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MH370 : Probe brought in to locate its black boxes

Published on 27/03/2014 09:00 - By aeronewstv.com

When the search area to find the wreck of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in the Indian Ocean has finally been precisely defined, the US Navy will put its TPL- 25 (Towed Pinger Locator) into action. This 35 lb. (16 kg) triangular probe, developed by Phoenix International, will actually listen to the sea's sound environment at great depths, whilst being attached to the end of a cable towed by a ship, with the objective of precisely locating the missing aircraft's black boxes.

Tim Weller, Phoenix International: interview in the video.

And after two weeks intensive search, there's little time left to use this black box "tracker", which can descend to depths of up to almost 20,000 feet (6,000 m).

Tim Weller, Phoenix International: interview in the video.

Sensors and other underwater robots designed by Phoenix International have proven their worth in the past; over the past five years they have helped in the location of more than 95 aircraft that ended up on the seabed, or recovery of their famous black boxes – notably those of the June 1st 2009, Rio-Paris AF447 flight.

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