Pings 'Consistent With Black Boxes'
Search chief: This is best Flight 370 lead yet
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2014 1:09 AM CDT
Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston speaks to the media during a press conference in Perth, Australia.    (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

(Newser) – With time about to run out in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's data recorders, authorities say they've had what appears to be the best lead yet. Officials say an Australian vessel has detected pings consistent with the signals from aircraft black boxes, the BBC reports. The Ocean Shield ship, which is towing a pinger locator, has detected two distinct pinger returns, which "would be consistent with transmissions from both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder," search chief Angus Houston told reporters.

The ship is still in the area trying to reacquire the signal and Houston warns that it could be days before the signals can be confirmed as coming from the missing jet, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. "This is not the end of the search, we still have a lot of painstaking work to confirm this is where the aircraft entered the water," he said. "We need more evidence. It’s very deep water, it's very difficult." When the position is fixed, the ship will lower an underwater drone to search for wreckage.

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Apr 7, 2014 11:35 AM CDT
Even if they confirm it's down there. No way they can find a plane in 3 miles of water and the homing beacon only has 10 days left on its battery. So long as they can confirm some debris I would call that a win. Unlikely to ever get the BB / recorder out of there.
Apr 7, 2014 9:27 AM CDT
I think that the location of this plane has been known since it first "disappeared" but no country wanted to say precisely where to find it for fear of giving away the technology it has. The passengers unfortunately became collateral damage once the powers to be of the various countries decided that if they had crashed there would likely be no survivors anyway. Think about it, we the public have been told for years that there are satellites that can read tag numbers of cars but you want us to believe that an aircraft could not be located even if it tried to evade detection? Come on we all know that "Big Brother" is and has been watching for some time now.
Apr 7, 2014 8:35 AM CDT
I bet the next thing they will claim is "bad weather" and the ship can't keep going for a while. It is amazing how ALL country's involved in the search dragging there feet to make sure they don't find the plane. Something "stinks" on the whole airplane story.