Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
CLEVELAND — During search and recovery efforts in the blue water grid search area the NTSB underwater locator beacon detector received multiple transmissions while deployed from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) “Muskie”. These transmissions have been plotted on the models to narrow down the search site for the Cockpit Voice Recorder to a 125 by 325-foot search area.
Weather and water conditions did not allow for divers to enter the water or sonar equipment to be used today. Waves are predicted to be two feet or less tomorrow with winds west/southwest at 10-15 miles per hour. The temperature will be 13 degrees in the morning with a high of 19 degrees later in the day. If conditions are as predicted, searches will begin at daylight.
The Muskie and the Salvage Chief (Underwater Marine Contractors) will be deployed with the drop sector sonar, a dive team who will use the underwater locator beacon detector and crews from the NTSB, Muskie, Underwater Marine Contractors and the Cleveland Division of Fire.
Multiple resources are on standby to assist as needed.
Shoreline searches will continue tomorrow.