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Towed #MH370 Search Sonar Vehicle lost

vooke

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...le-searching-mh370-sinks-volcano-indian-ocean

I'm wondering how this towfish is expected to locate a plane or its wreckage or parts when it can't 'see' a 2KM volcano on its path
 

Trailblazer

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I'm wondering how this towfish is expected to locate a plane or its wreckage or parts when it can't 'see' a 2KM volcano on its path

I assume it wasn't looking forwards. It's the equivalent of walking into a lamp post while looking at the ground for a dropped ring. :)
 

vooke

Active Member
I assume it wasn't looking forwards. It's the equivalent of walking into a lamp post while looking at the ground for a dropped ring. :)
Now that's super funny analogy.
I agree to some extent but still, the vehicle should not be bumping into things down there without warning the crew, or maybe they slept on the job
 

Gridlock

Senior Member.
Maybe the synthetic aperture radar has sidebeam characteristics due to Hifflessen-Scholtz scattering that means anhydrous sedimentary deposits are invisible to the Shatner's Bassoon?

Which is a different way of saying, I'm sure they know what they're doing (and we don't).
 

Efftup

Senior Member.
It could also have been a calibration issue. I have it it on good authority that at one point in the trials of the Royal Navy's Merlin helicopter, it could see a foot of periscope sticking out the water tens of miles away while simultaneously being unable to see the Large cargo ship it had just taken off from.
 

vooke

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http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/25/asia/mh370-search-sonar-vehicle-lost/index.html

Now it makes sense; the towfish was being hauled back to Freemantle and as such was not actively searching the ocean floor. But still, it could have been negligence
 
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