More Pings Detected in Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines Jet
After a day of disappointing news, Australian authorities leading the search for Flight 370 reported that additional signals that could be coming from the ill-fated aircraft’s flight data recorders, known as “black boxes.”
As Wednesday’s hunt began with 14 ships and 15 aircraft in a 30,000-square-mile stretch of ocean located 1,400 miles northwest of Perth, searchers were racing against the clock to locate the flight data and cockpit voice recorders before their emergency beacons die.
The Royal Australian Navy’s Ocean Shield ship has twice been able to reacquire the signals that are consistent with airplane locator beacons, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is managing the search for the missing plane, told reporters.
Air Chief Marshal Houston told reporters that the Ocean Shield has now detected four transmissions in the same general area. The search area is now “reduced and much more manageable.”
“I believe we are searching in the right area,” he said. “I’m now optimistic we’ll find the aircraft or what’s left of the aircraft.”
Once the search area is further refined by the Ocean Shield, searchers will deploy the Bluefin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle to help locate the wreckage.