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A pinger locator sits on an Australian ship in the southern Indian Ocean during the search for the black box of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photograph: Reuters
A pinger locator on an Australian ship during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

After many reports, it has taken weeks to pinpoint a specific area where planes and ships are now scouring. That area is the southern Indian Ocean, where the airliner is believed to have crashed. The focus of the search is a 221,000 sq km (85,000 sq mile) area 1,500km (932 miles) west of Perth, Australia.
With less than 48 hours remaining as the unofficial time that the black box batteries stop emitting its’ strong pinging signal, the rush is on to locate the downed plane.
A number of countries from around the world have come together to locate the Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people.
As of late, news has surfaced that three independent sources have heard transitory sounds in the search area that are consistent with those produced by a black box. These sounds have caused new optimism for the families and people around the world who have been on pins and needles since the initial disappearance.
According to
“Three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean offered new hope Sunday in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as officials rushed to determine whether they were signals from the plane’s black boxes before their beacons fall silent.

The head of the multinational search being conducted off Australia’s west coast confirmed that a Chinese ship had picked up electronic pulsing signals twice in a small patch of the search zone, once on Friday and again on Saturday.

On Sunday, an Australian ship carrying sophisticated deep-sea sound equipment picked up a third signal in a different part of the massive search area.

“This is an important and encouraging lead, but one which I urge you to treat carefully,” retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search, told reporters in Perth.”
Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available. Ping, Ping, Ping…


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There are increasingly more questions than answers in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that was itinerant to Beijing more than a week ago. With the world watching, more than sixteen countries are currently searching for clues as to its’ whereabouts.
Speculation that the vanishing of this jetliner was not accidental has practically been confirmed at this juncture. The latest chapter of this saga now includes a refocused investigation into the crew and passengers on board. Early Saturday, a Malaysian official indicated that the plane had been hijacked.
As the story unfolds, authorities have speculated that someone with tremendous knowledge and flying experience had to deactivate the plane’s communication systems. Many theories are prevalent including the possibility that one of the pilots was on a suicide mission. Reports have surfaced that officials have gone to the homes of both the pilot and co-pilot. No official word on the outcome of that part of the investigation has been released.
The plane was carrying 239 people when it departed for an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing at 12:40 a.m. on March 8. Its communications with civilian air controllers were severed at about 1:20 a.m., and the jet went missing.
Malaysian officials are asking the following countries to provide further assistance in the search for the aircraft, including satellite data and analysis, ground-search capabilities, radar data, and maritime and air assets. The countries are Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and France.
Nothing is being ruled out at this point of the investigation. Perhaps we’ll never know what happened but with the level of technology that exists in the world today, it is almost certain that clues will emerge. Stay tuned……….