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At what point does the expense of trying to retrieve this flight outweigh the benefit of finding it?
Last I heard it was in water far deeper than any of our robots can descend - how many millions will be spent trying to salvage that which cannot be salvaged? It seems to me that as a species we're hesitant to admit when nothing more can be done. Quit now, take 1/2 the money you save and give it to the families and move on already.
It is an open incentive for a number of companies to try out new technologies (*) like sonars and submarines and other stuff like that,
(*) and be on the news.
It seems to me that as a species we're hesitant to admit when nothing more can be done.
What and stop scientific/engineering advancement and marine (and space) exploration ?
When the Air France plane crash in the Atlantic a couple of years ago, they continue searching for the plane to find out why it has crashed and with all that they could fix all that can be fixed to try to limit the possibility of a same kind of crash.
First, there are lots of unmanned subs can go much deeper than that, like 36,000+ feet deep. Manned subs, on the other hand, can't. There are only about 6 manned subs in the world that can go to 14,000+ feet.
Second, it's not about the families who lost. There are ways to retrieve the bodies, but what's the point. It's about not losing another plane to the same circumstances. It's about preventing the same fate for future families.
As for bringing up the plane, it isn't really about cost but practicality. If you can figure out what you need to look at, you can try to find and bring up just the pieces you need.
Right now the investigation needs 4 things: find the Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder and bring those up. Find the "4 corners" of the airplane to see if it came down in one piece, and find the engines. Once you have those, you've got the best starting point you can have for the investigation of the physical aspects of the airplane.
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Are you suggesting one can objectively place a price on a human life, then? If so, what would it be (in your opinion)? Next question: what if it were your own child's life? Hard and horrible question, I know, but that's exactly my point.
We aren't talking about a human life here - the people were dead before the search even started.
But more to your question, yes, we can put a price on human life.
It may be crude but we do it on a daily basis.
For example, did you know if we reduced the speed limit on the Freeway to 25 MPH we could save gas AND save thousands of lives per year? At some point someone made the decision that the cost in human lives was worth the 70 MPH speed limit.
This happens with safety issues a hundred times per day.
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