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Mini-sub completes first full mission in hunt for Malaysian flight MH370

Published on Apr 17, 2014 8:43 AM
The US Navy’s Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle being positioned for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on April 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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PERTH (AFP) - A mini-submarine hunting for wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner has completed its first full mission at the third attempt, officials said on Thursday, as seabed data it retrieved was being analysed.

The first two attempts to scan the deep Indian Ocean off western Australia failed to produce any results.

The first dive began on Monday night but aborted automatically after breaching the sub's maximum operating depth of 4,500m. The second was launched on Tuesday night and cut short on Wednesday morning due to unspecified "technical" troubles.

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