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China ship in new plane search zone

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 01:40

Mar.29 - Fresh objects spotted by planes searching for a missing Malaysian passenger jet in a new area of the southern Indian Ocean have again raised hopes of unravelling the three-week old mystery. Sarah Toms reports.

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Chinese aircraft are scouring a new part of the Indian Ocean for a trace of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, which vanished three weeks ago. A Chinese ship is also heading to the scene trying to retrieve some possible debris. Search planes like these spotted several objects on Friday in a new search area, that's more than one thousand kilometres north east of the previous zone. AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "Yesterday was a better day for searching, today I understand is another good day for searching. The weather conditions are benign for that rather inhospitable part of the world. Yesterday as I understand it there were visuals from five aircraft of debris in the ocean. Unfortunately, despite the presence of some six vessels in and around the new search area we have not yet been able to recover any debris so that task continues. We should not underestimate the difficulty of this work . It is an extraordinarily remote location. These are inhospitable seas, it's an inaccessible place. We are trying to find small bits of wreckage in a vast ocean and while we are throwing everything we have at it, the task goes on." Investigators won't know whether the objects are from the missing plane until they've been recovered by ships and examined Retrieving debris can help the search for flight MH370's "black box" recorders before batteries showing their location run out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSEPH KOLLY, DIRECTOR OF NTSB'S OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING, SAYING: "So, once this is separated from the aircraft, it has no power any more, but the pinger or the underwater locator beacon is self-contained battery system in there and they are currently manufactured to last at least thirty days." The aircraft's voice and data "black boxes" could finally solve the mystery of the fate of the Beijing bound Boeing 777, which vanished less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, diverting thousands of kilometres off course.

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China ship in new plane search zone

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 01:40