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Search for the Malaysia Flight MH-370: Survey Strategy and Technology

March 24, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dan McConnell

Global Product Manager Gas Hydrates and Seabed Mining

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This presentation documents the deep water search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370, a Boeing 777 commercial passenger airliner that mysteriously disappeared in the southern Indian Ocean, in March 2014 with 239 people onboard. The ensuing search has included a submarine survey of a duration, coverage, cost, complexity, and technological and operational challenge that is unprecedented in aviation history. The survey strategy and technology being used will be reviewed, along with discussion of the considerable operational and logistical challenges of conducting the survey in a very remote and hostile area, in water depths exceeding 4000 meters. Survey data illustrating the complex seafloor in this never-before explored part of the ocean, the latest survey results, and the way forward in this epic search will also be presented.


Dan is a Marine Geologist with over 20 years of experience. His main areas of interest are seafloor mapping and marine geochemistry surveys, deep water site characterization, and methane hydrate characterization. Dan has written numerous articles about deep water site conditions. His main contribution has been the identification and quantification of gas hydrate deposits from seismic data, which culminated with the landmark Chevron- US Department of Energy drilling expedition in the Gulf of Mexico in 2009. Dan holds two degrees, History and Geology, from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics Committee of the Society for Underwater Technology OSIG-SUT.


Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina: @SGLtamu or zenon@tamu.edu


March 24, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Scoates Hall, Room 208