Search ships head to new AF447 search zone

by Jonathan on March 30, 2010

REMUS 6000Two search ships have left the city of Recife, Brazil and are on their way to the location of the third search for debris and flight and data recorders of Air France flight 447.

Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic last on June 1 while traveling from Brazil to France, killing all 228 on board.

The two search ships, a U.S. and Norwegian, left Recife on Monday and are expected travel for 2 days before reaching the search zone.

This new search will last approximately 30 days and will use sonar equipped robot submarines and sonar machines dragged on cables underwater to search an area over 770-square miles.

The Autonomous undersea vehicles will be operated from the Norwegian ship, the M/V Seabed Worker, which will also be equipped with the Triton XLX remotely operated vehicle. The M/V Anne Candies, a ship out of New Orleans, will be used to tow the side scan sonar Orion and the CURV21 ROV, which will both be operated for the U.S. Navy by Phoenix International.

The autonomous underwater vehicles used in this search are designed and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institue in Massachusetts. They are called REMUS 6000 and have incredible capabilities.

The vehicles can operate in depths up to 19,685 feet or 3.73 miles (6000 meters) and can remain submerged for up to 20 hours at a time, and the are estimated to scan about 30 square miles per day.

Last week, BEA head Jean-Paul Troadec said that there was a good chance of finding the wreckage of flight 447.

Locating the flight data and voice recorders is crucial to solving the mystery of flight 447.

Associated Press
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Photo: Mike Purcell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Ellis Traub March 31, 2010 at 4:05 am

Not long after the disappearance of AF447, I wrote to the leaders of the investigative team(s) and to our own FAA referring them to a paper I had written in the mid-60's, when I was flying for Eastern Air Lines. This paper offered an explanation for a spate of similar events at the time and was published by my company in its own internal newsletter. (See

After all of this time, with no appreciable results, I continue to believe that the theory I advanced in this paper (as sophomorically and simplistically as it may have been written when I was much younger) provides a singularly credible explanation of the event. It's particularly cogent when I now read that a number of other similar events have occurred.

To my disappointment, I have had not a single acknowledgment of my suggestion from any party. Nor has anyone out of the more than 300 readers on Scribd refuted it either.

It's hard to believe that no one with any authority in the probe has read it—that it was discarded summarily. And it's equally difficult to believe that, in as serious a matter as this, all possible explanations might not be considered or some rejected because they didn't come from some official source.


Kevin March 31, 2010 at 4:05 am

I really hope that this third search produces results. We need to know what happened.


claudio March 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

I'm pretty sure they are not gonna find anything though.I hope I'm wrong though.


Annie April 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

I haven't been an a plane since that flight – it has really freaked me out. I know it's one in a million, million, million but until they figure it out, I'm uneasy.


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