Local Connection to Missing Airline Search

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Members of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the the Indiana Air National Guard are helping in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

The Fort Wayne-based wing is helping the Royal Australian Air Force load equipment needed to continue the search for the jet missing since March 8th. It‘s believed to be somewhere possibly in the South Indiana Ocean. Guard Spokesman Technical Sgt. Kurt Briner says Australian air force members arrived in Fort Wayne for an equipment pickup today.  Briner says they‘ve run out of air drop listener devices called sonar buoys. 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. He says it‘s a great opportunity for Fort Wayne to help in the search and possibly touch the lives of those on the other side of the world. He says they‘ll help get the Australians back on their way once they get the equipment. 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.