Australian PM says confident of position of MH370's black box

SHANGHAI Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:05am EDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that searchers were confident they knew the position of the black box flight recorder from a missing Malaysian airliner, but cautioned this was not the same as recovering wreckage.

"We are confident that we know the position of the black box flight recorder to within some kilometers (miles)," he said in a speech in the Chinese commercial capital Shanghai.

"Still, confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recovering wreckage from almost four and a half kilometers beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on the flight."

Malaysia Airlines MASM.KL Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, vanished on March 8 and is believed to have flown thousands of kilometers off its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing route and into the Indian Ocean.

(Reporting by John Ruwitch; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry)