Submersible’s First Scan for Jet Wreckage Is Cut Short

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has moved to the dark depths of the Indian Ocean with the first deployment of an unmanned submersible to scan the seabed for signs of wreckage, officials said Tuesday.

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But the inaugural mission of the torpedo-shaped submarine, a Bluefin-21, was cut short because it reached its maximum operating depth of about 2.8 miles, triggering a safety mechanism that forced it back to the surface, the Australian agency coordinating the search said.

The data the vehicle captured during its abbreviated mission, which occurred late Monday, yielded “no objects of interest,” according to a statement from the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet, which is overseeing American naval involvement in the search.

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