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MH370: Oil slick not linked to missing jet, Australians say
Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Julie Makinen

Posted on 04/17/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Australian authorities coordinating the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Thursday that lab tests have shown an oil slick found in the search area last Sunday is not aircraft engine fuel or hydraulic fluid.

Searchers are now using a robotic submarine, the Bluefin-21, to look for wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles northwest of Perth, Australia.

The Bluefin-21 has a rated depth of 4,500 meters, or 2.8 miles, and shortly after it was deployed on its first run this week, it returned to the surface several hours later because it reached that depth and an automatic safety system sent it back up.

However, search coordinators said Thursday that the submarine’s owner-operator, Phoenix International, which has a contract with the U.S. Navy, has determined that the unmanned vehicle can operate at deeper depths.

“This expansion of the operating parameters allows the Bluefin-21 to search the sea floor within the predicted limits of the current search area,” authorities said.

David Kelly, CEO of Bluefin Robotics, said Monday that Phoenix had upgraded the Bluefin-21 just prior to its deployment to the Indian Ocean and had tested it in Hawaii.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2014airlinercrash; australia; autopilot; malaysiaairlines; maldives; mh370; radar
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1 posted on 04/17/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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How long will they continue to search for the plane in the ocean?


2 posted on 04/17/2014 5:15:43 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind

An oil slick from presumably March 8th? It would’ve dispersed by now, methinks...


3 posted on 04/17/2014 5:17:51 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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Depends on if any segment of the tanks are intact. Oil from the Arizona is still making a slick in Pearl Harbor 62 years later.


4 posted on 04/17/2014 5:22:27 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
ARRGH NEED COFFEE!! 72 years later - typo time
5 posted on 04/17/2014 5:24:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind

We’re told that the airliner is somewhere in the water off the coast of Australia; does that mean no one’s looking at any concealed airfields in Pakistan?

Just... wondering...


6 posted on 04/17/2014 5:27:52 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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“How long will they continue to search for the plane in the ocean?”

Until someone is forced to shoot the friggin thing out of the sky when it is headed towards their airspace.

I have no idea where it is, but everything they come up with to keep this story alive in the area they are looking, keeps showing a dry hole. Case in point, the new super-duper mapping sub recently updated, goes down to a depth they know is its limits, hits it and then automatically resurfaces?

Bullcrap! Somebody knew the programming parameters before it went down there to do exactly what it did. What kind of idiot does that? None, not even an idiot. Any logical process control person would have had it go to its limits and then loiter at that depth to do its work the best it could and then under a command from the research vessel, surface because everyone wants to go to sleep at the same time, or the research vessel needs to go to port to refuel.


7 posted on 04/17/2014 5:27:56 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: SeekAndFind

How about turbine engine oil?


8 posted on 04/17/2014 5:28:06 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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It is such a crazy story. I just feel very bad for the families of the passengers.


9 posted on 04/17/2014 5:29:30 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: from occupied ga
The Arizona had over two million gallons of N6 oil on board when she was hit. The blobs of oil floating up from the wreck will likely continue for several hundred years.
We visited with an old Navy hand while visiting the Arizona and Missouri a few years back. He mentioned the Navy had considered building some kind of sarcophagus around the ship to keep it intact.
10 posted on 04/17/2014 5:31:23 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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How long will they continue to search for the plane in the ocean?

Forever...just wait until A&E completes the pilot for their newest reality series based on the search for this plane.

11 posted on 04/17/2014 5:31:57 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Put this clue in the "Red Herring" file with all of the other distractions, false reports and other so-called leads.


12 posted on 04/17/2014 5:38:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: SeekAndFind

They still haven’t even found the hay stack let alone the needle.


13 posted on 04/17/2014 5:39:55 AM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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Phoenix International, which has a contract with the U.S. Navy, has determined that the unmanned vehicle can operate at deeper depths.

Their Bluefin-21 apparently disagrees. They may have to bring in another contractor.

14 posted on 04/17/2014 5:47:58 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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“An oil slick from presumably March 8th? It would’ve dispersed by now, methinks...”

Well yeah! Not much oil in an airliner. Laughable they thing it could have come from an airliner at the bottom of a deep ocean 30+ days after.


15 posted on 04/17/2014 5:51:38 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
It would’ve dispersed by now, methinks...

One would think so and yet there it is -- an oil slick in the middle of the ocean that Houston says did not come from any ships in the area -- go figure.

16 posted on 04/17/2014 5:52:20 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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The people that disrespected McInerney should apologize. I notice he didn’t.


17 posted on 04/17/2014 5:58:13 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Jack Hammer
does that mean no one’s looking at any concealed airfields in Pakistan?

I thought the General was doing that. Does he have any updates??? any pictures of the ongoing search??? any oil slicks??? engine pings??? anything???

Isn't it about due for scheduled maintenance about now??? How's that going???

18 posted on 04/17/2014 5:59:40 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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As far as I’m concerned, all this noise is to hide what many believed in the beginning: That the plane landed safely, though the fate of the passengers may not be so benign.


19 posted on 04/17/2014 6:03:59 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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They have an easier time trying to locate that aircraft if they only searched on Amazon.com!


20 posted on 04/17/2014 6:12:24 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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