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« Reply #700 on: July 30, 2015, 12:01:07 PM »

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http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2015/July/wt224_2015.aspx

Aircraft wreckage found in Indian Ocean
Media Release
WT224/2015

30 July 2015
 
The Australian Government is aware that wreckage, which appears to be from an aircraft, has been found on La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, near Madagascar.

The debris is being examined by experts to determine its origin. Malaysia is responsible for the investigation and is managing this examination with the assistance of Boeing, the BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile), the National Transportation Safety Bureau (US) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

In the event that the wreckage is identified as being from MH 370 on La Reunion Island, it would be consistent with other analysis and modelling that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern Indian Ocean.
 
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« Reply #701 on: July 31, 2015, 07:30:42 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/31/world/mh370-debris-investigation/
Increasing confidence plane wreckage is from MH370, Australian official says
July 31, 2015

 
Boeing investigators are confident that the debris discovered on Reunion, which lies roughly 700 kilometers (435 miles) east of Madagascar, is from a 777 aircraft, according to a source close to the investigation.

The source said Boeing investigators are basing their view on photos that have been analyzed and a stenciled number that corresponds to a 777 component. A component number is not the same as a part number, which is generally much longer.

Images of the debris also appear to match schematic drawings for the right wing flaperon from a Boeing 777. A flaperon helps the pilot control the aircraft. It is lightweight and has sealed chambers, making it buoyant.

New debris, which washed ashore Thursday and appears to resemble remnants of a suitcase, is also part of the investigation, Reunion Island police officials confirmed to CNN.

But Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said officials were less sure that "the bag has anything to do with MH370" than they are about the plane wreckage.

Teams in Reunion have continued to search the stretch of coast where the debris was found.

THE NEXT STEPS
The plane debris will be transported to France on Friday evening, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the piece is expected to arrive in Paris on Saturday and will then be sent to the city of Toulouse, where aviation investigators will analyze it next week.

Malaysia, which is responsible for the overall investigation into MH370's disappearance, is sending teams of aviation officials to Toulouse and Reunion, the country's Prime Minister said Thursday.

It's unclear when the identification process will be completed and its results announced.

"I understand that the photographs that are available are of such detail that it may be possible to make an identification without further physical examination," Truss said Friday.

THE THEORIES
The photographs have enabled aviation experts around the globe to weigh in on what they think the piece of wreckage might tell investigators -- if it is confirmed to be from MH370.

One group of independent observers said Thursday that the damage to the flaperon should give authorities a good indication that the piece came off while the plane was still in the air.


The group, led by American Mobile Satellite Corp. co-founder Mike Exner, points to the small amount of damage to the front of the flaperon and the ragged horizontal tear across the back.

The rear damage could have been caused if the airliner had its flaperon down as it went into the ocean, some members of Exner's group wrote in a preliminary assessment after looking at photos and videos of the component.

But the lack of damage to the front makes it more likely the plane was in a high-speed, steep, spiral descent and the part fluttered until it broke off, the group said.

But an aircraft component specialist who spoke to CNN disagreed.

The lack of damage to the front section "tells me that the component could still have likely been back in its original position inside the wing itself," said Michael Kenney, senior vice president of Universal Asset Management, which provides plane components to airlines.

THE INVESTIGATION
Authorities have so far been unable to establish why Flight 370 flew sharply off its route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing and disappeared on March 8, 2014.

A preliminary assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies, produced in the wake of the MH370 disaster, suggested it was likely someone in the cockpit deliberately caused the aircraft's movements before the Malaysian airliner disappeared.


Two U.S. officials briefed on the matter told CNN that the assessment, which was not intended for public release, was prepared months ago and was solely based on available satellite and other evidence.

The U.S. intelligence assessment was largely focused on the multiple course changes the aircraft made after it deviated from its scheduled Kuala Lumpur to Beijing route. Analysts determined that, absent any other evidence, it's most likely someone in the cockpit deliberately moved the aircraft to specific waypoints, crossing Indonesian territory and eventually toward the south Indian Ocean.

Malaysian investigators haven't reported finding any evidence that casts suspicion on the pilots.

The airliner's crew has been the focus of attention since the mysterious disappearance, but no proof has emerged indicating they intended to destroy the plane. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies from numerous countries examined the plane's manifest of crew and passengers and found no significant information to suggest anyone on board posed an obvious threat.
 

