What has been one of the most difficult search and rescue missions in aviation history has just gotten harder.
Officials aboard Australian Vessel, "Ocean Shield" confirmed that the unmanned submarine conducting a search for the plane has gone missing.
Photos and video footage sent up before the submarine was dragged away show a shadowy shape that is hard to identify. It may have been the shadow of the submarine itself but this is difficult to determine.
The wiring, cables and hoses of the submarine snapped when the submarine was supposedly pulled away from the vessel. It is believed that conditions were good and tidal currents were at a minimum when this event occurred.
The submarine was searching an area where the last pings of the black boxes from the aircraft are believed to have been registered.
"We don't want to speculate," stated Angus Houston, one of the senior officials in charge of the search operation before refusing to take any questions on the matter.
Someone that did want to comment on the matter though was Australian Senator Sarah Hansen Young.
"The people have a right to know," she spat enthusiastically to national news media.
"The government is covering this up, my sources who shall remain nameless unequivocally believe that this is the work of the Kracken.
This is entirely plausible because I saw one on one of those pirates of the Caribbean documentaries and those things are massive."
Previously believed to have been a sailor's legend and mythological creature, the learned senator believes that at least one actually exists.
Asked why she was so certain that the Kracken was responsible, Senator Hanson Young replied, "Well it wasn't the Loch Ness Monster was it? Everyone knows that thing can only survive in fresh water."
Detecting snickers from the press gallery, Hanson Young fired up.
"Well if it isn't the kracken, why are they sending in a British Nuclear Submarine?"
When informed by a journalist that the submarine had been en route for several days she remained undeterred.
"Well, that is my point exactly," she responded with a smug look on her face. "The Government obviously knew there was a kracken in the area but had to risk it anyway because time is of the essence. Now they are going to blow it out of the water, Captain Nemo Style."