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Ships haven't picked up any further signals related to Malaysia jet

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:51

April 8 - Officials say vessels haven't picked up further signals from the black box recorders of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner and time is running out to narrow the massive search. Sarah Toms reports.

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A U.S. Navy P8 Poseidon leaves Perth International Airport to begin another day searching for the Malaysia airliner jet, which went missing on March 8th. There have been around 133 missions like this one, hunting for debris from Flight MH370 in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean. 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, 1,500 kilometres west of Perth. A massive international operation -- in both air and sea -- is hunting for answers about what happened to the jet and the 239 people on board. Here video shows a U.S. Navy "towed pinger locator" onboard an Australian ship picking up possible transmissions from the black box recorders...but no further signals have been traced since the weekend. Coordinator, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said the search had to be narrowed before an underwater vehicle could look for wreckage on the sea floor. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF COORDINATOR OF THE JOINT AGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "It is a large area for a small submersible that has a very narrow field of search and of course it's literally crawling along the bottom of the ocean. So it's going to take a long, long time. That's why it's so important to try and get another transmission." . (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF COORDINATOR OF THE JOINT AGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "Funny things happen to transmissions in water. Some of the false leads that we've had have been actually transmissions from the ship that was actually searching and it got its own transmissions back again." And time is running out as the search vessels race to detect the black boxes before their batteries die and the flight recorders go silent.

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Ships haven't picked up any further signals related to Malaysia jet

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:51