Communiqué

22 October 1998

It is estimated that 48% of the aircraft by weight has now been recovered.

The heavy-lift operation on the "SEA SORCERESS" is nearing its conclusion and the recovery operation will be switching to a dragger operation. There are thousands of small pieces left on bottom and the heavy-lift operation is not very efficient at recovering them. It will require forty-eight hours to gear up the dragger operation, get the "SEA SORCERESS" off site, and get the mooring clumps removed. The dragger can operate in more severe sea state conditions than could the heavy-lift.

None of the electronic circuit boards viewed today contain non-volatile memory (NVM) chips. All the NVM chips were either destroyed or are missing.

The recovery operation is providing more wire to examine. The aircraft contains over 165 miles of wiring.