Australia says ships surveying for Malaysia Airlines MH370 making progress
Published on Jul 31, 2014 4:23 PM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Two ships surveying the sea floor where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is thought to have crashed are making steady progress with a deep-water search to get underway in September, the Australian authorities said on Thursday.
Since May, experts have been surveying an area of about 60,000 sq km along the seventh arc - a thin but long line that includes all possible points where the last-known communication between the aircraft and a satellite could have taken place.
It is using two vessels, Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen and the Australian-contracted Fugro Equator, to map the ocean floor in the remote region, a process considered crucial to identify possible hazards that could affect the deep-water search.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said that as of Wednesday the Zhu Kezhen had sounded over 25,000 sq km while the Fugro Equator had surveyed more than 43,000 sq km. A third vessel, Malaysia's KD Mutiara, will join them in August.
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