(Bolded by me)  I see in this article it's noted the number stenciled on the debris is a component number and not a part number, the latter being exclusive to a particular aircraft from what I've read.  Now I realize why it might take longer to determine if this is connected to Flight MH370. 
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« Reply #702 on: August 01, 2015, 07:58:00 AM »

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ALERT Airplane debris thought to be from MH370 arrives in France for crash investigation, witness says - @Reuters  http://alerts.airlive.net

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ALERT Boeing says it will dispatch a technical team to assist in analyzing airplane part found on Reunion Isla...  http://alerts.airlive.net
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« Reply #703 on: August 02, 2015, 09:06:42 AM »

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ALERT Metal object found on Reunion Island thought to be from #MH370 may be a domestic ladder   - @NewsHazbail


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ALERT Malaysia says it wants to expand search for more airplane debris around Reunion Island - @Reuters  http://alerts.airlive.net

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UPDATE Malaysia says it wants to expand the search for more airplane debris around #Réunion Island (@Reuters/@SkyNewsBreak)  - @NewsHazbail

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ALERT More: An object, believed to be the door of an aircraft, was discovered just south of the city of St Den...  http://alerts.airlive.net
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« Reply #704 on: August 02, 2015, 09:09:50 AM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/08/02/wing-flap-arrives-testing-facility/31014241/
Official: Latest debris found on island not part of Flight 370\
August 2, 2015

An object found on an Indian Ocean island is not part of a plane door but a generic ladder that has nothing to do with missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a Malaysian official said Sunday.

The debris was found on the island of Reunion, where a piece of a Boeing 777 wing flap was found on a beach in the town of Saint Andre on Wednesday
 
The item was handed to authorities after it washed ashore south of the island's capital of St Denis in the north, according to the the BBC. The BBC and Sky News were among outlets initially reporting the object might be part of an aircraft door. Sky News said the object was discovered in a different location to a wing flap, which was found on the northeast of the island on Wednesday.

The wing flap, suspected to be from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, arrived at a testing facility in France on Saturday. The 8-foot-long piece — a flaperon — was escorted to the DGA TA aeronautical testing site near Toulouse, southern France, by police motorcycles and a police car.

Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai confirmed Sunday that the flaperon had been verified as being from a Boeing 777, the same type of aircraft as Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to Beijing with 239 people aboard.

He said the verification of the part came from French authorities and Boeing. Malaysian officials said they would seek help from territories near Reunion to try to find more plane debris, the Associated Press reported.
Aviation security expert Christophe Naudin told France's BFM-TV that just three 777s have crashed since 2013 and the other two were in completely different locations, the AP reported.

"One is in the United States, one in Ukraine, and this one in the Indian Ocean," he said. "In the aeronautic community there is no (doubt) on the issue of what the debris belongs to. We are all convinced that it belongs to this flight (370)."



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« Reply #705 on: August 02, 2015, 09:15:18 AM »

We're still waiting for verification of the flaperon found.  If it indeed from Flight MH370, I wonder how much other debris from it may have ended up in the area and until the flaperon was was found, no one suspected the possibilities.  There could also be debris related to the flight that is non-aircraft and I would think that would be much more difficult to tie to the flight.  I wonder if there will be more and more items floating up in the next weeks or months that need to be looked at closely.  And then I wonder if there is debris that hasn't made it all the way to the island, but is on it's way?  Time will tell.  I hope the famlies and friends of those that were on Flight MH370 will have answers soon. 
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« Reply #706 on: August 05, 2015, 01:32:34 PM »


http://www.airlive.net/2015/08/breaking-news-confirmed-debris-found-on.html


BREAKING NEWS: CONFIRMED - DEBRIS FOUND ON REUNION ISLAND FROM MH370
MALAYSIA
- The Malaysian Prime Minister confirmed on Wednesday that the piece of wing found washed up on Reunion Island is indeed from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

This gives us a definitive answer that the flight did indeed go down in the ocean as many suspected.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/world/asia/mh370-wing-reunion.html?_r=0
Réunion Debris Is Almost Surely From Flight 370, Officials Say
August 5, 2015

PARIS — Investigators and the families of those who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now have what they have sought for more than a year — the first tangible trace of the vanished airplane.

There are “very strong presumptions” that the airplane part that washed ashore last week on the French island of Réunion in the western Indian Ocean came from the ill-fated Boeing 777, an official said on Wednesday at a Paris news conference after experts had inspected the object.

A few minutes before the news conference, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia went further, declaring that the object definitely came from the missing plane, which mysteriously disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people aboard.

