Chinese, Australian ships try to verify potential "pings" from Malaysian jet
Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 01:21
April 6 - Authorities are racing to confirm that the ''pings'' are coming from the plane's black box before the recorder's batteries die. Mana Rabiee reports.
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First one "ping", then another.
A Chinese ship searching for missing Malayasi Airlines Flight 370 detected a second fleeting "ping" on Sunday.
Both sounds came from near where investigators think the plane went down on March 8 in the Indian Ocean.
Also on Sunday, the Australian defense ship Ocean Field detected a separate acoustic signal.
But that one came from a different part of the vast search area, some 300 nautical miles away.
Both vessels are trying to verify if the sounds came from the missing plane's black box recorder.
The Chinese say the two pings had the same unique frequency reserved specifically for black box recorders.
But they caution, too, that time to locate the plane's black box is running out.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SURVEY CAPTAIN FROM THE SHANGHAI MARITIME CENTRE OF SURVEYING AND MAPPING, ZHANG LIANG, SAYING:
"These few days are crucial for locating the black box. The main problem is the battery of the underwater locator beacon of the black box may run out after April 6, which could pose more difficulties in finding the black box."
More planes and ships are being sent to assist in the search area.
239 people were on board the plane when it disappeared.
Both China and Australia say the there's no conclusive evidence linking the recent signals to the missing Boeing 777.
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