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Australia says new "pings" best lead yet in Malaysia jet search

Monday, Apr 07, 2014 - 01:42

April 7 - An Australian ship searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner picks up signals consistent with the beacons from aircraft black box recorders. Sarah Toms reports.

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It's a race against time to find the black box of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet before the flight recorder's batteries run out in the next few hours. This Chinese search vessel is trying to trace signals emitted by the recorder before it goes silent. Haixun 01, briefly reported hearing signals over the weekend in this remote part of the southern Indian Ocean. But while the investigation here continues, an Australian vessel has detected signals in another search area more than 1,500 km west of Perth. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF COORDINATOR OF THE JOINT AGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "The towed pinger locator deployed from the Australian defence vessel 'Ocean Shield' has detected signals consistent with those emitted by aircraft black boxes. Two separate signal detections have occurred within the northern part of the defined search area." Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading the search, said the information must be treated cautiously. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF COORDINATOR OF THE JOINT AGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "Clearly, this is a most promising lead and probably in the search so far, it's probably the best information that we have had. And again I would ask all of you to treat this information cautiously and responsibly until such time as we can provide an unequivocal determination." But while vessels attempt to track the black box, search aircraft are still trying to find wreckage of the plane, which disappeared on March 8th. On Monday, Australian and Chinese planes return to the small military base in western Australia after another unsuccessful mission. Not a single piece of wreckage has yet been found, but officials have concluded - based on satellite data - that it ended its flight in the sea.

Australia says new "pings" best lead yet in Malaysia jet search

Monday, Apr 07, 2014 - 01:42

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