A Comparison of the Lost Hydrogen Bomb (1966) and TWA Flight 800 (1996) Search and Recovery Operations and Technologies
Thirty years have passed between the search and recovery of the hydrogen bomb lost in the Mediterranean Sea off Spain and the recovery of TWA Flight 800 which exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, New York. The various techniques used in the search and recovery of the hydrogen bomb evolved at different rates for use in the Flight 800 recovery effort. Difference in the operations, as to purpose of recovery, location and depth, deemed that some technologies, appropriate for one operation, were inappropriate for the other. Additionally, new technologies, unavailable in 1966, were available in 1996. This paper describes the technologies used in both operations and the changes in some of those technologies (1).
KeywordsScuba Diver Recovery Effort Remotely Operate Vehicle Recovery Operation Bottom Time
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