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« Reply #780 on: April 04, 2016, 11:12:27 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-idUSKCN0X001Y

Sun Apr 3, 2016 1:19am EDT
Debris found in Mauritius to be examined by MH370 investigators

Australia said that a piece of suspected aeroplane debris found east of Africa on a Mauritian island will be examined to see if it is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing two years ago in one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

A hotel owner on the island who saw the debris said it looked like it was from the inside of a plane, with what he thought was a wallpaper "design", which if confirmed, would be the first piece of interior debris from the plane yet to be found.

Australia has led the search for the plane, which went missing in March 2014 with 239 people on board on a flight from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing, and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the debris, found last week, was an "item of interest".
 

A photo of the debris is at the following link:

http://wgntv.com/2016/04/03/possible-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-cabin-part-found/
Possible missing Malaysia Airlines flight cabin part found
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« Reply #781 on: April 06, 2016, 08:54:09 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160406.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
06 April 2016


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery departed the search area on 30 March and arrived in Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit on 5 April. The vessel is departing today, returning to the search area.

Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area on 30 March and is engaged in underwater search operations.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 is at Fremantle where Phoenix International's Remora III remote operated vehicle (ROV) is being mobilised. The ROV will be used in the recovery of the lost SLH-ProSAS-60 towfish.

Possible aircraft debris has been found on the island of Rodrigues in Mauritius. The Malaysian Government is working with officials from Mauritius to seek to take custody of the debris and arrange for its examination.

Underwater search operations

Weather may continue to impact on search operations but generally more favourable conditions are being experienced.

More than 95,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.
 
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« Reply #782 on: April 08, 2016, 08:22:07 PM »

Thank you for continuing to update us on the search for Flight MH370, grace-land. 
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« Reply #783 on: April 12, 2016, 10:48:53 PM »

Thank you for continuing to update us on the search for Flight MH370, grace-land. 

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« Reply #784 on: April 12, 2016, 11:06:38 PM »

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/12/why-is-the-search-for-mh370-debris-being-left-to-amateurs.html

04.12.16 12:00 AM ET
Why Is the Search for MH370 Debris Being Left to Amateurs?

 
The Daily Beast asked a spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Board, ATSB, which leads both the underwater search and the inspection of debris, whether in view of the value of even the smallest piece of debris once that it is established that it is from Flight MH370, it is not time for a more systematic search to be made of the coastlines where the highest likelihood exists of finding debris.

He declined to reply and recommended that the question should be put to the Malaysian authorities in charge of the investigation in Kula Lumpur. This was done, but following a familiar pattern, the Malaysians did not respond to several requests for a reply.

After the discovery of the flaperon on La Reunion there was a short and perfunctory search by airplanes and helicopters of surrounding coastlines but it turned up nothing.

All of the debris has so far been found by a combination of amateur sleuthing, beachcombers and observation by people on vacation.

The ATSB has told the Daily Beast that the current undersea search will have cost as much as $180 million at its conclusion. Australia committed $60 million, China committed $20 million in assets and finance and the balance, in both assets and finance, came from Malaysia.

Experts I have spoken to argue that if only a small fraction of the money and resources devoted to the undersea search were devoted to a more systematic search of the coastlines where more debris almost certainly remains undiscovered it would surely be justified.

That said, finding the main body of the wreckage, and particularly the flight data recorders, remains by far the most important part of the search, and the only hope of ever really explaining what happened to create the greatest mystery in modern aviation history.

Of the 48, 263 square miles of the total undersea search area, 9,600 square miles remains to be searched—that is an area more or less exactly the size of Vermont. In February the ATSB said that they anticipated that the search will be completed by June.

“In the absence of credible new information leading to a specific location of the aircraft there will be no further expansion of the search area,” they said.
 
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« Reply #785 on: April 13, 2016, 04:34:57 PM »

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2016/April/dc041_2016.aspx

Chinese vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101 prepares to resume search

Media Release
DC041/2016
08 April 2016


Today I met with Chinese Consular General, Mr Lei Kezhong, onboard Dong Hai Jiu 101, which is the vessel provided by the People's Republic of China to join the search operations for MH370.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I thanked the Chinese Government for its contribution and the captain and crew for their efforts in the search for MH370.

The ship will embark on a mission in the next few days to recover the SLH-ProSAS-60 towfish which detached from the vessel during its previous search effort.

A remotely operated vehicle is currently being readied onboard and will be used to recover the towfish.
 
