Missing Jet

Tropical Cyclone Jack Threatens Hunt for Missing Flight MH370

PERTH, Australia - A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for missing Flight MH370 in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission with no sign of wreckage.

The search for Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 6.2 square mile patch of sea floor about 1,200 miles west of the Australian city of Perth.

The U.S. Navy-owned robotic sub Bluefin-21 was on its ninth mission scanning the largely unmapped stretch of sea bed where pings from a possible "black box" may have been heard.

Image: Bluefin-21 is craned into southern Indian Ocean on April 16
Bluefin-21 is craned from an Australian ship into the southern Indian Ocean on April 16. LSIS Bradley Darvill / EPA

Authorities said that the search, which has so far been largely unimpeded by weather, may be affected as Tropical Cyclone Jack continued to move south over the ocean.

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"Widespread showers are developing with isolated thunderstorms to the north and east south-easterly winds," the Joint Agency Coordination Center said in a statement addressing the weather forecast for the search area.

- Reuters