Bedford sailor among crews in search for missing Malaysian plane MH370

Lieutenant Francesca Crowsley.
Lieutenant Francesca Crowsley.

A sailor from Bedford is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, which disappeared on March 8.

Lieutenant Francesca Crowsley is on Royal Navy survey ship, HMS Echo, which was redeployed to assist in the search for the missing airliner. The vessel had been carrying out survey work in the Middle East before receiving instructions to join the international search effort in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Raised in Bedford, Lt Crowsley attended Sharnbrook Upper School and joined the Royal Navy in 2010, having studied Oceanography at Southampton University. Now a Hydrographic and Meteorological Officer onboard HMS Echo, the 24 year old said:

“As the meteorological officer onboard, my main role is to forecast the weather and its effects in the search area. This has key impact on Echo’s efficacy in the search for MH370. I hope we are successful in our mission to bring answers to the relatives of all those on the flight”

Her parents, Bedford residents Wendy and Stephen and her partner, Royal Navy pilot Lt Nick Allen are proud of the work being undertaken by the crew.

HMS Echo, to ensure she can operate in any environment possesses weapons for force protection and is able to carry a small detachment of Royal Marines, was mid-way through an 18-month deployment when she was re-tasked.