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Australia will soon deploy undersea robot in hunt for MH370

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 01:24

April 14 - With no new ''pings'' to go by, searchers looking for Malaysia Airlines plane prepare to send robot to search underwater. Katie Sargent reports.

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They've been searching by air and on the surface of the ocean, but now the teams looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are getting ready to search underwater. Searchers are confident they know the general location of the plane -- based on acoustic signals detected earlier this month. But the head of the agency supervising the search says there have been no further signals -- or pings -- since last week, so it's time to send an underwater vehicle to take a look. HEAD OF THE JOINT AGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "The experts have therefore determined that the Australian Defence vessel 'Ocean Shield' will cease searching with the towed pinger locator later today and deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle, 'Bluefin-21', as soon as possible. " But it could take months for the vehicle to scan the search area. In the meantime, investigators are analyzing another possible clue that was found on Sunday. HEAD OF THE JOINT AGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "In another development, I can report 'Ocean Shield' detected an oil slick yesterday evening in her current search area. A sample of about two litres has been collected and we are a number of days before it can be landed ashore and conclusively tested." So the international air and sea search for Flight MH 370 continues, now in its sixth week.

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Australia will soon deploy undersea robot in hunt for MH370

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 01:24