PERTH, Australia — As the search continued off Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline revealed that another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff.
All 159 passengers and seven crew members arrived safely back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, about 2 a.m. Monday, four hours after the plane took off for Bangalore.
The incident added drama to an airline already under pressure for answers from the public and the families of those missing from Flight 370 more than six weeks after it departed the same airport.
A robotic submarine continued scouring a desolate patch of silt-covered seafloor in the Indian Ocean for any trace of the missing plane.
The unmanned sub has spent nearly a week searching for the plane’s black boxes and has covered about two-thirds of its focused search area. But it has yet to uncover any clues that could shed light on the plane’s mysterious disappearance.
The US Navy’s Bluefin-21, made in Quincy, Mass., has made eight trips below the surface to scan the seabed far off the coast of western Australia, journeying beyond its recommended depth of 2.8 miles.
Its search area forms a 6-mile radius around the location of an underwater signal that was believed to have come from the aircraft’s black boxes.