News Articles with Category: Aircraft Search Malaysian FLT 370

MH370 searchers revisit ocean anomalies

November 14, 2016 - via The West Australian About 96 per cent of the search area has been probed using deep tow sonar but there some areas this technology cannot adequately penetrate. These areas are marked and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) currently carried by the Fugro Equator investigates those over a size determined by studies of underwater debris fields from previous aircraft accidents.

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MH370: Winter seas force search teams to halt AUV operation

May 6, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Rough seas have complicated the task of launching and retrieving the vehicle, says the co-ordination centre: “The decision has been made to suspend AUV operations in the search area during the winter months.”

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Australia to scale back MH370 search, area may be refined

May 6, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Over 75% of the seafloor in the existing search area has already been searched with clue found. Transport Ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia announced on April 16 that they would double the current search zone to 120,000 sq km to “cover the entire highest probability area identified by expert analysis” if no trace of the missing plane is found by late May

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The fate of MH370 is still a mystery, but search has discovered many underwater secrets

March 7, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Fugro's project director Paul Kennedy said the second, more detailed phase of search used side scanners mounted on an autonomous submarine and small underwater vehicles towed about 100 metres above the seafloor. Since November they have mapped about 40 per cent of the 30,000 square kilometre priority search area. "The autonomous vehicle is searching inside a volcano at the moment,"

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Simultaneous search for MH370

February 12, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The Fugro Supporter is equipped with a Kongsberg HUGIN 4500 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The AUV can turn, ascend and descend rapidly to maintain a constant altitude above the sea floor in areas of challenging bottom topography. The AUV is being used to search areas which are difficult or inefficient for the towed systems to search.

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Seismic Vessels Take On New Roles

January 28, 2015 - via Fugro The vessel is equipped with a Kongsberg HUGIN 4500 autonomous underwater vehicle, which will be used to scan those portions of the search area that cannot be searched effectively by the equipment on other vessels

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Fourth Ship to Join Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

January 12, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre "Fugro Supporter has been equipped with a Kongsberg HUGIN 4500 autonomous underwater vehicle," the statement said. "The AUV will be used to scan those portions of the search area that cannot be searched effectively by the equipment on other vessels."

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Fugro Equator Re-Commences Survey Work in Australia-led Search for MH370

September 25, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The ATSB 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.

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Dutch Firm Fugro Takes on Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

August 6, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Deep-Sea Sonar Expert Donald Hussong, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to Help Search with 2 Remus 6000 vehicles when the debris field is located.

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Underwater Drones Might Soon Map the Ocean Floor

July 11, 2014 - via Phoenix International It's not necessarily about searching for sunken treasure or lost cities, he says — it's just about knowing what's down there.

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Phoenix Artemis AUV Completes Initial Operations in the Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

July 1, 2014 - via Phoenix International Artemis recorded over 370 hours of in-water time and searched approximately 870 square kilometers (over 250 square miles) of the bottom collecting important side scan sonar data.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Underwater Sound Examined, Likely From A ‘Small Earthquake;’ Private Contractors To Get 300 Days To Search For Missing Jet

June 4, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Tender documents outlining the first requirements for future search efforts, and stated that private contractors will have 300 days to complete the undersea search, while global experts have been given 26 days to finalize a plan to search the area.

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U.S. Navy Says Too Soon to Rule Out MH370 as Source of Pings

May 28, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The deep-sea search for the Boeing Co. (BA) 777-200 was called off for about three months yesterday so that investigators can assemble a more accurate map of the ocean floor in the region about 1,670 kilometers (1,000 miles) northwest of the Australian city of Perth.

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Joint Agency Coordination Centre Update on Search

May 28, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The next underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence (such as aircraft debris and flight recorders) to assist with the Malaysian investigation of the disappearance of MH370. It is anticipated that this component of the search will begin in August and take up to 12 months.

