Flight mystery solved by EdgeTech’s sonar

Flight mystery solved by EdgeTech’s sonar

EdgeTech, a leading provider of high-resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, recently discovered that its advanced sidescan sonar technology played a pivotal role in locating an aircraft missing for over 50 years.

In 1971, a plane departed from Vermont’s Burlington International Airport en route to Providence, Rhode Island, but tragically crashed, presumably into Lake Champlain. Despite search efforts at the time, adverse weather conditions posed significant challenges. Over the subsequent years, numerous search missions were conducted, all without success. However, in May of this year, Garry Kozak, in collaboration with Hans Hug, Tim McDonald and Bruce Stebbins, utilized pieces of information from prior surveys to conduct a search for the missing Rockwell Jet Commander using EdgeTech’s advanced 4125i sidescan sonar solution. Remarkably, the Rockwell Jet Commander was successfully located and imaged with exceptional, almost photographic, clarity.

The 4125i sidescan sonar system of EdgeTech was purposefully engineered to cater to both the search & recovery (SAR) and shallow-water survey sectors. Leveraging EdgeTech’s full-spectrum CHIRP technology, the 4125i offers two dual simultaneous frequency sets, optimizing range and resolution for search operations.

A more comprehensive narrative detailing the events surrounding the fateful 1971 plane crash and the subsequent decades-long search efforts is anticipated to be published in the upcoming months.

EdgeTech's sidescan sonar reveals the N400CP Debris Field C. (Image courtesy: EdgeTech)
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