Perth: A number of “encouraging leads” of electronic pulse detected in the southern Indian Ocean today prompted multinational search teams to rush their hi-tech ships to the area to determine if these signals came from the black box of the crashed Malaysian plane.
In the search for the plane in the Indian Ocean, a Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 picked up two signals, one on Friday and another yesterday, that were only 2 kilometers apart, authorities said.
Two naval ships carrying sophisticated deep-sea black box detectors are being sent to the area off western Australia where the pulses were reported to try to confirm or rule out whether they were from the missing plane's flight recorders, Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told reporters.
“This is an important and encouraging lead,” said Houston, the head of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) which is leading the search.
The electronic pulses were consistent with those emitted by the pingers on an aircraft's flight data and voice recorders, he said, but haven't been verified as coming from Flight MH370.