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No Trace of Flight 370 as Deep-Sea Search Halted Again

May 27, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Australia, in consultation with Malaysia, is willing to engage one or more commercial companies to undertake the next stage of the probe, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told an April 28 media conference. Searching the 60,000 square kilometer zone with a submersible will take up to 12 months, the ATSB said.

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Private contractor to lead search for MH370, says report

May 26, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Te successful bidder in the two-month long tender process will be put in charge of building a team of ships, crew and technology to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines-owned plane.

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Hunt for MH370 to be tendered to private contractors

May 26, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The tender documents will outline basic information, including the area to be explored, the fee and the time frame for the search. It was up to the private contractors to devise their own strategies to find the plane.

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Bluefin 21, Chinese survey ship start search mission: JACC

May 22, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Bluefin-21 will search the remaining areas over the next week in the vicinity of the acoustic signals detected in early April by the Towed Pinger Locator deployed from Ocean Shield that are within its depth operating limits

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Damaged underwater vehicle for MH370 hunt reaches port

May 19, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre It was agreed that the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen will conduct the bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau

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Tech troubles hinder MH370 underwater search

May 14, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was deployed from Ocean Shield yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon but was recovered about two hours later to investigate communications problems,"

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Broken parts to delay Flight 370 search for days

May 14, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The Bluefin-21 and the transponder were damaged this week when the vehicle was being hoisted onto the deck of the Australian vessel Ocean Shield. The vehicle struck the navigation transponder, which extends over the side of the ship, said Michael Dean, the U.S. Navy's deputy director of ocean engineering.

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Malaysia Airlines missing plane search setback: Pings not from black boxes

May 13, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Searchers now believe that the two signals picked up on April 8 were not from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The frequency, they believe, is too low.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Doubts Raised Over Some Pings Thought to Be From Plane

May 12, 2014 - via Wall Street Journal Searchers Focus on April 5 Signals as Confidence Fades Over April 8 Detections

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Sub set to relaunch underwater quest for MH370

May 10, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre 

Officials have scaled back the air and sea searches, and have said that an intensified undersea mission will begin once new, more sophisticated equipment can be obtained to search at depths of more than 4 500m.



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Search for Malaysian plane heads to site of first 'ping'

May 10, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The focus is shifting to the area where the first, and longer, signal was detected the same day

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Plane Searchers Seek More Advanced Submarines in New Phase (1)

May 5, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre The operation is “entering a new phase that will now be focused on intensifying the search of the ocean floor over a larger area

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Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane's Search Area To Be Expanded

April 28, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Crews will now begin searching the plane's entire probable impact zone, an area 700 kilometers (430 miles) long and 80 kilometers (50 miles) wide, Abbott said.

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MH370 search area to widen as debris eludes submarine

April 25, 2014 - via Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre Widening the seabed area will be the next phase in the search

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Searchers face tough choices in hunt for MH370

April 24, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre Searchers for missing Flight MH370 face tough choices on how to proceed after almost seven fruitless weeks, with only a fraction of a deep-sea zone still left to be scanned.

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Australia flags deeper search for MH370

April 23, 2014 - via Associated Press The next phase, I think, is that we step up with potentially a more powerful, more capable side-scan sonar to do deeper water,”

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MH370: Submarine drone search for Malaysian plane to continue

April 22, 2014 - via Reuters "The search will continue. We are currently consulting very closely with our international partners on the best way to effect this for the future."

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Mini sub dives to record depths in search for MH 370

April 18, 2014 - via Associated Press The sub has not revealed any interesting data so far

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Oceanic salvage manager: How we search for Flight 370

April 18, 2014 - via Phoenix International We are confident that, once the wreckage is found, we will succeed in the task of recovering the black boxes from Flight 370.

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Finding the black box remains challenging

April 17, 2014 - via CNTV The bluefin 21 will painstakingly map the uncharted seabed of the massive search area and the investigators and the families of the passengers are hoping that flight MH 370 is not forever lost in the bottom of the Indian ocean.

