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Indiana National Air Guard Helps In Search For Missing Plane

A branch of the Indiana National Air Guard is allowing the Australian government to use sonar buoys that look for transmitter signals.

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Photo: U.S. Navy

Sailors load sonar buoys onto an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter.

The Fort Wayne-based National Air Guard is helping the Royal Australian Air Force load equipment needed to continue the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

The plane is believed to be somewhere possibly in the South Indiana Ocean.

Guard Spokesman Technical Sgt. Kurt Briner says Australian air force members are due to arrive in Fort Wayne for an equipment pickup late Saturday morning.

“They’re going to pick up a few pallets of sonar buoy systems and they’re going to take them from here back to Australia,” Briner says. “The equipment will travel on to the Indian Ocean and the search operation there.”

The devices are needed to detect transmitter signals.

Briner says Guard members will help the Australians load up their C-17 with 21 containers that will contain 1008 sonar buoys.

Briner adds the Guard is not sending personnel abroad for the effort.

They’re simply helping to load the equipment provided by Ultra Electronics UnderSea Sensor Systems Inc., which is a defense contractor based in Columbia City, Indiana.

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