Australian PM says searchers confident of position of MH370's black boxes
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:59
April 11- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says search and rescue officials in Australia are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Sarah Toms reports.
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A U.S. Navy P8 Poseidon taxis along the tarmac at Perth International airport to join the search for missing Malaysia airliner, which vanished more than a month ago.
On Friday, as many as 15 aircraft and 13 ships are involved in the search operation in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean, where officials believe Flight MH370 crashed.
As planes comb a large search zone, thousands of kilometres west of Australia, for possible floating debris, ships are focussing on a smaller area where signals have been picked up consistent with the jet's flight recorders.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says teams are confident the signals are from the black boxes.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:
"We have very much narrowed down the search area and we are very confident that the signals that we are detecting are from the black box on MH370."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOT SAYING
"We are confident that we know the position of the black box flight recorder to within some kilometres. But confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recovering wreckage from almost four and a half kilometres beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on the flight."
Ships continue to listen for acoustic signals, although authorities have admitted that the most recent signal picked up by a plane on Thursday is now thought unlikely to be linked to flight MH370.
Vessels will use the towed pinger locator to track transmissions until officials are sure the black-box batteries - which last about a month - have run out.
Once they die, a subersible drone will be sent down to the Ocean floor for wreckage. But this will be a be a laborious and pain-staking task made difficult by silt.....and it will be a long time before anyone is any closer to knowing what happened to Flight MH370 and the 239 people on board.
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