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Taiwanese fishing boats to join search for missing flight MH370

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese deep sea fishing boats in the Indian Ocean have taken the initiative to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Fishery Agency said yesterday.

Jack Huang, chairman of the National Fishermen's Association, has urged nearby vessels over radio broadcasts to help, asking them tomake immediate reports if any leads are found, the agency said.

According to the agency, Huang said that 400-500 deep sea fishingboats from Taiwan are operating in the Indian Ocean, where many speculate the missing plane may have crashed.

The ships will assist in any possible rescue missions, Huang was quoted by the agency as saying. He added that there are even more fishing boats passing through the region on their way to the Atlantic.

Taiwan had mobilized Navy and coast guard ships and a transport plane to comb the South China Sea for MH370, which disappeared March 8, though the search in the area was called off after Malaysian authorities said they no longer believe the plane will be found there.

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March 18, 2014    sylevine1@
Malaysia Airline, MH370, Once Again Shows The Need To Utilize The Black Box Data In Real-time

So now, 3/8/2014, we have the breaking news that a Malaysia Airlines, Flight MH370, Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 239 people is missing. Another plane down, like Air France Flight 447 and we are going through the same problems that should have been solved and implemented over ten years ago.

Commercial aviation if it utilizes the black box data in real-time will make flying safer and more economical. The black box should not only be used in the autopsy mode but should be used proactively to decrease the cost of flying and the fatal crashes. Planes should also have a remote copilot in addition to the on-board for safety and economy.

The real-time utilization of the black box data could prevent the vast majority of air crashes including hijacking, pirated, rogue piloting and pilot suicide initiated fatal crashes. The cost of 9/11 alone is ten times the cost of putting in a safe system and yet nothing has intentionally been done.
By the use of expert systems the problems aboard are automatically recognized and with one second. We do this for our astronauts (that is how they got back from the moon) and there is not technical reason for not providing this to the travelling public. The flight recorder data can be transmitted every second to the ground giving the planes position, velocity and attitude. Getting to the crash site quickly and efficiently can in many cases save lives. This technology has been available for over ten years and hasn’t been pushed by the NTSB, FAA or Airline Association since they felt that the few crashes per year failed their economic analysis. So they have flagrantly let it drop. Yet when we review all of the economies that this technology brings to aviation the reverse is true. Airlines pay only a small fraction of the cost of a crash.
Sy Levine
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