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« Reply #720 on: September 02, 2015, 09:16:25 PM »

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 #721 on: September 02, 2015, 09:22:11 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150902.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
02 September 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.

Rough sea conditions during the last week hampered the search, with both vessels suspending operation for over 40 hours. Search operations have resumed.

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 the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the 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 #722 on: September 03, 2015, 07:43:28 PM »

Good news...now let's find the plane!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-flaperon-reunion.html?_r=0

Analysis Confirms Plane Debris Came From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
By NICOLA CLARKSEPT. 3, 2015

PARIS — French prosecutors said on Thursday that further analysis of a piece of an airplane wing that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island had allowed investigators here to determine “with certitude” that it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

Investigators examining the debris, which was found on the French island of Réunion in July, said that a serial number inside the wing piece corresponded with records of the Spanish company that supplied the piece to Boeing, which built the plane, a 777, in 2002.

Experts from Boeing and the United States National Transportation Safety Board had previously determined that the wing piece, known as a flaperon, was from a Boeing 777. But an initial examination in August failed to find any unique identifying numbers to establish an irrefutable connection to the missing plane.

In a statement, the Paris prosecutor’s office said that technicians from France and Spain identified three serial numbers from inside the flaperon by using an endoscope — a flexible tube with a light and camera on its end — and matched one of them with the manufacturer’s records.
 

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« Reply #723 on: September 07, 2015, 07:14:14 PM »

Good news...now let's find the plane!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-flaperon-reunion.html?_r=0

Analysis Confirms Plane Debris Came From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
By NICOLA CLARKSEPT. 3, 2015

PARIS — French prosecutors said on Thursday that further analysis of a piece of an airplane wing that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island had allowed investigators here to determine “with certitude” that it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

Investigators examining the debris, which was found on the French island of Réunion in July, said that a serial number inside the wing piece corresponded with records of the Spanish company that supplied the piece to Boeing, which built the plane, a 777, in 2002.

Experts from Boeing and the United States National Transportation Safety Board had previously determined that the wing piece, known as a flaperon, was from a Boeing 777. But an initial examination in August failed to find any unique identifying numbers to establish an irrefutable connection to the missing plane.

In a statement, the Paris prosecutor’s office said that technicians from France and Spain identified three serial numbers from inside the flaperon by using an endoscope — a flexible tube with a light and camera on its end — and matched one of them with the manufacturer’s records.
 



I hope this will lead to the discovery of the plane. 
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« Reply #724 on: September 09, 2015, 10:08:04 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150909.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
09 September 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery is still in the search area, however weather conditions forced the vessel to suspend search operations on 4 September. The vessel is expected to depart the search area tomorrow to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.

Fugro Equator is still in the search area, however weather conditions forced the vessel to suspend deep-tow search operations on 2 September. Some bathymetric surveying is being conducted. The vessel's next resupply visit to port is scheduled for late September.

An MH370 officials' tripartite meeting was held in Canberra on 3–4 September 2015. Discussions at the meeting focused on planning to ensure the search for the aircraft continues to be conducted as efficiently as possible, taking advantage of expected better weather with the onset of summer. Chinese officials were, on this occasion, unable to attend but arrangements are in place to meet with them in coming weeks.

On 4 September 2015 French authorities confirmed that the flaperon found on La Réunion was from MH370. The finding of the debris on La Réunion is consistent with the current search area.
 
Drift analysis

The CSIRO has released a new article on MH370 drift analysis, Trajectories of Global Drifter Program drifters (www.marine.csiro.au/~griffin/MH370/).
 
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« Reply #725 on: September 17, 2015, 12:00:51 AM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150916.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
16 September 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery departed the search area on 10 September, travelling to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.  The vessel arrived in port on 15 September and is expected to depart for the search area this evening.

Fugro Equator has been able to resume search operations which had been suspended due to weather conditions. The vessel will depart the search area on 17 September and travel to Henderson for scheduled resupply.