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Can an Unmanned Mini Yellow Submarine Find Missing Flight 370?

April 16, 2014 - via National Geographics The undersea search could take two months. Or longer.

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Undersea drone hunt for Malaysian plane may take two months

April 15, 2014 - via Reuters The AUV takes six times longer to cover the same area as the towed pinger locator. It is estimated that it will take the AUV anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire search area

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Sub Capable of Deeper Dives in Hunt for Malaysian Plane

April 15, 2014 - via Bloomberg News The device is designed to withstand greater depths and the 4,500-meter limit is conservative. Adjusting the software protections would allow it to go beyond that threshold

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MH370 search to shift focus to underwater scan

April 14, 2014 - via The Guardian In absence of black box detections, autonomous underwater vehicle Blue Fin 21 will be deployed to scan sea floor

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Underwater search 'more difficult'

April 9, 2014 - via New Straits Times The aircraft investigation expert said the next course of action available for the search solely depended on submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles, better known as AUVs, which have the capability to look for objects underwater

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Flight MH370: Drone to be deployed as more signals recorded

April 9, 2014 - via Institution of Engineering and Technology Once the search area is scaled down, the Bluefin-21 will be sent down to map it in detail. In case signs of wreckage are spotted, the vehicle will try to capture a photograph. However, assembling the mosaic of thousands of high-definition photos in the undersea gloom can be a long and frustrating task.

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Torpedo-shaped robot joins search for missing Malaysian flight

April 9, 2014 - via Bluefin Robotics The Bluefin-21, an autonomous swimming robot, will be dropped 2.5 miles below ocean surface for the hunt

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Search for Malaysian aircraft turns to underwater robot

April 8, 2014 - via Bluefin Robotics Rescuers will be using the robot’s side scan sonar and digital imaging capabilities to survey the ocean floor for signs of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

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Navy gear detects prolonged pings in search for missing plane

April 7, 2014 - via Stars and Stripes Commodore Peter Leavy of the Royal Australian Navy said if the Ocean Shield crew detects the signal a third time, “that will be the trigger to launch the underwater vehicle with the sonar” to explore for wreckage.

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Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs.

April 2, 2014 - via Associated Press But if investigators can zero in on an approximate crash location, they will likely turn to AUVs to begin the methodical task of tracking back and forth across miles of ocean floor in search of anomalies that might be wreckage.

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MH370 crash: Deep-sea search tools ready for deployment

March 30, 2014 - via An inventory of high technology devices have been staged to search for the undersea crash site.

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Pentagon’s Growing Fleet Of Underwater Drones Could Find Missing Airline

March 26, 2014 - via The Complex The U.S. military has a growing array of robots, drones and other gadgetry that could help if called upon, and the Pentagon is investing even more money underseas in the future.

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Local marine robotics technology spotlighted amid search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

March 26, 2014 - via Herald News Two of the vessels that will be deployed were built by Hydroid Inc. of Pocasset and Quincy-based Bluefin Robotics Inc

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Can Mass. ocean robots help find missing Malaysian jet?

March 25, 2014 - via Boston Globe Can they help solve the mystery of the missing Malaysian airliner?

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Salvage of MH370 extremely difficult, academics say

March 25, 2014 - via University Teknologi Malaysia Dr Mohd said the most important thing to do now was to narrow the search area to locate the wreckage or the black box.

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U.S. Navy Sends Underwater Sonar Robot in Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner

March 24, 2014 - via U S Navy The torpedo shaped AUV can operate almost up to three miles underneath the waves and is equipped with a variety of sonar and cameras that could possibly detect debris at the depths of the ocean floor and transmit locations to nearby motherships on the surface.

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Malaysia Airlines: World's only three Abyss submarines readied for plane search

March 23, 2014 - via Helmholtz Institute Germany and the United States are readying their unmanned "Abyss" submarines to help search the deep seas for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

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