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« Reply #786 on: April 13, 2016, 04:40:23 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/malaysia-airlines-mh370-searchers-lose-2nd-sonar-device-3-months-n555191

Malaysia Airlines MH370 Searchers Lose 2nd Sonar Device in 3 Months
Apr 13 2016, 5:57 am ET

Trying to find a needle in a haystack while battling some of the roughest seas in the world, experts hunting for traces of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are already facing a daunting task.

Their mission just got harder after they managed to lose a state-of-the-art piece of equipment — for the second time.

The search operation revealed details Wednesday of how it came to lose its second "towfish," an underwater sonar device dragged behind ships that scans the seabed for debris.

The yellow, torpedo-shaped unit was attached to an 1,800-pound weight to keep it floating from the surface when "the failure of a tow cable connector resulted in the loss of the … towfish and the attached depressor," the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in statement.

With the towfish likely thousands of feet down on the seabed, a remote-controlled submersible was flown in from the United States and dispatched aboard a ship from Australia on Monday, the JACC said.

Related: MH370 Search Will End This Summer, Official Says

It was the second time a towfish has been lost by the MH370 operation in less than three months.

In January, one of the devices was temporarily lost after it crashed into a 7,400-foot underwater volcano before being recovered around a week later.
 
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« Reply #787 on: April 13, 2016, 04:49:48 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160413.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
13 April 2016


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery arrived back in the search area on 12 April after a scheduled port visit to Fremantle. The vessel has resumed underwater search operations.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct underwater search operations.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 departed for the search area on 11 April, carrying Phoenix International's Remora III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV will be used in the recovery of the lost SLH-ProSAS-60 tow system.

Search and recovery of the lost towfish

On 21 March, the failure of a tow cable connector resulted in the loss of the SLH-ProSAS-60 towfish and the attached depressor. The two items were connected by 50 metres of synthetic tow rope. The torpedo-shaped depressor weighs up to 800 kilograms and acts to keep the slightly positively-buoyant towfish at the right depth as it is towed through the water.

Phoenix International's Remora III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) was flown in from the United States of America and mobilised on the Dong Hai Jiu 101 for use in the location and recovery of the lost towfish and depressor. The Remora III has been used in other recovery operations, including Air France Flight 447. It has a maximum operating depth of 6,000 metres and is equipped with a sonar which will be used to detect the towfish and depressor. The ROV is also equipped with tools such as cutters, grabs and manipulators that will be used in the recovery of the missing equipment.



 
Underwater search operations

Weather may continue to impact on search operations but generally more favourable conditions are being experienced.

More than 100,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far. 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 #788 on: April 19, 2016, 08:34:23 PM »

Photo at the link

http://www.ktvb.com/news/nation-now/debris-almost-certainly-from-missing-malaysia-flight-370/143570930

Debris 'almost certainly' from missing Malaysia flight 370
KTVB 5:13 PM. MST April 19, 2016

Two pieces of debris found in the western Indian Ocean “almost certainly” came from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared two years ago, investigators with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said Tuesday.

Investigators found the pieces about 135 miles apart on the coast of Mozambique, thousands of miles from the suspected crash site, which is about 1,000 miles west of Australia.
 
Stenciling on the parts matched not just a Boeing 777, but the specific plane registered for the flight, according to investigators. The stenciling on the part from the right wing said 676EB in the font and coloring that Malaysia Airlines used on its planes, rather than slightly narrower Boeing stencil. The part had been repainted, which is consistent with maintenance records for the missing plane.

Likewise, “NO STEP” was stenciled in black on the part from a horizontal stabilizer on the tail in a slightly narrower font than the standard Boeing stencil.

In both cases, investigators said the part “almost certainly” came from the missing plane. In addition, a single fastener was found in the part that is no longer in production. But the fastener matched those used during the production of the missing plane, investigators said
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Australia, Malaysia and China have searched 62,000 square miles of ocean floor, an area larger than Georgia, and plan to search a remaining 12,000 square miles, about the size of Maryland, by mid-year.

After that, the governments have agreed not to expand the search area if nothing is found.
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« Reply #789 on: April 19, 2016, 08:40:20 PM »

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2016/April/dc053_2016.aspx

Technical Report Released and Towfish Found

Media Release
DC053/2016
20 April 2016


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released the Technical Examination Report on the two items of debris found in Mozambique.
The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the report pointed to both pieces being from the wing of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

“I welcome the Technical Examination Report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirming the debris almost certainly originated from MH370,” Mr Chester said.

“Stencilling on both parts of debris provided investigators with evidence of the link. The font and colour of a number stencilled on the first part conforms to that developed and used by Malaysian Airlines.

