Robot sub to extend search area for missing plane
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Authorities say a robotic submarine scanning the
Indian Ocean floor for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to complete its
search of the most likely crash site. With no clue yet found of the missing Boeing
777, the search area will then be extended.
The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 has been creating a three-dimensional sonar map of
the ocean floor near where signals consistent with airplane black boxes were heard
on April 8.
The search area is a circle with a 10-kilometer (6-mile) radius, 4.5 kilometers
(2.8 miles) deep off the Australian coast.
The search coordination center says in a statement the Bluefin 21 is expected to
complete the focused underwater search area and continue examining adjacent
areas during a mission starting Sunday.