The robot submarine sent to search for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has had its first mission cut short.
It began scouring the bed of the southern Indian Ocean to try to determine whether signals detected last week by sound-locating equipment were from the plane’s flight recorders.
Although it completed its mission, the robotic submersible Bluefin-21 exceeded its depth safety limit of four and a half thousand metres underwater and had to be pulled out earlier than expected by an inbuilt safety mechanism.
However, the mission wasn’t a complete waste of time as they have about six hours worth of data to decipher before plunging it back into the water.
The job of the submersible is to create a map of the ocean floor in a hope to find the missing aircraft.