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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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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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vietnamvet1967 April 16 2014 at 7:14 AM

These People are DEAD, PERIOD
Some say They need Closure, There Never is, I Know

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Linda's Computer vietnamvet1967 April 16 2014 at 7:25 AM

That's being a little crude to these families, don't you think ? Even "if" they are dead people need to have a little heart for them.... What if it was one of your family members Mr. Vietnamvet ??

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polishparalt April 16 2014 at 8:54 AM

If it were not for the fact that several hundred lives were lost, everything surrounding the handling and reporting of this incident would be worthy of a Three Stooges episode. There are no creditable leads, only highly speculative guesses, and nothing more. The problem with people is that when large loss of life occurs, they can't accept that something simple could be a culprit. All it would have taken is one of the pilots to have a determined plan and the willingness to carry it out. Eliminate the other pilot, secure the flight deck, depressurize the aircraft, go electronically dark.....fly to a remote area and dive at a steep angle into the ocean. That's one of dozens of theories....which is all we have.
To make a short post long, I think it best served if the media would just walk away from this story until some type of positively identified wreckage from the aircraft is found ( if ever ) and quit dragging the families of the lost thru endless, and repetitious emotional trauma.

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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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mcclusky67 April 16 2014 at 6:53 AM

I don't know about Diego Garcia or 'false flag' implications, but as far as the claims of 'child like behavior' goes, one must remember that in Chinese culture, respect for one's ancestors is of great importance. It is absolutely crucial to have the remains of one's forebears to inter.

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notnnword mcclusky67 April 16 2014 at 6:59 AM

Soggy ashes better learn to fly .

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williehart mcclusky67 April 16 2014 at 7:01 AM

Culture or not if these people went down in this area of water, they're gone. There will be no burial for them other then where they are.

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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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npaleorelic April 16 2014 at 9:05 AM

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Econotherm April 16 2014 at 9:01 AM

Lets face it ,they are lost in a tragic acident. What else can they do that they are not doing now ?

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bambi4318.barbara Econotherm April 16 2014 at 10:04 AM

I am losing faith that the plane, and its black boxes, will be found in the near future.

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pjsowe April 16 2014 at 8:04 AM

To me the actual story of the plane has degraded to a near National Enquire level. What is of interest to me is how these governments (not Australia) have little or no feeling of obligation to communicate with the people that are not in the government. They may superficially express that they wasnt to communicate open and honestly but obviouly feel little obligation to do so. They are just trying to shape the message to fit their self serving needs and desired that this whole thing would go away. Let's call it a cover up.

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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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