I just saw this question, which asks about why only one Bluefin-21 is being deployed to search the area.

While the OP has mentioned it in the context of MH370, isn't this more of a question about the effectiveness of underwater search operations, and potential reasons for a particular strategy?

Would you consider this question as on-topic for Aviation or not?

  • $\begingroup$ I don't see any other site where it could be on topic (maybe robotics.SE or newly launched earthscience.SE) $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2014 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ In addition, these searches are led by political motives and several other factors, which may not be released to general public. $\endgroup$
    – Farhan Mod
    Apr 17, 2014 at 14:16

2 Answers 2


My first impulse in seeing that question was to flag it as opinion-based.

It asks about a specific reason (not a fact) about a reaction to a specific recent event, it either asks us to provide our opinions on how such decision has been made or it risks being too broad creating a ginormous list of all possible factors that (might) have been taken into account.

As @Farhan mentions in the comments, these decisions have political background undisclosed to the general public.


now that an answer is there, I am even more convinced that it is off-topic, there is nothing related to aviation.


As an aside to @Federico's answer (generalising, rather than talking about this specific question) — in my opinion questions about underwater search equipment are on-topic here.

The tag should be used on such questions.


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