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 the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the 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 #726 on: September 23, 2015, 11:03:42 PM »

http://www.ibtimes.com/mh370-update-search-vessel-resurvey-specific-sites-interest-after-flaperon-2109825

MH370 Update: Search Vessel To Resurvey Specific Sites Of Interest After Flaperon Confirmation
on September 23 2015 6:47 AM EDT

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on returning to more than 30 sites in the southern Indian Ocean where search vessels have previously made “sonar contacts of interest,” Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said Wednesday. The latest development in the search operation comes weeks after French prosecutors confirmed that a wing component found in July on Réunion Island came from the missing plane.

Fugro Discovery, which arrived back in the search area after a resupply trip, will survey sites where certain objects termed as "Classification 2," have been found by search vessels till date, JACC said. Classification 2 sonar contacts are described as ocean objects that are “of comparatively more interest” but “still unlikely” to be of significance importance to the search operation.

“The resurvey of Classification 2 contacts will be conducted using the deep-tow at lower altitude and using higher frequency sonar,” JACC said, in a statement. “The higher resolution data from this method will enable the search team to identify the relevance of such contacts without the need to await the arrival of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) which cannot be deployed until the weather improves in the summer months.”
 
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« Reply #727 on: September 23, 2015, 11:08:20 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20150923.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
23 September 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery arrived back in the search area on 21 September and recommenced search operations.

Fugro Equator arrived in Henderson this morning for scheduled resupply and maintenance. The vessel is anticipated to depart for the search area on 26 September.
 
Sonar contacts

During this swing Fugro Discovery will resurvey several Classification 2 contacts identified previously during the underwater search. More than thirty Classification 2 contacts have been identified to date.

The resurvey of Classification 2 contacts will be conducted using the deep-tow at lower altitude and using higher frequency sonar. The higher resolution data from this method will enable the search team to identify the relevance of such contacts without the need to await the arrival of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) which cannot be deployed until the weather improves in the summer months.

The search for MH370 is being conducted thoroughly and to a very high standard and it is important that contacts are comprehensively investigated and considered.

By way of background, there are three classifications for sonar contacts identified during the course of the underwater search:
Classification 3 is assigned to sonar contacts that are of some interest as they stand out from their surroundings but have low probability of being significant to the search;
Classification 2 sonar contacts are of comparatively more interest but are still unlikely to be significant to the search; and
Classification 1 sonar contacts are of high interest and warrant immediate further investigation.
 
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« Reply #728 on: October 01, 2015, 09:25:53 PM »

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http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151001.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
01 October 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery remains in the search area.  On 28 September, rough sea conditions obliged the vessel to halt search operations.

Fugro Equator departed Henderson on 28 September after conducting scheduled resupply and maintenance operations.  The vessel is anticipated to arrive at the search area on 3 October.
 
Sonar contacts

During the past week, Fugro Discovery resurveyed two sonar contacts identified previously during the underwater search.  A fact sheet containing further information about sonar contacts as well as image examples of each of the classifications is available on the website of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The resurvey of contacts was conducted with the deep-tow at lower altitude, shorter range scales, and using low / high frequency sonar.  The higher resolution data from this technique enables the search team to identify the relevance of such contacts to the search for MH370.

The resurvey by Fugro Discovery over the past week was able to assist in assessing these contacts as not related to the search for MH370.
 

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« Reply #729 on: October 07, 2015, 10:24:09 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151007.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
07 October 2015


 
Key developments this week

After a week of rough sea conditions that forced the vessel onto weather standby, Fugro Discovery was able to recommence search operations in the search area on 5 October.

Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area on 4 October, but sea conditions prevented the commencement of search operations until 5 October.

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 the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the 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 #730 on: October 14, 2015, 09:05:12 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151014.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
14 October 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator continue to conduct search operations in the southern Indian Ocean.

Reported aircraft wreckage in the Philippines

The JACC is aware of media reports that aircraft wreckage has been found on Sugbay Island in the Philippines. Philippine officials are investigating. However, given the remoteness of the island it may be several days before any formal advice is available.

At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the type of aircraft involved, nor whether this wreckage is related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
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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 the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the 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 #731 on: October 21, 2015, 10:43:30 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151021.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
21 October 2015


 
Key developments this week
Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator continue to conduct search operations in the southern Indian Ocean.
Fugro Discovery will depart the search area on 22 October, travelling to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.

