Date
17 December 2017

Mini-sub to scour seabed in MH370 search, Xinhua says

The Australian navy will deploy a submersible to comb the seabed for debris of missing Malaysian flight MH370, Xinhua reported Monday, citing the search chief. Angus Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Center in the multi-national search, said the Australian naval ship Ocean Shield will stop searching with a towed pinger locator Monday and “deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 as soon as possible.” The Bluefin-21 will send back a high-resolution 3D map of the ocean floor for analysts to assess for possible debris of the missing plane, the report said. No new signals have been detected since Tuesday, but Ocean Shield discovered oil slick on Sunday in the search area where it had heard four signals possibly related to MH370, the report said. “It’s time to go underwater,” Houston was quoted as saying.

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