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Ancient Shipwrecks Found Underwater, But No Missing MH370 Plane

GULF OF THAILAND (March 11, 2014) Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Clayton Wirth, a rescue swimmer assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), conducts training as the crew supports Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 search and rescue operations. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crewmembers. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (NOTE: The life jacket was not from the lost flight MH370). (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Nearly two years have passed since the disappearance of MH370, the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

A U.S. firm, Phoenix International, will rejoin the search next week aboard a Chinese vessel, which will join three Dutch ships in scouring the Indian Ocean. The underwater search will take place in the southern Indian Ocean, off the west coast of Australia.

Phoenix International’s side scan sonar, which can create an image of large areas of the sea floor, will be towed from the Chinese Rescue Ship Dong Hai Jiu 101.

Experts say the Phoenix Synthetic Aperture Sonar is more accurate than the traditional 75 kHz side sonars that were previously used. According to Phoenix officials, the SAS provides a “higher degree of resolution,” especially at the outer ranges of sonar.

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  1. Last month, a large portion of plane wreckage was found off the coast of Thailand, igniting speculation that it could be from MH370. But Malaysian investigators said the debris was not from the same type of Boeing 777 as the mysteriously missing aircraft.

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