Dutch mappers launch next step in MH370 hunt

Company starts to map area bigger than the Netherlands

A survey ship carrying engineers from the Netherlands is launching the next phase in the search for the wreck of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Dutch company Fugro, carrying 40 crew and technicians, has started to map an uncharted area bigger than the Netherlands at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, around 1,600 km off Australia’s northwest coast. Fugro usually makes surveys for oil and telecoms companies. The mapping process is expected to take three months.

The Australian Transportation Safety Board is coordinating the search, which is expected to cost AUD$60 million (€42 million) during the first year.

“It’s a rough area,” said Rob Luijnenburg, the company’s strategy director. “The area has mountains, ridges, valleys, and you can’t see a lot down there unless you make it visible with technology. For the first phase you need a good map.”


[photo courtesy Fugro]


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