At around 3am on Sunday two highly specialist search and recovery vessels left port to search 4 square nautical miles of the English Channel and possibly a particularly deep underwater crevice called Hurds Deep where WW2 spent and deactivated munitions were dumped in the 1950's.
MMV Morvan is a commercial survey ship fitted with side scan sonars and submersible underwater vehicles. This has been crowdfunded, and some £260,000 has been raised.
The second vessel chartered by the UK AAIB with technical.support from both the French BEA and Argentinian search authorities is the MV G.O. Ocean3.
Should the missing Piper PA46 310P Malibu be located within the intended 3-day intensive sea bed search, the data will be handed to the AAIB and the private search drawn to a close.
Insiders suggest that due to Footballer Emiliano Sala making those inflight calls from his smatphone, the searchers have used triangulation data from cellular telephone towers in The Channel Islands, France and the UK. In addition satellite traffic has been examined. The result being a greatly reduced search footprint, the co-ordinates positioning benefited from the finding of seat cushions, wind and tide tables.
The chance finding of two seat squabs said to be from the missing aircraft on the beach at Surtainville, Normandy renewed calls for the search to be resumed.
The search will be conducted on a gridlike pattern and will be concentrated on the seabed. Previous searches were mainly conducted by air over a much wider footprint.
Meanwhile Julian Bray the UK based broadcaster and aviation security expert is calling for all aircraft seating components to carry identification tags giving the registration of the aircraft plus wing sections and external facing moving parts to also have the aircraft registration details physically etched into the surface.
Passengers luggage should also have flight details placed inside all luggage units and sealed inside a waterproof flourescent pocket. This could be issued at the time of booking by travel agents and possibly funded by travel insurance companies.
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