Inside the Orion, techs monitor each camera's feedback, quickly zeroing in on anything that catches the attention of radar, acoustics or the cameras - only to reveal floating trash or a fishing boat.
It is tedious, exhausting work.
“The effort comes from us knowing that we are trying to help people, possibly save lives, find where this plane is, just to bring closure to what is going on with the situation,” Eller said.
Finding the plane, he said, would be "awesome."
“I know it would be awesome for the people who have loved ones on the plane, just to get an idea of what happened. I know the world wants to know what happened to the plane, so it would be a very rewarding feeling to find that aircraft."
Petty Officer Brandon Bornec added, “I would be overwhelmed with joy. I can only imagine what the families would be feeling at home. That is the whole reason we are here right now."
The P3 Orion is assisted by the P8 aircraft, an more modern and sophisticated airplane that is intended to replace the fleet of P3 Orions over the next few years.