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BAD WEATHER HAMPERS
NOAA SHIP WHITING EGYPTAIR SEARCH
November 3, 1999 The NOAA
Ship Whiting returned to the naval base in Newport, Rhode
Island, today at around 3 a.m. EST. Bad weather caused the ship
to cease its mapping of the ocean floor in search of the downed
EgyptAir Flight 990 aircraft. It's currently estimated that it
may be Saturday at the earliest and possibly next Tuesday before
the Whiting can resume its operations.
The crew of the Whiting is
using its time to exchange data with the U.S. Navy that it collected
during nearly 24 hours of mapping the ocean floor using its sophisticated
side-scan sonar. Eventually the data will be used to produce
a nautical chart of the 36-square-mile area of what may be the
A forecaster from NOAA's
National Weather Service is on scene helping to provide the
latest weather forecasts which will determine the resumption
of the mission to locate the plane.
NOAA SHIP WHITING
FOCUSED MULTI-BEAM SIDE SCAN SONAR
OFFICE OF COAST SURVEY
The nation's official chartmaker.
LOCATES WRECKAGE ON OCEAN FLOOR AFTER TWA FLIGHT 800 DISASTER
NOTE: A NAUTICAL MILE = 1.15 MILES ; e.g. 13.6 knots =
13.6 x 1.15 = 15.64 miles per hour
Office of NOAA Corps
NOAAs beginning, a large percentage of its oceanographic,
atmospheric, hydrographic, fisheries and coastal data has been
collected on NOAA
ships and aircraft. This fleet of platforms is managed and
operated by the Office of NOAA Corps Operations, an office made
up of civilians and officers of the NOAA
Commissioned Corps (a uniformed service of the United States).
In addition to research and monitoring activities critical to
NOAAs mission, NOAA ships
and aircraft provide immediate response capabilities for unpredictable
events, such as recovery and search efforts after the TWA Flight
800 crash, damage assessment after major oil spills such as the
Exxon Valdez, Persian Gulf War and New Carissa, and several major
hurricanes during the 1998 season.
Rear Admiral Evelyn
Fields is the director of the NOAA Corps.
ocean information from a buoy near the crash site off the
coast of Nantucket Island. This information comes from NOAA's
National Data Buoy Center.
Media should contact Greg
Hernandez, NOAA public affairs, in Washington, DC, at (202)
482-3091 or the main number at (202) 482-6090. Media can also
contact the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs command center in
Newport, Rhode Island, at (401) 841-9541, -9542, or -9580.