By Margie Mason The Associated Press
PERTH, Australia – A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub’s data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick.
The Bluefin 21′s first two missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, but the unmanned sub finally managed to complete a full 16-hour scan of the silt-covered seabed far off Australia’s west coast, the search co-ordinationcentre said on Thursday. While data collected by the sub from its latest mission, which ended overnight, was still being analyzed, nothing of note had yet been discovered, the centre said. The sub has now covered 90 square kilometres (35 square miles) of seafloor.
Meanwhile, officials in the western city of Perth were analyzing an oil sample that search crews collected earlier this week about 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) from an area where equipment picked up underwater sounds consistent with an aircraft black box. Angus Houston, who is heading up the search effort, has said the oil does not appear to be from ships in the region, but cautioned against jumping to conclusions about its source.
The analysis could provide further evidence that officials are looking in the right place for Flight 370, which vanished March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. Searchers have yet to find any physical proof that the sounds that led them to the ocean floor where the Bluefin has been deployed were from the ill-fated jet.
Twelve planes and 11 ships were scouring a 40,300-square-kilometre (15,600-square-mile) patch of sea for any debris that may be floating on the ocean surface, about 2,200 kilometres (1,400 miles) northwest of Perth.
Despite weeks of searching, no debris related to the jet has been found and earlier this week, Houston said the surface search would be ending within days. But the search co-ordinationcentre on Thursday said crews would continue searching the ocean surface into next week.
Malaysia’s defence minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, confirmed that the search would continue through the Easter weekend, though acknowledged that officials would have to rethink their strategy at some point if nothing is found.
“There will come a time when we need to regroup and reconsider, but in any event, the search will always continue. It’s just a matter of approach,” he said at a news conference on Thursday.
Radar and satellite data show the Boeing 777 flew far off-course for an unknown reason and would have run out of fuel in a desolate patch of the Indian Ocean west of Australia.
A ship-towed device detected four underwater signals that are believed to have come from the plane’s black boxes shortly before the batteries powering the devices’ beacons likely died. The sounds helped narrow the search area to the waters where the Bluefin is now operating.
The U.S. Navy’s unmanned sub cut short its first mission on Monday because it exceeded its maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). Searchers moved it away from the deepest waters before redeploying the sub to scan the seabed with sonar to map a potential debris field.
In addition to finding the plane itself, investigators want to recover the black boxes in hopes the cockpit voice and flight data recorders can explain why the plane lost communications and flew so far off-course before disappearing.
Associated Press writers Kristen Gelineau in Sydney and Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.
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“Building a State-of-the-Practice Data Communications Network [Defense Red Switch Network integrated with traveling guests of hotels controlled by the MI-3 Innholders Livery Company] To create a state-of-the-practice data communications network required Serco to engineer different solutions for each of the AFSCN’s unique locations. Each ground station around the world had to be surveyed in order to develop detailed installation plans, project support agreements and testing plans. Furthermore, to assure communications reliability between the ground station and the operational control nodes, Serco also had to conduct a complete circuit testing exercise.
After completing the survey, Serco’s team continued with their due diligence, for developing and implementing a state-of-the-practice solution, by conductingcircuit, system verification and integration, installation and checkout testing for each of the ground stations, including those located at Diego Garcia, in British Indian Ocean Territory, the Royal Air Force Base in Oakhanger, England and the Anderson AFB, in Guam [Ergo Serco controls U.S. Air Force!]”
In developing this enhanced voice and data communications network, Serco’s team engineered and implemented an ATM backbone and secure voice system for each of the AFSCN ground stations. The installed network was based on a Wide Area Network (WAN) architecture utilizing IP based network capabilities and proprietary secure communication technologies such as KG-75s, KG-84S and KIV-7s. In addition, Serco ensured Defense Red Switch Network connectivity and operations throughout the AFSCN”
“Serco [Surveillance] has worked with the City of Chicago Department of Revenue (DOR) for over 12 years enforcing parking meters. When Chicago’s parking meters were sold to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC. (CPM), in 2009, Serco was sole sourced to provide parking enforcement services on the meters for CPM. City of Chicago: 8 square miles 2010 Annual Citations Issued: 400,000 2010 Annual Citation Revenue: $24 Million+ Years of Service: 12 years Shifts: DOR = Nights & weekend CPM = 24/7 Availability”
McConnell has been directed by Abel Danger Global to serve as expert witness to plaintiffs who may wish to sue for damages in re Serco’s alleged bugging of the MI-3 Hotel red-switch network and its alleged hacking of the Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilot of MH 370.
McConnell previously offered that same expert witness service to ALPA-FAA-NTSB and FBI in Civil Case 1:08-1600 (RMC) – he believes that the court to decide appropriate penalties in such cases, has to be the court with jurisdiction over Serco’s air traffic control Red Switch Network services and The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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