Update on reported Philippine wreckage

Although the JACC is yet to receive official advice from Philippine authorities, at this point the claims of wreckage on Sugbay Island appear unsubstantiated
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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 the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 70,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.

The Search Strategy Working Group continues to review evidence associated with MH370 which may result in further refinement of, or prioritisation within, the search area.

In the event the aircraft is found and accessible, Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China have agreed to plans for recovery activities including securing all the evidence necessary for the accident investigation.
 
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« Reply #732 on: October 28, 2015, 10:34:55 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151028.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
28 October 2015


 
Key developments this week
Fugro Discovery departed the search area on 22 October, travelling to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.  It arrived on 27 October, and will be departing tomorrow.
Fugro Equator continues to conduct operations in the southern Indian Ocean.  The vessel is anticipated to depart the search area on 3 November, returning to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.

Update on reported Philippine wreckage

Malaysian and Philippine authorities have dismissed earlier reports of aircraft wreckage on Sugbay Island. No such wreckage has been found
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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 the area is searched as quickly and effectively as possible despite unfavourable weather conditions. Notwithstanding the onset of spring, weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to improve in the coming months.  The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 70,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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« Reply #733 on: November 04, 2015, 05:25:09 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151104.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
04 November 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery arrived back in the search area on 3 November, but sea conditions have prevented the launching of the towfish to undertake search activities. The towfish is expected to be launched during an anticipated window of fine weather within the next 24 hours.

Fugro Equator departed the search area on 3 November, for transit to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive around 9 November.

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.

Weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to be improved over the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 70,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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« Reply #734 on: November 12, 2015, 09:20:14 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151111.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
11 November 2015


 
Key developments this week

Following its unscheduled return to Fremantle, Fugro Discovery was resupplied before departing for the search area on 9 November. The ship is expected to arrive back in the search area around 14 November.

Fugro Equator arrived in Fremantle on 8 November for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel departed on 9 November, and is expected to arrive back in the search area around 14 November.

Update on Medical Evacuation

Fugro Discovery had arrived back in the search area on 3 November, but on 4 November a crew member became ill with suspected appendicitis. The doctor on Fugro Discovery attended the crew member and in consultation with onshore medical support, as well as the doctor on board Fugro Equator, the decision was taken to return to port so that further medical treatment could be provided. 

After recovering the deep tow search system from the ocean, the vessel made best speed for Fremantle, arriving in the evening of 9 November whereupon the crew member was transferred to hospital for further treatment.

The remoteness of the search area has been an ongoing challenge in the search for MH370. At the time the crew member became unwell, Fugro Discovery was more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Fremantle—well beyond the range of any land-based helicopter. The only viable option was to return to port. Other options such as transferring the crew member to Fugro Equator or an air-lifting operation once closer to land were considered, but the risks were judged as being too great.

This incident is a timely reminder of the difficult conditions in which crew members work. The vessels spend 42 days at sea between port calls in weather conditions which can be physically arduous and fatiguing for the crew. Some of the work performed can be hazardous, particularly handling the heavy deep tow search system on a ships's wet deck moving in a seaway.

The risk of a serious illness or injury on board a search vessel is a real possibility and for this reason the vessels have a doctor on board along with appropriate medical equipment and supplies.  The risk of a medical emergency is partly mitigated with regular health checks for the crew and a comprehensive system of safe working procedures, however incidents can and will occur.
 
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« Reply #735 on: November 12, 2015, 09:29:24 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/deal-at-united-nations-meeting-opens-way-for-satellite-tracking-of-jets/

CBS/AP/ November 11, 2015, 2:36 PM
Deal at U.N. meeting opens way for satellite tracking of jets

GENEVA -- A deal reached at a U.N. meeting on Wednesday opens the way for satellite tracking of airliners, a major breakthrough motivated by the mystery disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last year.

The agreement allows nations to set aside radio frequencies so that airplanes can be tracked by satellite -- not just from the ground.

As CBS News' Amanda Schupak reported in March, just as you lose cell phone service when you go from the city into the woods, ground control can lose track of planes as they venture over vast regions of the globe that lack radar towers, including the southern Indian Ocean, where it is believed MH370 went down.
 
