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Submarine aborts first mission in search of Flight 370

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Submarine aborts first mission in search of Flight 370

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 15, 2014

It seems as though nothing surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is going right as the submarine sent in search of the submerged plane has now halted its own first dive.

Bluefin-21, the submarine that was sent into the southern Indian Ocean after officials decided that the black box battery has officially died, aborted its first mission on April 14. The US-made submarine is unmanned.

Bluefin-21's internal safety feature returned it to the surface after six hours of its planned 12-hour trip.

"U.S. Navy Captain Mark Matthews told CNN the vehicle was programmed to hover 30 m (100 ft.) over the bottom while scanning with sonar, but the water may in fact have been deeper than the maximum of 4,400 m (14,400 ft.) listed on ocean charts," reports Time.

"On Tuesday, airplanes and vessels combed some 62,000 sq km (24,000 sq. mi.) of ocean — an area roughly the size of West Virginia — around 2,200 km (1,350 miles) northwest of Perth [Australia] in search of debris. However, sea swells up to 2 m (6.5 ft.), scattered showers and thunderstorms hampered efforts," further reports Time. "Thirty-nine days after the twin-engine jet disappeared, no wreckage has been found, and investigators have indicated they are close to calling off the airborne search, already the most expensive in history."

Bluefin-21 is being prepped for another expedition after the six hours of footage collected on its first mission was not helpful in the discovery of the missing jet.