discovery and the Fugro Equator, later in the month. The Equator is currently finishing up detailed mapping of the search zones.

“The current plan envisages that we will progressively cover our priority search areas over the course of about a year,” Martin Dolan, Chief Commissioner and CEO of the ATSB, told CNN by phone.

What we know is that the aircraft will be found close to the arc, the final attempt at communication between the aircraft systems and ground stations. We’ve done progressively more refined and detailed analysis of the other satellite information that has enabled us to prioritise (search areas) along that arc.

“We have a high probability that the aircraft will be found at the southern end of that long arc. We now know in considerable detail what almost all of the search area looks like, we’ve mapped these in detail. We can tow our sonar equipment about 100 meters (329 ft) from the ocean floor in confidence that we won’t run into any unexpected obstacles.”

What happens if/when the wreckage is found?

Dolan says that it largely depends on where, and how, the plane is found. The Australian contingent, he says, is still discussing plans with their Malaysian colleagues on how to proceed in the event of a positive identification of plane wreckage.

“If you have a debris field identified, to be able to know what to do with it requires careful mapping and photographing, which will take up to a month,” he says. “Until we’ve got that largely completed we won’t understand the sequence of what we’re able to do in relation to wreckage and human remains.”

What happens if they don’t find it within the current search timetable?

There is $60 million ($52.8 mil) earmarked by the Australian government for mapping and underwater search, and Australian expenditure is to be matched by Malaysian government. It is a significant resource upon which to draw, Dolan says.

However, “if at the end of that we haven’t found the aircraft, then it’s really going to be a matter for governments to decide what’s next what resources they might wish to supply and I can’t really preempt what that discussion might be.”
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« Reply #575 on: October 05, 2014, 12:17:02 AM »

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/mh370-seabed-search-begins-in-four-mile-deep-indian-ocean-waters

MH370 seabed search begins in four-mile deep Indian Ocean waters
October 4, 2014

 
Final resting place
The only clues so far to the final resting place of the Malaysian Airline System Bhd. aircraft have been data exchanges with an Inmarsat Plc satellite, which suggested it ditched somewhere along an arc of ocean west of Perth, Australia.

Survey vessels using ship-based sonar have scanned about 110,000 square kilometres of ocean along this arc, producing maps to help guide the ocean-floor search beginning tomorrow.

The resolution of the maps was about 110 square metres per pixel, Daniel O’Malley, a spokesman for the ATSB, said by e- mail. That compares to the 64-metre length of an intact 777-200.

The GO Phoenix, owned by Perth-based oil and gas services company Go Marine Group Pty., has been hired by Malaysia’s government and its state oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd. It will tow a side-scan sonar vehicle close to the sea floor to search for features of the ocean bottom. The vehicle can cover 194 square kilometres per day, according to its manufacturer.

Flight 447
Side-scan sonar sends out beams of soundwaves nearly parallel to the ocean floor, and use the reflected sound to detect the ‘shadows’ of objects sticking above the surface. The technology was used to detect the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, as well as the Tudor warship Mary Rose under the seabed near Portsmouth, England.

The sonar being used by Phoenix is capable of spotting features as small as 100 square centimetres as far as 1.2 kilometres away, according to the manufacturer’s website. That’s equivalent to someone at one of the piers of San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge picking out a compact disc case on the opposite side.

Two more vessels contracted by the Australian government from Dutch engineering group Fugro NV will also take part in the search.

The Fugro Equator is currently in the search area carrying out further ship-based sonar surveys and will start deep-sea work around the end of this month, according to the ATSB.

The Fugro Discovery is due to arrive in Perth’s port of Fremantle tomorrow to pick up search equipment and a crew. — Bloomberg

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« Reply #576 on: October 05, 2014, 10:42:10 PM »

The search for Flight 370 has officially resumed--the GO Phoenix has arrived!  Hoping for a successful search of the plane and some measure of closure for the families of the passengers and crew members.  an angelic monkey

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/10/06/search-mh370-resumes-indian-ocean

6 Oct 2014 - 1:16pm
Search for MH370 resumes in Indian Ocean

Transport authorities are cautiously optimistic a new underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will find the wreckage.

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has resumed after a four month hiatus.

The Perth-owned, Malaysian government-hired, GO Phoenix search vessel has begun 12 days of sonar surveys in the zone about 1,800 kilometres west of Australia.