A person involved in the investigation said, however, that experts from Boeing and the National Transportation Safety Board who have seen the object — a piece of what is known as a flaperon — were not yet fully satisfied, and called for further analysis.

Their doubts were based on a modification to the flaperon part that did not appear to exactly match what they would expect from airline maintenance records, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity.
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Réunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Mr. Najib said in a televised statement broadcast in the early hours of Thursday in Malaysia.

At the news conference in Paris, Serge Mackowiak, the deputy Paris prosecutor, discussed what officials and experts from France, Malaysia, Australia and the United States had learned from examining the flaperon part in an aviation laboratory in Toulouse, France.

He said that representatives from Boeing confirmed that it came from a Boeing 777, based on its size, color, joint structure and other technical characteristics. He also said that “technical documentation” provided by Malaysia Airlines enabled experts to establish “common technical characteristics” between the debris and Flight 370’s flaperons.

Boeing said in a statement that its technicians were assisting in the analysis of the part, but declined to comment on the results of the examination.

The person involved in the investigation said that no serial or other unique identifying number was found, making the job of conclusively identifying the object more complicated. The person also said that so far, no burn marks or other evidence of physical damage had been found that might provide any clues about the circumstances in which the plane went down.
In any case, experts have cautioned that the discovery of the object was unlikely to tell investigators enough to determine exactly what happened to the plane.

 


Experts have warned that the complex movements of ocean currents and sea winds over so long a time would make it extremely difficult to trace the debris back to locate other wreckage.

Officials said the flaperon part found on Réunion, made from composite materials with a lightweight honeycomb interior, could float for months, unlike many other parts of the plane, which are most likely at the bottom of the ocean.

Australia is leading the underwater search for the plane, while the Malaysian authorities are conducting the broader investigation into the plane’s disappearance. French prosecutors have begun an investigation of their own because there were four French citizens on the flight, and the flaperon part is being examined in France because it washed up on French territory.

Warren Truss, the deputy prime minister of Australia, said in Sydney on Wednesday that the discovery did not change calculations of where to look for the plane. His country’s national science agency has confirmed that material from the current search area could have been carried by ocean currents to Réunion, thousands of miles west of the remote stretch of deep ocean where the plane is believed to have gone down, Mr. Truss said.

Material could also have reached “other locations, as part of a progressive dispersal of floating debris through the action of ocean currents and wind,” Mr. Truss said in the statement, which was issued hours before the announcement about the examination of the wing part.

“For this reason, thorough and methodical search efforts will continue to be focused on the defined underwater search area, covering 120,000 square kilometers, in the southern Indian Ocean,” Mr. Truss said. That area, equivalent to about 46,000 square miles, was expanded in April by authorities from Australia, Malaysia and China.

By Wednesday afternoon, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said that about half the search area — 23,000 square miles — had been combed so far, and that there would be a short break in the effort while the two search vessels that are currently at work return to port for supplies.

Though they have not yet found any part of the plane, the search vessels have found other objects, including a ship’s anchor and bell, giving the crews confidence that their methods are capable of spotting aircraft wreckage on the seafloor.
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« Reply #708 on: August 05, 2015, 09:42:54 PM »

From what I have read, the international team of experts has not conclusively confirmed that the debris is from Flight 370.  It seems that the experts are continuing to examine the debris...so we continue to wait.   

http://www.news10.net/story/news/nation/2015/08/05/reunion-island-missing-mh370/31167985/

Wing flap found on island traced to missing Flight 370
12:30 p.m. PDT August 5, 2015

A wing flap found on an island in the Indian Ocean has been traced to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday.

"Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from Flight 370," Razak said. "We now have physical evidence ... that Flight 370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

A French prosecutor expressed slightly less certainty, citing a "strong supposition" that the flaperon from a Boeing 777 was from the missing plane. Prosecutor Serge Mackowiak said analysis aimed at confirming the information would begin Thursday.

Investigators in France on Wednesday began examining the flaperon to determine if it was part of the missing plane. The flaperon  was found on a beach in the town of Saint Andre one week ago. Reunion is a French island.

The part was taken to the DGA TA aeronautical testing site near Toulouse in southern France. Investigators, from Malaysia, France and the U.S., will also examine the metal on the flaperon with microscopes to try and find out what caused the plane to go down, authorities said.
 
The airline released a statement calling the confirmation a "major breakthrough" into why the plane disappeared. “Family members of passengers and crew have already been informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected,” the statement said.
 
