Malaysia Airlines: Ship hunting for missing flight MH370 look for more 'pings'

Apr 08, 2014, 08:37 IST | Agencies

Perth: Over 10 military planes, three civil planes and 14 ships will assist in Tuesday's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) for the international search efforts said.

Ocean Shield
A handout photo taken on April 4, 2014, and released on April 5 by Australian Defence shows the towed pinger locator being towed by Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the first search for the missing flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. Pic: AFP

The search area is approximately 77,580 sq km, and good weather is expected throughout the day, Xinhua reported.

According to the JACC, the underwater search continues with Australia's vessel Ocean Shield at the northern end of the defined search area, and Chinese ship Haixun 01 and British HMS Echo at the southern end.

The pulse signals consistent with those from aircraft black box were detected by Ocean Shield and Haixun 01 over the weekend in separate locations at a depth of 4,500 metres undersea. But further confirmation is needed as to whether these detections are related to MH370.

The Malaysian jetliner is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean although no confirmed debris has been found since it went missing on March 8 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

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