Two more vessels provided by Dutch contractor Fugro will join the search in coming days.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's Martin Dolan has told the ABC the search could take up to 12 months.

"What we have is a plan to cover the high priority areas, (but) we don't really have any sense of when in the course of that year we're likely to find something," he said.

"All we want to indicate to everyone is we're cautiously optimistic in the course of a year we'll locate the missing aircraft."

The Fremantle Port Authority says the Fugro Discovery has arrived at Fremantle and is expected to join the Indian Ocean search for MH370 later this week.

The Fugro Discovery has had fit-out work done in Durban, South Africa and will have search equipment and a mission crew mobilised over the next few days.

Fugro Equator is likely to be used as a search vessel when its bathymetric work finishes later this month.
 
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« Reply #577 on: October 06, 2014, 06:30:58 PM »

http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/10/06/a-cnn-special-report-vanished-the-mystery-of-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-airs-tomorrow-at-9pm-etpt-mh370-preview/

October 6th, 2014 01:09 PM ET
CNN Special Report: "VANISHED: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370"

CNN Special Report airs Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 9pm ET

In the middle of the night on March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and 239 people on board vanished without a trace.  The world watched as the most extensive search in aviation history turned up nothing.

Now, seven months after its disappearance, the CNN Special Report Vanished: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will go back to the beginning, retracing the key moments of Flight 370.

In the hour-long special report, CNN’s Martin Savidge asks aviation experts – including CNN’s Richard Quest and Australian ATSB commissioner Martin Dolan – the questions we all want to know:  What happened on board Flight 370?  How could a modern airliner go missing?  And will we ever find it?
 
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« Reply #578 on: October 06, 2014, 06:35:58 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/glance-search-flight-370-25987253

At a Glance: The Search for Flight 370
SYDNEY — Oct 6, 2014, 3:58 AM ET

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Monday in a remote part of the Indian Ocean, far off Australia's west coast. Here's a rundown of the operation to look for the jet, which inexplicably vanished nearly seven months ago:
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THE SHIPS
Three ships will take part in the search: the GO Phoenix, provided by Malaysia's government, and the Equator and Discovery, provided by Dutch contractor Fugro. The GO Phoenix was first on the scene, with the Discovery joining in later this month. The Equator is still mapping areas of the search zone and will join the hunt once that is complete, likely at the end of the month.
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THE SEARCH AREA
The search zone is about 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) off Australia's west coast. This 60,000-square kilometer (23,000-square mile) area lies along what is known as the "seventh arc" — a stretch of ocean where investigators believe the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed, based largely on an analysis of transmissions between the plane and a satellite. The water ranges from 600 meters (2,000 feet) to 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) deep — the equivalent of three-quarters of the height of Mount Everest. The average depth is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). The terrain is mountainous, with ridges and volcanoes jutting out of the seabed and deep crevasses providing sharp, sudden drop-offs.
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THE CREW
Each ship will have a crew of 25 to 35 people working around the clock. The teams can stay at sea for up to 30 days before heading back to shore to refuel, resupply and rotate the crew. It takes up to six days just to travel between the search area and the Australian coast, the closest land.
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« Reply #579 on: October 06, 2014, 10:49:29 PM »

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/second-ship-to-join-hunt-for-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/story-e6frg6nf-1227081812334

Second ship to join hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
October 07, 2014 12:00AM

A SECOND ship will soon leave Fremantle to boost the resumed search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, following the restart of searching yesterday in a ­refined zone the size of ­Tasmania. 
 
The ship GO Phoenix, which left Jakarta late last month, ­arrived in the smaller search area about midnight on Sunday and began sweeping the ocean floor early yesterday with a sonar ­device known as a tow fish. The tow fish hovers about 100m above the seabed on cable up to 10km long.

A second ship, Fugro ­Discovery, is scheduled to set sail from the West Australian port in the next few days and will conduct tests at sea before it reaches the search area in about two weeks.

The ships will search for up to a year, returning alternately to port in Western Australia every 30 to 40 days, Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan said yesterday.
 
The new search area is in the southernmost area of the old search area and is based on what authorities describe as a recent refinement to the analysis that has given greater certainty about when the aircraft turned south into the Indian Ocean.
 

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