“The second part contained the words ‘No Step’ with stencilling consistent with that used by Malaysian Airlines and a fastener attached to the part provided evidence linking the part to the aircraft's production line.

“I thank the team from ATSB, Geoscience Australia, Boeing and the Australian National University for their work.”

The search for the missing aircraft continues in the final 20,000 square kilometres.

The Chinese vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101involved in the search is set to be re-deployed to the area after the recovery of sonar equipment lost during the search.

“On 21 March the failure of a tow cable connector resulted in the loss of the ProSAS towfish from Dong Hai Jiu 101,” Mr Chester said.

“I am pleased to advise that both the towfish and its accompanying depressor have been successfully recovered from the floor of the ocean.
 
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« Reply #790 on: April 20, 2016, 09:32:13 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160420.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
20 April 2016


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery continues to conduct underwater search operations.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct underwater search operations.

On 16 April, Dong Hai Jiu 101 deployed Phoenix International’s Remora III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) and located the lost SLH‑ProSAS‑60 deep tow system.  Recovery operations were successful and the towfish and depressor were recovered on 18 April.
 
Search and recovery of the lost towfish

On 16 April, Dong Hai Jiu 101 arrived at the last position of the lost SLH‑ProSAS‑60 deep tow system (towfish) and successfully launched the Remora III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV).  When the ROV arrived on the seafloor, the lost towfish was almost immediately located using the ROV’s sonar and video systems.  The towfish was found to be in good condition and floating above the seafloor, still tethered to the depressor weight at a depth of around 3,700 metres.  The depressor weight was found to be nose-down and partly buried in sediment.
 
Examination of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island

Two items of possible MH370 debris (the piece found in South Africa with the Rolls Royce logo and the piece found at Rodrigues Island) were brought to the Australian Transport Saftey Bureau (ATSB) laboratories on Wednesday 13 April. These pieces of debris are being examined in a similar manner to the items that were found in Mozambique.

Investigators from the ATSB and the Malaysian Annex 13 investigation team are examining the pieces to determine if they originated from a Boeing 777, and in particular for any details which might link the debris with MH370.

A summary of findings will be released once the examinations are completed.

Underwater search operations

More than 100,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.  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 #791 on: April 27, 2016, 09:39:27 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160427.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
27 April 2016


 
Key developments this week

Rough weather conditions over the weekendresulted in Fugro Discovery suspending search operations for a short period, but the vessel has since resumed underwater search operations. The vessel will be departing the search area around 13 May for a scheduled resupply visit to Fremantle.

Fugro Equator continues to conduct underwater search operations. The vessel will be departing the search area around 28 April for a scheduled resupply visit to Fremantle.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 is alongside in Fremantle port while the recovered SLH‑ProSAS‑60 deep tow system is checked and tested.

Underwater search operations

More than 100,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far. 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 #792 on: May 04, 2016, 06:05:47 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160504.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
04 May 2016


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discovery experienced problems with its deep-tow side scan sonar on 1 May, requiring the equipment to be reset. As this created a gap in the data, the vessel turned and transited back to the point at which the signal had begun to degrade before re-running the line to ensure complete coverage of the area. Search operations are continuing.

Fugro Equator departed the search area on 29 April, and is en route to Fremantle to conduct a scheduled resupply visit.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 will shortly depart Fremantle port and proceeded to the calibration range to test the recovered SLH-ProSAS-60 deep tow system. Once testing is complete, the vessel will return to Fremantle for supplies, before departing for the search area.

Underwater search operations

More than 105,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far. 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.

Consistent with the undertaking given by the Governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China in April last year, 120,000 square kilometres will be thoroughly searched. It is anticipated this will be completed around the middle of the year. In the absence of credible new information that leads to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, Governments have agreed that there will be no further expansion of the search area.
 
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« Reply #793 on: May 12, 2016, 02:40:06 PM »

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-12/debris-near-south-africa-likely-from-malaysian-airliner
Debris Near South Africa Likely From MH370
This brings the total number of pieces of debris found to five.

May 12, 2016

Debris recently found in South Africa and on Rodrigues Island, Mauritius is "almost certainly" from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 that famously disappeared two years ago, according to Malaysia's transport minister.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777, disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, capturing global attention. Its whereabouts is still unknown.

The finding brings the total pieces of debris found to five.

An international team operating out of Australia reviewed the pieces.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the two new parts were an engine piece with a partial Rolls-Royce logo and an interior panel piece from an aircraft cabin.

Lai added, "The team has confirmed that both pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370."

All five pieces have been found in various places in the Indian Ocean. In March, investigators found two pieces near Mozambique, on Africa's east coast across from Madagascar.
 

