The underwater vessel searching for traces of the missing Malaysian jet resurfaced Wednesday to fix a technical issue, but then redeployed again. While on deck, its data were downloaded, the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre said.
“Bluefin-21 … is currently continuing its underwater search,” it said in a statement. “Initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning indicates no significant detections.”
This is the second setback for the underwater vehicle deployed to scan the ocean floor for debris linked to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
In its first dive Monday, crews dipped it into the Indian Ocean on what was expected to be a 20-hour deployment. It returned less than eight hours later after it exceeded its maximum dive depth.
“What Bluefin did was it detected that it was moving was near its maximum depth, sending signals back to its operators, said Mike Dean, the U.S. Navy deputy director for salvage and diving.
” After the two signals which was deeper than what we anticipated, the operators decided to bring it back and reassess the boundaries in which they were operating it,” he said.
It found no debris during its shortened scanning session.
Searchers lowered it toward the ocean floor for a second dive Tuesday, and it resurfaced short of its 24-hour mission because of technical issues. It then went down again.
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Indian TravelerNo sign of MH 370 from Bluefin-21 underwater search
by Indian Traveler ( Author at Spirit India )
Posted on April 16th, 2014 at 3:44 pm.
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