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Pings return – new hope for finding MH370 black box

April 10, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The teams hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have picked up more signals that could be consistent with “black box” flight recorders, giving new hope that the vital equipment from the doomed B777 may be found before too long.

An Australian vessel heard the signals again yesterday, after earlier signals had been analysed by experts who concluded they were from “specific electronic equipment” – meaning flight recorders.

Flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March, carrying 239 people and the search for it has continued ceaselessly ever since. While the searchers have repeatedly said money is not an issue, the search is estimated to be costing the Australian Defence Force roughly a million dollars a day.

“I believe we are searching in the right area,” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said yesterday. Houston is heading the joint agency co-ordinating the search. Striking an encouraging note, he added: “I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not too distant future.”

Australian vessel Ocean Shield has been towing a US Navy pinger locator to listen for signals. The searchers are keen also to visually identify aircraft wreckage. They say this is essential to confirm with certainty that the Southern Indian Ocean area west of Perth being searched is indeed the final resting place of flight MH370.

Written by : Peter Needham

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