Razak thanked the dozens of nations that aided in the search for the plane and expressed sympathy for the families. Moments before he spoke, a text message alert was sent out to family members of the victims explaining the findings.

"The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable," he said "It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people onboard MH370. They have our deepest sympathy and prayers."
 
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Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2015/August/wt235_2015.aspx

Australia to help examine aircraft wreckage from La Réunion
Media Release
WT235/2015

05 August 2015
 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has confirmed that Australia—at the invitation of the French judiciary—has sent an expert from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to Toulouse, France, to take part in the examination of the B777 flaperon found on La Réunion.

“An investigator from the ATSB will join the French and Malaysian-led international investigation team today to examine aircraft wreckage found on La Réunion,” Mr Truss said.

“Malaysian authorities, who are responsible for investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, have determined that the aircraft component retrieved from La Réunion is a flaperon from a B777 aircraft.

“Work is being undertaken by the Malaysian and French authorities to establish whether the flaperon originated from MH370.

“Malaysian and French officials may be in a position to make a formal statement about the origin of the flaperon later this week.
 
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« Reply #710 on: August 05, 2015, 10:01:47 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150805.aspx

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MH370 Operational Search Update—
05 August 2015


 
Key developments this week

On 29 July aircraft wreckage was found on La Réunion. The wreckage was subsequently identified as being from a Boeing 777 and is currently undergoing further examination to determine its origin.

Fugro Discovery arrived at the port of Fremantle for resupply on 1 August and departed the following day to conduct approximately two days of familiarisation training for new crew members. The vessel will return briefly to Fremantle today to complete resupply before departing for the search area this evening.  Fugro Discovery is expected to be back in the search area around 12 August.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct search operations in the southern Indian Ocean, and is expected to depart the search area tomorrow, 6 August. The vessel will arrive in Fremantle around 12 August for routine resupply before returning to the search area.

Regular port and resupply visits are a necessary part of vessel maintenance and crew well-being. The crossover of ships was anticipated and is part of the ongoing search plan.

Aircraft wreckage found on La Réunion

The Malaysian authorities, who are responsible for investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, have determined that the aircraft component retrieved from La Réunion is a flaperon from a Boeing 777 aircraft. Work is still being undertaken by the Malaysian and French authorities to establish whether the flaperon originated from MH370. An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigator will join the international team which will examine the flaperon in Toulouse, France.
 
Underwater search

As announced in April, the search area has been expanded beyond an original 60,000 square kilometre search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometres to be searched if required.

Search plans were revised in April to ensure that the area can be searched as quickly and effectively as possible. The Fugro vessels have undergone winterisation to enable continuous search operations over the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority and vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

Close to 60,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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« Reply #711 on: August 06, 2015, 08:43:35 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/06/world/mh370-investigation/
MH370: For families, 100% certainty on plane debris still elusive
August 6, 2015

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« Reply #712 on: August 06, 2015, 08:48:22 AM »


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« Reply #713 on: August 06, 2015, 08:53:29 AM »

My heart goes out to all of the family and friends of those that were on flight MH370.  I can't blame them one iota for wanting 100% confirmation if the flaperon was from the 777, flight MH370. 
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« Reply #714 on: August 06, 2015, 12:04:27 PM »

http://www.fox4news.com/story/29721151/brother-of-n-tx-man-aboard-mh370-hopes-for-more-answers
Brother of N. TX man aboard MH370 hopes for more answers
August 5, 2015

Officials have confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island last week is from Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.
   
The part washed ashore on Reunion Island, near Madagascar.
   
A North Texas man, Philip Wood, was one of the 239 on board.

His family says the new developments bring some relief, but still more questions.

“It's hard to find the words for what you're feeling and what you want to say,” said Tom Wood, Philip’s brother.

Tom says he has to keep his emotions in check.

“I haven't said goodbye as much as other people maybe have,” he said. “It doesn't mean I have some delusion he's going to walk through the door, but at the same time, until I get some information, my door is not as closed as others.”

Philip had been living in Asia, working there on assignment for IBM.

His two adult children still live in Texas, along with Wood's parents, who live in Keller.

They're in contact with Malaysia Airlines through email updates and have suffered through nearly a year and half of false leads and rumors.
 
“Until we have more, all we have is a piece of a wing,” said Tom Wood. “It could mean a lot of things, right?”

