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CFCC students work with same equipment used in search for missing plane

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - One of the key pieces of equipment being used in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is called side scan sonar.

Students at Cape Fear Community College are getting first hand experience with the technology.

Instructor Tim Shaw says search crews in the Indian Ocean have to deal with a lot of limitations when it comes to tracking down the missing plane.

Everything from weather to the depth of the ocean, Shaw says the search needs ideal conditions to quickly recover what could be left of flight 370.

"The benefit is they do cover, you know, a large area. But when you compare that to the area that they're searching. Again, they're searching for a needle in a hay stack," Shaw said.

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