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Bluefin submarine to resume search for MH370 within days

Published on May 10, 2014 3:27 PM
 
The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on April 17, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PERTH (AFP) - A mini-sub hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will be back in the search zone within days, an official said on Saturday, as the Australian ship carrying the device prepared to leave on the mission.

Australian vessel Ocean Shield is carrying the US Navy Bluefin-21 mini-sub which had been scouring the seabed for the plane until it docked to resupply early this week.

Ocean Shield is due to head back on Saturday to the remote area of the Indian Ocean where transmissions believed to have come from the plane's black box recorders were heard last month. It will take the vessel three days to reach the location.

Once in the area, Ocean Shield will be able to deploy the Bluefin-21 to look for "any non-normal items, any metallic items", US Navy Captain Mark Matthews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "They'll either find something or they won't, that's about all I can box in, but what you do is you go look at your best indications and you pursue them until they're exhausted," he said.

 
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