Missing MH370 Flight
The Boeing 777 jet disappeared in the South Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. There were 239 passengers and crew members onboard of the plane that day. The air searches for the missing flight will end April 14th . They are preparing a robotic submarine to scan and map the oceans floor. The Bluefin is about 21 inches wide and 16 feet long. It weighs 1,650 pounds and can dive to a depth of 14,700 feet. It uses nine battery packs that can last for over 24 hours and has a 4 gigabyte flash drive. The submarine will also enter the water on the 14th. Where the last four signals were taken together.
The U.S. Navy pinger locator was replaced in the southern Indian Ocean by the Bluefin 21 autonomous sub. The pinger created a three-dimensional sonar map of the area to chart any debris on the oceans floor. The Bluefin sub takes six times longer to cover the same area as the pinger locator. The two devices can not be used at the same time. The Bluefin sub was launched around 5:20 am. Officials believe the batteries in the missing jet’s black box recorders have probably died. Crews have been hoping to detect additional signals before sending down the sub. They hoped the signal would bring them to where the black box would be. It will be hard to find when the sea floor is as deep as 15,000 feet in the area they believe the plane is.
Officials are looking for any other type of machine that could possibly help them find the missing plane. They haven’t found a single piece of debris linked to the missing plane. Some officials believe that the visual search will end in two to three days. The submarine will take 24 hours to complete each mission. It takes two hours to dive to the sea floor, 16 hours to search the sea floor, two hours to return to the surface, and 4 hours to download the data. The current depth of where they thing the wreckage is at the maximum depth the sub can go.
They are concerned on if the will be able to give them the results that they want. Houston says “Anytime you push something over their limits you have to be concerned on the machine's performance.” He also warned of the need to be realistic with the challenges ahead. Dubbing the waters will be new to man. They are telling people to not get their hopes up for finding wreckage because there is a possibility that the sub will find no wreckage of the plane. Its the best lead they have right now and it will be a slow process to get answers.
Officials are focusing their search on an area about the size of a medium sized city. The distance of the search will be about 230 square miles over all. It could take the underwater robot months to map and scan the whole search zone. A visual search for debris on the oceans surface was continued Monday the 14th. So far over a total of 18,400 square miles. The Bluefin sub is capable of making a 3 dimensional map of the oceans floor.
No wreckage of the plane has been found on the map yet. There is eleven military aircraft,...