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CAPTION ONLY: SEARCH FOR PLANE DOOR BEGINS

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Search for plane door begins The Navy began a needle-in-a-haystack search Monday of the ocean floor for a cargo door that blew off a United Airlines jumbo jet and caused nine people to be swept to their deaths over the Pacific 17 months ago. Project manager Bob Whaley, above, readies an Orion towfish, which houses a sophisticated detection system. The probe, equipped with sonar and a video camera, will be towed behind the USS Narragansett 100 miles from Honolulu in search of the door that blew off the plane en route from Honolulu to New Zealand. Investigators say the door, believed to be 15,000 feet down, could provide evidence for improving aircraft safety. The project's cost will not be known until it is done.