Teledyne Gavia AUV to Aid in Search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501

January 5, 2015 - via Teledyne Gavia

NORTH FALMOUTH, MASS. – January 5, 2015 – The Teledyne Marine Systems group, leading providers of undersea vehicles and subsea infrastructure, announced today that its Teledyne Gavia AUV will be aiding in the search for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea.

PT Java Offshore, a key customer of Teledyne Gavia, in coordination with Balai Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT), will use their Teledyne Gavia AUV to survey the area likely to contain the plane’s debris field.  Teledyne Gavia has provided a Field Service Technician to support vehicle operations along with an advanced control module with survey grade side scan sonar, an advanced navigation module, and other vital hardware for the mission.

Personnel from Java Offshore and Teledyne Gavia arrived in Pangkalan Bun today in anticipation of a nine to ten hour sail aboard a Coast Guard vessel on Tuesday, January 6th to the priority search area in the Java Sea. Search efforts have been underway for several days to locate the airplane’s debris field, recover the passengers from the flight, and locate the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder.  Although the plane is suspected to have crashed in relatively shallow water, poor weather conditions in the area have hampered search efforts.

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