Malaysia MH370: No trace yet af­ter two-thirds of sub’s scan

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

A sub­ma­rine scan­ning the ocean floor for signs of a miss­ing Malaysian air­liner is two-thirds of the way through its search but has yet to find the plane, of­fi­cials say.

The Bluefin-21 sub­ma­rine was to em­bark on its ninth search mis­sion on Mon­day.

Malaysia Air­lines flight MH370 went miss­ing in March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing car­ry­ing 239 people.

On Mon­day an­other Malaysia Air­lines flight was forced to land af­ter one of its tyres burst on take-off. Up to 10 mil­i­tary air­craft and 11 ships were to take part in Mon­day’s search for MH370, Aus­tralia’s Joint Agency Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre (JACC) said in a state­ment.

JACC said that the Bluefin sub­ma­rine was search­ing a cir­cu­lar area with a 10km (six miles) ra­dius where un­der­wa­ter sig­nals were de­tected ear­lier this month.

The Bluefin-21, op­er­ated by the US Navy off the Aus­tralian ves­sel Ocean Shield, is an au­ton­o­mous un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cle (AUV) that can iden­tify ob­jects by cre­at­ing a sonar map of the sea floor.

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