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Robot to enter NZ mine to take photos, air samples

 RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATIVE CROP - Grieving family members leave after another briefing from Pike River Coal management on the 29 miners and contr...
 The drilling rig arrives near the Pike River coal mine where 29 miners are trapped underground, Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.  Angui...
 Pike River Mine Ltd. Chief Executive Peter Whittall speaks during a media briefing in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relati...
 Pike River Mine Ltd. Chief Executive Peter Whittall speaks during a media briefing in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relati...
 The entrance to the Pike River coal mine is seen in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relatives of 29 workers missing after an...
 The media attend the briefing on the rescue of the 29 miners and contractors trapped in the Pike River Coal mine, Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov...
 The entrance to the Pike River coal mine is cordoned off in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relatives of 29 workers missing ...
 Rescue team stand by the Pike River Coal mine offices,  as 29 workers are still trapped inside the coal mine after an underground explosion,  in Grey...
 Rescue team wait near the Pike River Coal mine offices,  as 29 workers are still trapped inside the coal mine after an underground explosion, in Grey...
 Rescue team stand by the Pike River Coal mine offices,  as 29 workers are still trapped inside the coal mine after an underground explosion,  in Grey...

APTOPIX New Zealand-Mine Explosion

RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATIVE CROP - Grieving family members leave after another briefing from Pike River Coal management on the 29 miners and contr...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

The drilling rig arrives near the Pike River coal mine where 29 miners are trapped underground, Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Angui...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

Pike River Mine Ltd. Chief Executive Peter Whittall speaks during a media briefing in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relati...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

Pike River Mine Ltd. Chief Executive Peter Whittall speaks during a media briefing in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relati...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

The entrance to the Pike River coal mine is seen in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relatives of 29 workers missing after an...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

The media attend the briefing on the rescue of the 29 miners and contractors trapped in the Pike River Coal mine, Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

The entrance to the Pike River coal mine is cordoned off in Greymouth, New Zealand, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Anguished relatives of 29 workers missing ...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

Rescue team stand by the Pike River Coal mine offices, as 29 workers are still trapped inside the coal mine after an underground explosion, in Grey...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

Rescue team wait near the Pike River Coal mine offices, as 29 workers are still trapped inside the coal mine after an underground explosion, in Grey...

New Zealand Mine Explosion

Rescue team stand by the Pike River Coal mine offices, as 29 workers are still trapped inside the coal mine after an underground explosion, in Grey...

Rescue officials are preparing to send a high-tech robot into a mine tunnel to transmit pictures and assess toxic gas levels three days after an explosion left 29 miners missing underground.
Police superintendent Gary Knowles, the rescue controller, said Monday that the New Zealand defense department had upgraded the robot so it would not create a spark and accidentally ignite a fresh explosion in the mine.
But they were still waiting for gas conditions to stabilize further before sending the robot in, Knowles said.
The dangerous gases and underground heat have kept rescue teams from entering the mine ever since the Friday afternoon blast, and there has been no communication with the 29 missing men.


Updated : 2021-10-22 15:27 GMT+08:00