Local Company Aiding in Search for Missing Flight 370

Published 04/07 2014 02:25PM

Updated 04/07 2014 02:37PM

A local company is aiding in the search for the missing Flight 370 plane.  Ultra Electronics out of Columbia City is providing supplies to assist the Australian Air Force with their search.

As WFFT's Charnae Davenport reports, the company is helping to stock planes at the 122nd Fighter Wing here in Fort Wayne.

4 weeks of searching.  Multinational crews are doing whatever it takes to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, even by calling on Columbia City, Indiana.

The Royal Australian Air Force touched down here in Fort Wayne to pick up some precious cargo.

"As being members of the Base Community Council, that we are also a part of, they knew that the 122nd could help with the operation."

Craig Discala is a Captain at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.

"Providing 1,008 buoys to the Royal Australian Air Force Maritime Operations."

The sono-buoys provided by Ultra Electronics, are being transferred to Perth, Australia.  Satellite images have helped target the search just off the coast of Australia in the Indian Ocean.

"They're going to drop the buoys into the water and the buoys will drop a hydrophone and they're going to listen for the signal from the blackbox on the missing Malaysia Airliner."

"If one does pick up the signal, it will alert the aircraft and they will know which location to start looking.  A more refined search." 

Blackboxes are designed to send out a signal to be found in situations like this with only one problem.

"The blackbox battery does not have much life left in it, so that's why we're doing such an urgent operation to get these buoys back over to replenish the supply they need to keep the search going."

Flight 370 went missing on March 8th with 239 people on board.  Time is running out to find the blackbox before it stops sending a signal.  That's the only way to know exactly what happened with the flight.

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