Underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

By admin
22 May 2014

The underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed Thursday in the same part of the southern Indian Ocean where pings from a black box were detected in early April.

The torpedo-like Bluefin 21 was lowered into the water from the Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield to continue mapping the ocean floor in the hope it will pick up outlines of the wreckage of the passenger plane that disappeared on March 8.

Bluefin 21 will search "the remaining areas in the vicinity of the acoustic signals," search authorities said. The search operation had been suspended for a week while repairs were done to the equipment. Ocean Shield will continue searching until 28 May when it will return to Perth and off-load the US-owned Bluefin 21.

Chinese survey ship Zhe Kezhen will join the Ocean Shield later this week in mapping the ocean floor in preparation for a commercially contracted deep ocean search with towed side-scan sonar starting in a few weeks.

The head of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said on ABC television Thursday he was confident the search was being conducted in the right area, although pings that were detected last month are still being analysed.

- Sapa

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