The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed Thursday with the redeployment of the U.S. Navy-owned robotic submarine Bluefin-21, authorities alleged.
Australia is leading the search for the airplane, which disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on-board and is using the Bluefin-21 mini-sub until new equipment can be held.
“This carries on the procedure that will ultimately enable the search team to dismiss or confirm the area of the acoustic signals as the final resting place of MH370,” the instruction read.
The Ocean Shield is expected to leave the search area May 28 and return to Fleet Base West May 31 where it will demobilize the Bluefin-21 and disembark the support team.
MH370 is believed to have destroyed into the southern Indian Ocean but despite a massive air and sea and underwater search, no signaling of any wreckage has yet been set up. In the period of time the aerial and sea surface searches have been scaled down, the operation is moving to the next stage, which will call for using sophisticated equipment to scan the sea bottom.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished mysteriously about an hour later on striking off for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur shortly after midnight March 8.
The Boeing 777-200ER was scheduled to land in Beijing the same sunrise.
JACC stated work was continuing to look back and dissect all the data and data relating to the probable flight path of MH370.
“This study will confirm the best fields on which to focus an effective future search,” it stated