#MH370 Update: More underwater pings detected during Sunday search

April 6, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Have the searchers located the black boxes?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Good morning:

I have two new facts to report about the search for MH370.

(1) Angus Houston, the chief coordinator for the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre has confirmed that another vessel detected pings underwater during the Sunday search. Astro Awani reports:

PERTH: Another pulse signal was detected in the southern Indian Ocean today by Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

Earlier a Chinese ship, Haixun 01, detected two short pulse signals also known as acoustic signal 36 hours ago on Friday and in the afternoon on Saturday.

[The two locations where the Chinese ship detected the pings are 1.2 miles apart]

Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) chief coordinator, Angus Houston said up till now there was no verification whether to discount or to confirm the finding as the investigation was ongoing.

“HMS Echo is on its way to the Haixun 01 ship area while Ocean Shield is investigating the signal using underwater equipment,” he told a press conference here today.

He said the location between Haixun 01 and Ocean Shield is about 300 nautical miles.

Houston described the Ocean Shield as the best ship for the task as it was equipped with towed pinger and remotely operated underwater vehicle.

He, however, cautioned the verification of the signals could take several days and pointed out that search could be painstaking as the depth of the ocean in the area was about 4.5 km as well as other challenges.

(2) Malaysian officials are claiming that the flight skirted the limits of radar detection before turning south into the Indian Ocean. Astro Awani reports:

KUALA LUMPUR: The missing MH370 is believed to have flown around the Indonesia airspace on its way to the southern Indian Ocean, a senior Malaysian government official told CNN, Sunday.

The plane is believed to have skirted the Indonesian airspace to avoid radar detection, CNN reported.

This conclusion was drawn after looking at radar data from neighbouring countries, the official was quoted.

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