issing Malaysia Airlines flight: Bluefin-21 search for MH370 continues
The Bluefin-21 underwater drone has passed the halfway mark on its sonar scan of just over 300 square kilometres of Indian Ocean seabed in the search for the lost MH370 plane.
The US autonomous underwater vehicle is scouring a patch of the sea floor in a 10-kilometre radius from where a Royal Australian Navy crew believes it heard electronic "pings" from the MH370's black box.
The Bluefin-21 completed its seventh dive on Sunday but had found nothing as of late in the day. It is on track to finish searching the area within about another five days, weather permitting.
Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein described the search as being at a "very critical juncture".
"I appeal for everybody around the world to pray and pray hard that we find something to work on," he said on Saturday.
The current best hope to solve what has become one of history's most baffling aviation mysteries is the US Navy underwater drone, the Bluefin-21, which is being launched from the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.
The submersible uses a technology called side-scan sonar, which is building up a picture of the seabed at a depth of about 4500 metres.
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