Seabed contracted to search for missing aircraftProjects and Operations // February 19, 2010
Norwegian company Seabed AS has been awarded a contract regarding search for the Air France aircraft that crashed off Brazil on June 1st 2009.
The wreck is at a depth of 3,000-4000m, and the French Safety Investigation Authority responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and incidents (BEA) has, among different companies, chosen Seabed AS to help in its search.
Seabed will mobilize its vessel Seabed Worker in Brazil at the beginning of March. The vessel is already in the area. The search is expected to last 1-2 months.
The search area, in international waters between Brazil and West Africa, is huge and far from shore, and the water depth makes the search a technological challenge.
An important task is to find the aircraft’s Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR). In addition to equipment and ROV on board Seabed Worker, three REMUS AUVs will be used, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.”
"We have experience from work on depths deeper than 3,000m. This is deep, but we have personnel who have long experience with this type of work, and a good track record. We consider the possibilities to locate the plane as good," said the company.