Next phase of search for MH 370 begins
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Months after the end of the aerial search for South China Sea between and on March 8, underwater search efforts began a second phase on Monday., which went missing with 239 people aboard over the
Initial maps of the sea floor were not clear enough to assist in the search. Since suspension of the initial search, thegovernment has been constructing a clearer sea-floor map, essential for the search and to ensure no underwater collision with remains of the aircraft. Back in May, a signal consistent with that of a radio beacon was detected in the area, but nothing turned up that helped with the search.
In this phase, the Australian government has started using a special vessel, the GO Phoenix, for undersea debris search.
The GO Phoenix has special technology usingto search underwater for possible debris of the flight. The special equipment is able to search far enough above the ocean floor that it shouldn't hit any debris, according to Martin Dolan of the (ATSB), which is coordinating the search. Each segment of the search could last for several weeks before resupply in .
Additional ships, from Dutch company Fugro Survey, are to join the search in upcoming weeks.
This isn't the only incident with a Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, another 777, was shot down near the – border on July 17.
- "Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298" — Wikinews, July 19, 2014
- Euan McKirdy. "The search for MH370: Next phase gets underway" — , October 7, 2014
- "Flight MH370: officials optimistic missing plane will be found" — , October 6, 2014