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  • Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370

    Date: 2014.04.15 | Category: Bluefin-21 AUV, Chagos islands, Indian Ocean, Malaysia Airlines, MH370 Crash | Response: 0

    Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370

    Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370

    The US Navy's Bluefin-21, an autonomous underwater vehicle

    The US Navy’s Bluefin-21, an autonomous underwater vehicle

    Bluefin-21 Resurfaces After First Search for Missing MH370
    Apr 15th, 2014

    The Bluefin-21 AUV, a robotic submarine, which was last night deployed in a search mission for the missing Malaysian jet, has returned to the surface after six hours of scanning the depths.

    The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the Bluefin-21 AUV which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and black boxes.

    Search crews sent the Bluefin 21 deep into the Indian Ocean yesterday to scour the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes.

    But after only six hours of its planned 16-hour mission on the sea bed, the autonomous underwater vehicle exceeded its maximum depth limit of 15,000ft and its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the search co-ordination centre said.

    Earlier the Ocean Shield vessel discovered an oil slick that could relate to the missing aircraft, and it will take couple of days to examine the samples of the collected oil.

    The Boeing 777 vanished on March 08 with 239 people on board, and today is the 39th day of the search operations.

    Photo Credit: Subsea World News Bluefin/AMSA

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