Under current radar-based systems, the movement of planes is monitored by land-based systems, leaving around 70 percent of the world's surface uncovered, according to the International Telecommunications Union, the U.N. communications agency.

Modern planes that can send what are known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, signals to the ground are now on track to send signals to satellites too -- with implementation expected by 2017.
 

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« Reply #736 on: November 19, 2015, 09:47:13 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151118.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
18 November 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery arrived back in the search area on 14 November and recommenced search operations.

Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area on 15 November and undertook bathymetry work prior to launching the deep tow and recommencing search operations on 17 November.

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.

Weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to be improved over the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 70,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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« Reply #737 on: November 25, 2015, 09:32:05 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20151125.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
25 November 2015


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery is en route to Fremantle, evacuating an unwell crew member. The vessel is expected to arrive in port on Friday 27 November and conduct resupply before returning to the search area.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct bathymetry and underwater search operations in the search area.

A third search vessel, Havila Harmony is currently being mobilised with the Hugin 4500 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) search system at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, south of Fremantle.

Medical Evacuation

A crew member on the search vessel Fugro Discovery has fallen ill, suffering from severe pain. The vessel halted search operations on Saturday 21 November, recovering the towfish and commencing transit back to Fremantle. The full-time doctor on Fugro Discovery is attending to the crew member in consultation with onshore medical support.

The remoteness of the search area has been an ongoing challenge in the search for MH370. At the time the crew member became unwell, Fugro Discovery was approximately 2,800 kilometres from Fremantle—well beyond the range of any land-based helicopter. The only viable option was to return to port.
 
Underwater search operations

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.

Weather continues to impact on search operations but conditions are expected to be improved over the coming months. The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilised will vary to reflect operational needs.

More than 70,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.

Havila Harmony is a Fugro vessel and will have the Hugin 4500 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) on board. After calibration trials off the coast of Fremantle, the vessel is expected to depart for the search area on Saturday for an expected arrival date in the the search area of 3 December. The AUV will again be used to survey the most difficult portions of the search area that cannot be searched as effectively by the deep tow search systems on the other search vessels.
 
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« Reply #738 on: November 25, 2015, 09:38:42 PM »

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/world/Search-for-missing-airliner-to-move-south/shdaily.shtml

Search for missing airliner to move south
Source: AP | November 24, 2015, Tuesday

THE hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard, officials said yesterday.

The patch of deep ocean southwest of Australia that Captain Simon Hardy has determined is the most likely resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be searched through December, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is coordinating the search on Malaysia’s behalf, said.

But Australian authorities are not being guided by the experienced Boeing 777 pilot’s analysis. Martin Dolan, the bureau’s chief commissioner, said the search was moving farther south within a 120,000 square kilometer priority area because the southern hemisphere spring had made extreme conditions in the southern ocean calmer.
 
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« Reply #739 on: November 25, 2015, 09:49:06 PM »

It's so impressive that they are determined to find the plane.  Hoping that they will locate the plane in the new area and bring some measure of closure for the families.

http://www.ibtimes.com/flight-mh370-update-wreckage-will-be-found-within-weeks-boeing-pilot-says-vessel-2195755

Flight MH370 Update: Wreckage 'Will Be Found' Within Weeks, Boeing Pilot Says; Vessel Halts Search Over Crew’s Health
on November 23 2015 2:51 AM EST

The protracted search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will now focus on a specific region within the current search zone based on claims made by a British pilot who flies Boeing 777 planes. The multi-million dollar search for the plane, which went missing in March 2014, has dragged on for months without success.

Captain Simon Hardy's theory is reportedly based on an assumption that Flight MH370 made a controlled ditch into the sea. Hardy, a Boeing 777 pilot, first revealed his analysis in The Sunday Times in March when the search operation was focused on a region over 100 nautical miles from the crash site he identified. The plane, a Boeing 777-200, went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"I am fairly confident that wreckage will be found within the next four to eight weeks,” Hardy reportedly said Sunday. According to his theory, the plane's fuselage may be found intact though it may have drifted from the ditching point.

Hardy’s comments come as China’s Premier Li Keqiang offered to contribute $14.5 million to Australia, which is leading the search, in a bid to expand the search for the missing plane. Most of the passengers aboard the plane were Chinese nationals.
 
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