Mini-sub aborts again in MH370 deep ocean search

16 April 2014

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PERTH, Australia – A mini-submarine making its second dive in the hunt for Malaysian jet MH370 encountered a “technical difficulty” and resurfaced Wednesday, officials said, after the first mission also aborted.

This handout image taken on April 1, 2014 and received on April 10, 2014 from the US Navy shows the Bluefin 21, Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being hoisted back aboard the Australia's Ocean Shield after a successful buoyancy test. - AFP

This handout image taken on April 1, 2014 and received on April 10, 2014 from the US Navy shows the Bluefin 21, Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being hoisted back aboard the Australia’s Ocean Shield after a successful buoyancy test. – AFP

“The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue,” Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said.

“Bluefin-21 was then redeployed and it is currently continuing its underwater search.”

Data was downloaded from the unmanned vehicle while on the deck of the Australian vessel Ocean Shield, which has led the search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

“Initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning indicates no significant detections,” JACC said.

 

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