A search that has combed 40,000 square miles in the area so far has found nothing, however.
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« Reply #794 on: May 12, 2016, 07:02:25 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160511.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
11 May 2016


 
Key developments this week

Poor weather conditions prompted the crew of Fugro Discovery to recover the deeptow vehicle and go to weather avoidance on 8 May. The vessel is expected to depart for Fremantle later today.

Fugro Equator departed Fremantle for the search area on 6 May but poor weather has slowed transit to the search area. The vessel is anticipated to arrive on 11 May but weather conditions in the coming days are expected to preclude search operations.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 completed testing of the SLH-ProSAS-60 deep tow system and departed for the search area on 10 May.

Underwater search operations

More than 105,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far. 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.
 
Weather

Winter weather has set in, with wave heights in the search area expected to peak at 12 metres and winds of up to 50 knots. Search operations are likely to be disrupted, but will resume as weather permits.
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« Reply #795 on: May 12, 2016, 07:08:51 PM »

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2016/May/dc072_2016.aspx

Media Release
DC072/2016
12 May 2016

Confirmation further debris from MH370


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has today released a Technical Examination Report into the findings of the examination of debris recovered from beaches in South Africa and Mauritius.

The two pieces of debris—designated in the report as Part Numbers 3 and 4—were initially examined at the Geoscience Australia facility for the presence of marine ecology and remnants of biological material prior to examination by the ATSB.

Part Number 3 found in South Africa has been confirmed as a segment from an engine cowling. It was identified by the Rolls Royce stencil, which was found to be consistent with that developed and used by Malaysian Airlines.

Part Number 4 found in Mauritius in April has been identified as an interior panel from the main cabin. It was found to be consistent with the decorative laminate of a work table used at the forward right hand door on Malaysian Boeing 777s
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More than 105,000 square kilometres of the 120,000 square kilometre search zone in the southern Indian Ocean has been searched.

"The Australia Government will continue to work closely with the Malaysian Government and the People's Republic of China in our efforts to locate the missing aircraft," Mr Chester said.

"We remain hopeful the aircraft will be found," he said.
 
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« Reply #796 on: May 13, 2016, 11:14:14 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/malaysia-search-area-flight-370-shift-39084753

Malaysia Says Search Area for Flight 370 Will Not Shift
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·KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — May 13, 2016, 4:11 AM ET

Malaysia said Friday the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will not be shifted after the discoveries of five pieces of debris in the western Indian Ocean.

The government this week had confirmed the last two pieces, found in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius, are "almost certainly" from the Boeing 777 that disappeared mysteriously more than two years ago.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the discoveries aligned with the modeling pattern established by experts of where debris would drift from a crash in the southern Indian Ocean. He said the 120,000 square kilometers search area, west of Australia, will be completed before authorities decide whether to further extend the hunt.

"We won't shift the search area. From the debris found, it actually confirms that our search area is the right area looking at the drift pattern," Liow said.

The area is the "most probable" crash site and authorities have so far covered more than 105,000 square kilometers, he said.
 
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« Reply #797 on: May 16, 2016, 07:02:03 PM »

thank you for these continued updates, grace-land.

 
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« Reply #798 on: May 17, 2016, 08:31:39 PM »

thank you for these continued updates, grace-land.

 


 
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« Reply #799 on: May 17, 2016, 08:37:33 PM »

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-17/mh370-search-to-be-called-off-as-soon-as-july/7420420

MH370: Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane may be called off as soon as July
Updated yesterday at 11:27pm

The man in charge of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has confirmed the underwater hunt off the West Australian coast will be called off as soon as July, unless significant new evidence emerges.
 
The chief of the Transport Safety Bureau, Martin Dolan, said the Government had commissioned a search covering 120,000 square kilometres and they had about 15,000 square kilometres left to go.

"We are at the point of the search where we have to contemplate the possibility that we won't find it."

Mr Dolon said that they could only do what the Government gave them the resources to do.

He said he understood the families would be upset and disappointed, "that the closure that would have been associated with finding the aircraft may not occur".

Mr Dolon said it was a matter of probability, and not certainty, that the aircraft would be found in the area they were searching.

"We consider that based on the best advice and analyses from the experts that this was a very high priority search area," he said.

Mr Dolon said tthere was not much information to be found in the five bits of wreckage already found.

"It's very hard to determine from them much about what's happened to the aircraft at the end of its flight," he said.

He added that if they manage to complete the search in the defined area without locating the aircraft, then they will know that the aircraft was not in that area.
 
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