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Malaysia Airlines was struggling with growing losses, debt and a troubled business model well before the loss of two of its airplanes this year.
The operation, which is expected to begin in September and last as long as a year, will slowly scan some 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) of the ocean floor, looking for any sign of aircraft debris.
We are still ... working out the details of the techniques to be used, which will vary depending on the topography of the ocean floor," ATSB Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said Wednesday. "So there's a range of possibilities. We haven't gotten the full detail of our search plan because we have to do that on a collaborative basis with Fugro. So there's no simple answer."
Australia now estimates a yearlong underwater search will cost $48 million.
You'd think he would learn to keep his mouth shut until the official announcement, or at least pose any statements with far less certainty than he has in the past "egg-on-face" statements.
originally posted by: Psynic
Abbott still wearing egg on his face for twice previously announcing "substantive proof' had been found, is speaking with the surety of someone with an ace up their sleeve.
Why should floating debris have been recovered? They were looking in the wrong place while it was still floating. By the time they started looking in the right place, most had probably already sunk and with so many whitecaps in the rough seas of that area it's easier for any remaining floating debris to hide amongst the whitecaps.
Of course that would mean the plane will not be found intact which will raise the obvious question of why no floating debris was ever recovered.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
reply to post by Golantrevize
Both recorders are located in the aft fuselage near the tail.
The Bluefin 21 is only a sidescan search ROV. There is one in Japan that is capable of diving down deeper than this location that can recover any debris or the recorders, as well as several others that can be flown in.
Remains are usually brought back to the surface, and returned to the families if they're recoverable. Sometimes they'll leave them with the wreckage as a mass grave, but they'll let the families decide in many cases.
See this article:
originally posted by: zatara
would it not be possible for the US navy to sent a few submarines. I am sure they can scan the sea floor very quickly and able to find any plane if there is one.
They may have found it, but we'll have to wait and see if it's another false report.
For months now, ships have been mapping out tens of thousands of square miles at the bottom of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area more unknown to man than the surface of the moon. This has been the preparatory work to a search using submarines that will begin in earnest in October. It will be focused on a 40,000 square mile “priority area” and will last up to a year.
The predicted locations at 18:28 UTC and 19:41 UTC are 168 nm apart. For a plane flying at 480 knots, this would take 21 min. Therefore, there are 52 min of missing time.
The missing time implies that there were changes in speed and direction that occurred between 18:28 UTC and 19:41 UTC that were not explained in the ATSB report.
Thanks for the link. It says they made a "drift model", but who knows how accurate it is or what it's based on? Probably more currents than tides but I don't know how well the currents are understood in that remote area.
originally posted by: auroraaus
I'm no tidal expert - but the debris headed back in the direction the plane came from? *shrugs*
originally posted by: research100
a reply to: auroraaus
thanks for the update, was a bit disappointing...when I saw the thread I thought maybe there was some kind of definite info...will this ever be solved??