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Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

The Bluefin 21 sub surfaced early for the second time in as many missions, this time after experiencing technical difficulties. It was sent back underwater after its data were downloaded but there's been no sign of the plane yet, according to the joint agency coordinating the search.

As the search continued, more than 100 relatives of Chinese passengers who were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane walked out of a teleconference meeting with senior Malaysian officials, an act of defiance over a lack of contact with that country's government and for taking so long to respond to their demands.

The family members had gathered in a meeting room at a Beijing hotel where Malaysia Airlines had provided them with lodging and food. But they stood up and filed out shortly before the call with Malaysia's civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, and others as it was about to start.

"These video conference meetings often don't work, the sound stops and it's constantly disrupted. Is that how we are going to communicate?" said Jiang Hui, one of the family members, after the walkout. "Do they need to waste our time in such a way?"

Jiang said the Malaysian government had not met demands the relatives had presented to them weeks ago in Malaysia - an apology for the way they've handled the matter along with meetings with the Malaysian government and airline officials. They also have requested to sit down with executives from Boeing and Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of the plane and its engines.

The Boeing 777 vanished March 8 with 239 people on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing. Satellite and radar data show it flew far off-course for an unknown reason and likely would have run out of fuel over the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.

A ship-towed device detected four signals underwater that are believed to have come from the airliner's black boxes shortly before the beacons' batteries died. The sounds helped narrow the search area to the waters where the Bluefin 21 is now operating.

The U.S. Navy's unmanned sub cut short its first mission on Monday because it exceeded its maximum operating depth of 4,500 meters (15,000 feet). Searchers moved it away from the deepest waters before redeploying the sub to scan the seabed with sonar to map a potential debris field.

On the ocean surface, up to 14 planes and 11 ships were searching a 62,000-square-kilometer (24,000-square-mile) patch of sea about 2,200 kilometers (1,400 miles) northwest of Perth on Wednesday. Not a single piece of debris connected to the plane has been found, and the surface search is expected to end soon.

Investigators are also waiting on test results from an oil slick found about 5,500 meters (3.4 miles) from where the last underwater sounds were detected.

In addition to finding the plane itself, investigators want to find the black boxes to solve the mystery of why the plane lost communications and flew so far off-course before disappearing.

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Ray Bernardi April 16 2014 at 8:04 PM

There is nothing that I can , or could say to bring evidence to Flight 370. In time it may be found & what the boxes say will be the next CNN breaking news.

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The Balatys April 16 2014 at 9:25 AM

Scenario. Pings not necessarily black box. Who ever is responsible could have created oil slick dropped phony black box in ocean. If there is no debris found yet there is no way if verifying where plane is. Just saying why would plane go that far off course just to crack in ocean seems unusual to me just saying. Nothing is for sure

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patsbest1 The Balatys April 16 2014 at 9:42 AM

if you are so smart why dont you find the plane idiot

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hanna vanhoose patsbest1 April 16 2014 at 10:31 AM

he is not an idiot patsbest1, what he said in his post makes sense. the experts said if no debris is found or no sounds from the black box, they probably wont ever find the plane. but then again it looks like they don't want to. did you think general tom McInerney was an idiot with his disclosure that sources he had saw the plane at diago Garcia. just saying----- fact is something is amiss and too much mystery concerning this plane .

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timkrc The Balatys April 16 2014 at 9:44 AM

that doesnt make sence, no debrie but now an oil slik.

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John Matthew April 16 2014 at 9:21 AM

I feel for the family members it's tragic. But....with all respect have they as a group recognized all those nations and members who have put their lives on the line to find the remains of the plane? I must have missed that one?

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ravencrest39 April 16 2014 at 9:15 AM

Do the chinese have access to world news? Or is it banned. Twenty six nations are trying to find the plane. So far no luck. The search continues. Thats about as much as the Malaysian government can tell them even if a representative came to the hotel and spoke to them in person.

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sharway777 April 16 2014 at 1:22 PM

This is a horrible tragic mess. I feel sorry for everyone involved, the passengers, the crew, the families, the people from all over trying so hard to get the answers to this mystery. May God help this to be over soon. I wish them all peace.

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bkoster2 April 16 2014 at 9:10 AM

Blaming the Malaysian government,....... Boeing,........... Rolls Royce..... and anyone else that gets in the way isn't going to resolve the matter. Everyone involved is doing everything humanly possible to find out what happened. Some things are simply beyond anyone's control.

My condolences to all who've lost loved ones.

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birnt3 bkoster2 April 16 2014 at 9:27 AM

blame it on ted kennedy

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timkrc bkoster2 April 16 2014 at 9:55 AM

Not beyond our control JUST need all FACTS !

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Marielane45 April 16 2014 at 7:49 AM

I think that this is awful the way that the family members have been treated. Thye need some closure for this flight, It is a terrible situation that they find themselves in. I pray that they will find the wreakage.

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afeefaa1 April 16 2014 at 1:26 PM

I hope the plane can be found one day...

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avonlady11234 afeefaa1 April 16 2014 at 2:16 PM

I really hope it will be found too, so the families can get some closure. The actual bodies will help them with getting death certificates and applying for benefits they need.

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elnpet avonlady11234 April 16 2014 at 9:55 PM

Well if they are never found after so many years they will be declared dead and then people can plan on benefits and death certicates. Sorry but laws are laws.

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npaleorelic April 16 2014 at 9:05 AM

To zrsz 1
Great that you have a business. But sorry to hear you brag about your vacations, ease of your life and getting to the top on the backs of your employees whom you would fire in a heart beat if they might interfere with another Hawaiian vacation. Hope you pay more than minimum wage. I had a husband/wife employer (4-5 employees) who looked out only for themselves in the most blatant in your face ways. All they did was complain that they couldn't give you a raise cause' of business woes while they lived the lives of kings and took expensive vacations 3-4 times a year. They had the gall to send pictures to us having fun on the beach, etc. While I understand the business model it was still a slap in the face

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conemo April 16 2014 at 7:58 AM

this was planned meticulously. The plane went down in the most inaccessible area of the Indian Ocean. This had to involve pilot and or co-pilot. Everything was carefully calculated. To what end? I think that is an intersting question. If it was a suicide/homocide then the evidence of that was covered up. there is no evidence for any other understandin of the info that is available.

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PHILL AND TRISHA conemo April 16 2014 at 8:08 AM

people are still trying to find Amelia Earhart...or Wiley Post....lots of planes have crashed...and basically disappeared before..oceans...lakes...jungles..deserts...frozen tundra....

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Pastor Fletcher conemo April 16 2014 at 8:15 AM

I beg to differ. We all can speculate, but only God knows.

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