Technical issues: Chinese MH370 search ship returns to port

The massive Indian Ocean search for the Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people has so far failed to find any sign of the Boeing 777.

Technical issues: Chinese MH370 search ship returns to port

The massive Indian Ocean search for the Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people has so far failed to find any sign of the Boeing 777.

A Chinese ship mapping the ocean floor ahead of an intensive underwater search for missing Flight MH370 was returning to port on Saturday due to a technical problem, officials said.

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The Chinese survey ship, Zhu Kezhen, was conducting a bathymetric survey – or mapping of the ocean floor – to help experts determine how to carry out the next stage of the search on the previously unmapped ocean seabed.

“Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and is coming into port to conduct the necessary repairs,” Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre said in a statement.

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