MH370 China Australia pick up pings

first_imgBoth Australia and China have received acoustic ‘pings’ or signals, which could be broadcasts from the black box of missing Malaysian flight MH370. Australia’s ship Ocean Shield detected one of the ultrasonic ‘pings’ of a frequency the same as that of a flight black box recorder last Sunday, the Guardian reported. Mr Houston said that the search was getting ever closer to where a blackbox signal might be picked up. The Australian detection comes off the back of reports that Chinese search ship Haixun 1 picked up a remote signal last Friday. Mr Houston also said that the satellite data being utilised to determine the flight path and therefore search zone for crash wreckage took second priority to ‘pinger’ leads. “Underwater the environment is quite difficult,” Mr Houston said. “There will be lots of occasions when noises will be transmitted over long distance, depending on the temperature layers in the water.”center_img Relatives of the 229 people on board have had their hopes raised and crushed with several reported sightings of MH370 wreckage. Both detections occurred two kilometres apart. Aviation experts have said that the black box could admit a signal for between another 15-30 days.  Former Australian Defence Chief, Angus Houston, who is leading the international search for the plane, said that the area that Haixun 1 is searching is four and a half kilometres deep, so any recovery operation would be dangerous and highly difficult. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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