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Plane window recovered from Reunion Island, Malaysian transport minister says
Published August 06, 2015


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A Malaysian team has collected other plane debris including a window and some aluminum foil on Reunion Island near where a flaperon was found last week, Malaysia’s transport minister said on Thursday.

However, Liow Tiong Lai says he can’t confirm whether the debris belongs to Flight 370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board. “I can only ascertain that it’s plane debris.”

Liow told reporters “there are many items collected” from the Indian Ocean island where the wing part was found last week. The part was confirmed on Thursday to be from Flight 370.

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http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150812.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
12 August 2015


 
Key developments this week

On 29 July 2015 aircraft wreckage was found on La Réunion. Subsequent examination indicates that in all probability the wreckage, a wing part known as a flaperon, was from MH370. Any additional debris that is found will be examined to determine if it too can be linked to MH370.

Fugro Discovery has arrived in the search area. Weather conditions slowed its transit, and the vessel arrived back in the search area last night and commenced operations earlier today.

Fugro Equator arrived in Fremantle this morning for routine resupply and will depart for the search area tomorrow. The vessel is expected to be back in the search area around 19 August.

Regular port and resupply visits are a necessary part of vessel maintenance and crew well-being. The crossover of ships was anticipated and is part of the ongoing search plan.

Underwater search

As announced in April, the search area has been expanded beyond an original 60,000 square kilometre search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometres to be searched if required.

Search plans were revised in April to ensure that the area can be searched as quickly and effectively as possible. The Fugro vessels have undergone winterisation to enable continuous search operations over the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority and vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 60,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150819.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
19 August 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery arrived in the search area on 12 August and continues to conduct search operations. The vessel's next resupply visit to port is scheduled for mid-September.

Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area today and recommenced search operations.

The French led investigation team examining the flaperon has concluded the first phase of inspection work. French authorities will, in consultation with Malaysia, report on progress in due course. The French investigation team is working as quickly as possible in order to provide complete and reliable information.

It is proposed that officials from Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China will meet in Canberra in early September. Such meetings allow for information to be shared between all three countries as well as discussion of search operations. This meeting will particularly focus on planning to ensure the search is conducted as efficiently as possible, taking advantage of expected better weather with the onset of summer.

Underwater search

As announced in April, the search area has been expanded beyond an original 60,000 square kilometre search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometres to be searched if required.

Search plans were revised in April to ensure that the area can be searched as quickly and effectively as possible. The Fugro vessels have undergone winterisation to enable continuous search operations over the winter and autumn months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority and vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 60,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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« Reply #718 on: August 27, 2015, 09:28:14 PM »

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-searchers-to-get-new-sonar-equipment-1.3204158

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 searchers to get new sonar equipment
The Associated Press Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:56 AM ET| Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015 8:56 AM ET

The deep-sea hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner will likely include cutting-edge sonar equipment when it ramps up again in October after the stormy southern hemisphere winter has passed, the Australian head of the search team said Wednesday.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which oversees the recovery operation on Malaysia's behalf, has been criticized by some deep-sea salvage experts for not choosing synthetic aperture sonar, or SAS, from the outset of the hunt for Flight 370 that began far off the west Australian coast in October last year.

With the standard side-scan sonar that has been used to scour half the search area so far, the sonar image of a seabed feature becomes less clear the farther it is away. With SAS, the sonar image remains sharp regardless of distance.

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Martin Dolan, the bureau's chief commissioner, said negotiations are underway to hire SAS equipment to add to a fourth ship that would join the search in the coming months, with the aim of combing the entire 120,000-square kilometre search area in the Indian Ocean by the middle of next year.

Only two ships have continued the search through the harsh winter months using standard side-scan sonar
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"Our preference would be to get synthetic if we can, but we can make use of conventional side-scan," Dolan said.

"The advantage of synthetic is that you can get greater resolution, so it helps in those areas that require closer examination," he said.
 
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« Reply #719 on: August 27, 2015, 09:33:14 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150826.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
26 August 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery continues to conduct search operations. The vessel's next resupply visit to port is scheduled for mid-September.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct search operations. The vessel's next resupply visit to port is scheduled for late September.

Underwater search

As announced in April, the search area has been expanded beyond an original 60,000 square kilometre search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometres to be searched if required.

Search plans were revised in April to ensure that the area can be searched as quickly and effectively as possible. The Fugro vessels have undergone winterisation to enable continuous search operations over the winter and autumn months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority and vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 60,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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