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10.4.14 10.30pm oz time
oz P3 Orion has acquired another signal from a black box recorder, the search area has been reduced from 75,000 sq klms to 58,000 sq klms, but still a big area, Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) the submersible unit can go to a depth of 4,500mtrs to shoot pictures and detect sonar, they say that is the approx ocean depth in that area, but then sea bed isnt flat, so it could be in a trough
i have to say the tone of the man leading the search angus hewston has changed in the last 24 hrs, i get the feeling he knows more than hes saying, but i guess he is being carefull
latest 10.52pm monday they think there will be no more pings as the batteries of the flight recorder have stopped, they are deploying a remote sub, to search the sea bed, but they have said in last hours that they have found an oil slick
a two litre sample was taken which was 5500 mtrs downwind and downsea from where two pins were heard last week,
another report that has just emerged it that the co pilot made a phone call (from his mobile ph), just before the plane disappeared from the radar
this man has done it all before ----------- A crash expert is certain that the international search for the wreckage of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be solved and the black boxes will be found.
David Mearns, who is the director of Blue Water Recoveries believes the frequency of the ‘pings’ that Australia’s Ocean Shield boat detected can only be sonar from the MH370 black boxes, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“While the government hasn't announced that yet, if somebody asked me 'technically do they have enough information to say that? My answer is unequivocally, yes,” Mr Mearns said.
“They have got four very, very good detections with the right spectrum of noise coming from them and it can't be from anything else.”
Mr Mearns was previously awarded the Order of Australia in 2008 for helping find the wreckage of the historic ship HMAS Sydney and the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile, the Automated Under Water Vehicle (AUV) Blue Fin 21 is continuing to look for the wreckage in the depths of the Indian Ocean after its first data finding mission was aborted after six hours.
Blue Fin did not discover any objects on its first mission, however, US Navy captain Mark Matthews said that the AUV will continue to measure the density of objects to see if anything is metallic, which could indicate plane wreckage.
Once any human made objects are found, search command can reprogram Blue Fin 21 to gather high resolution images for further inspection.
““You can then then swap out sonar system with imaging system, a camera system to go take pictures of the debris field so you can positively identify that it is aircraft wreckage or something else,” Captain Matthews said.
Australian search officials are concerned that a new AUV may be needed because Bluefin 21 cannot go beyond depths of 4.5km below sea level.
I suppose there won't be much news for a while. It is still a very large area they have to search.
Still no sign of the aircraft but plenty of shipwrecks.
"MH370 search uncovered shipwrecks from 19th Century"