Family Members Of Missing Submarine Crew Slam Argentine Authorities

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An object detected by a US Navy plane near the area where a missing Argentinian submarine sent its last signal is "not the lost sub", officials said.

Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi described the blast in the morning of 15 November as "abnormal, singular, short, violent" and "non-nuclear".

He said seven ships are mapping the bottom of the ocean where the submarine might be found and that weather conditions are expected to worsen Sunday.

But citing respect for the families, navy spokesman Enrique Balbi declined to say anything to confirm the now-common belief that the crew had perished.

Concerns about the crew's fate have set off a fierce political debate in a society sharply divided between supporters of President Mauricio Macri and opposition Peronists, who have been quick to find fault with the government's response.

The news was sorely received by relatives of the San Juan crew members.

Relatives of crew express their grief outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on Friday.

Friday, Balbi said he wouldn't entertain speculation about where the San Juan is, despite knowing roughly where the noise came from. "We don't know what caused an explosion of these characteristics at this site on this date", Albi said.

A member of the U.S. Navy, aboard the Boing P-8A Poseidon aircraft, looks down at the South Atlantic Ocean during the search for the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, Argentina Nov. 22, 2017.

Argentine Naval spokesperson Captain Gabriel Galeazzi said on Tuesday that it was "an arduous task, it is not simple and takes time".

The navy did not have enough information to say what the cause of the explosion could have been or whether the vessel might have been attacked, Balbi said.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), an worldwide body that runs a global network of listening posts created to check for secret atomic blasts, detected the explosion.

The development came as the clock was ticking down on hopes of finding alive the 44 crew members now missing for a week despite a massive search of surface and seabed, amid fears their oxygen had run out.

However, Balbi said at the time it was highly unlikely the sounds were from the missing vessel and had likely come from a "biological" source.

It's called the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, and one of its jobs is to scan the globe for signs of explosions.

From the window of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon airplane taking part in an global search for a missing Argentine submarine, the glistening vastness of the South Atlantic stretches in every direction.

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