China ship hears 'signal'; unclear if Malaysia Airlines MH370 related

Apr 06 2014, 01:53 IST
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A black box detector deployed by the ship, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5 kilohertz (cycles per second), the report said. A black box detector deployed by the ship, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5 kilohertz (cycles per second), the report said.
SummaryA Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a 'pulse signal''

A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a "pulse signal'' Saturday in Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane's data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up in the search for the jet.

Military and civilian planes, ships with deep-sea searching equipment and a British nuclear submarine scoured a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast, in an increasingly urgent hunt for debris and the "black box'' recorders that hold vital information about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's last hours.

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After weeks of fruitless looking, officials face the daunting prospect that sound-emitting beacons in the flight and voice recorders will soon fall silent as their batteries die after sounding electronic "pings'' for a month.

China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that a Chinese ship that is part of the search effort detected a "pulse signal'' in southern Indian Ocean waters. Xinhua, however, said it had not yet been determined whether the signal was related to the missing plane, citing the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.

A black box detector deployed by the ship, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5 kilohertz (cycles per second), the report said.

Malaysia's civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, said that the frequency emitted by of Flight 370's black boxes were 37.5 kilohertz and that authorities were verifying the report. The Australian government agency coordinating the search would not immediately comment on it.

John Goglia, a former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board member, called the report "exciting,'' but cautioned that "there is an awful lot of noise in the ocean.''

"One ship, one ping doesn't make a success story,'' he said. "It will have to be explored. I guarantee you there are other resources being moved into the area to see if it can be verified.''

The Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people aboard. So far, no trace of the jet has been found.

Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's defense minister and acting transport minister, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that the cost of mounting the search was immaterial compared to providing solace for the families of those on board by establishing what happened.

"I can only speak for Malaysia, and Malaysia will not stop looking for MH370,'' Hishammuddin said.

He said an independent investigator would be appointed to lead

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