Sub completes 90 percent of search


Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 10:06 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Officials in Australia say a robotic submarine has now scanned more than 90 percent of a 120-square-mile search area, but has found nothing of interest in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

The next phase of the search is likely to be decided in a week. It's expected to involve using more powerful sonar equipment, similar to what found the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.

Officials also said today that the material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia doesn't appear to be from the missing plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau looked at detailed photos of the material -- apparently sheet metal with rivets -- and determined that it is not related to the plane.

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048-c-17-(Rod McGuirk, AP correspondent)-"late next week"-AP correspondent Rod McGuirk reports the future of the search is up in the air. (24 Apr 2014)

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046-c-13-(Rod McGuirk, AP correspondent)-"missing Malaysian plane"-AP correspondent Rod McGuirk reports another disappointment after officials examined a piece of sheet metal with rivets that washed ashore in southwestern Australia. (24 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO XPER102: In this map provided on Thursday, April 24, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLY (24 Apr 2014)

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