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Is that a black box? Chinese ship detects pulse in ocean

April 7, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 has picked up a pulse signal in the Indian Ocean on the same frequency as the flight recorder aboard missing Malaysian passenger flight MH370, according to reports at the weekend.

Confusion surrounded the report from China’s state-owned Xinhua news agency, as it did not come from the search centre in Perth. Neither was the the Chinese ship searching in the same area as the other vessels in the hunt. China is apparently operating independently and its ships report back to Beijing, where information is cleared before being released.

The signal Haixun 01 picked up has not been confirmed as related to missing plane, according to China Maritime Search and Rescue Centre. A black box detector deployed by the Haixun 01 picked up a signal with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude in southern Indian Ocean waters Saturday afternoon.

Around the same time, a Chinese air force plane searching for missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area Saturday, Xinhua reported.

The plane photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes.

Debris so far investigated by other ships has proved to be unrelated to the missing plane and probably jettisoned by fishing boats.

Australian search authorities said yesterday the pulse signals were characteristic of an aircraft black box, ABC News said yesterday, but there was no confirmed link to the plane.

“I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area,” Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is in charge of the international search effort, said in Perth. He confirmed the signal had been detected in the search zone almost 2000 kilometres off the West Australian coast.

“The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box.

Houston mentioned the white objects spotted by the aircraft but warned again that there was “no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft”.

Written by Peter Needham

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