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 aol.com
“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…