MH370 BLACK BOXES: PING… PING… PING

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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 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…

MAYAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 370 VANISHES INTO THIN AIR

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has still yielded no results. It was three days ago when the flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members vanished while leaving no trace of its’ whereabouts. The flight took off from Kuala Lumpur shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday (1 p.m. Friday ET). According to reports, squads of investigators from many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, the United States, China and Singapore have been in a frantic pursuit to locate this missing airliner. Apparently since there have been no leads, the search has been expanded to include a larger portion of the Gulf of Thailand between Vietnam and Malaysia.
Yesterday there were reports that an oil slick that was found was thought to give the searchers hope of finding the missing aircraft but that turned out to be fuel oil that is usually used in airships.

According to CNN “The focus has now shifted to the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s border, after radar data indicated the plane may have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur.
But the pilot apparently gave no signal to authorities that he was turning around.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., planes flew over the vast waters. Ships searched through the night.”

Discussion is still underway about people believed to be on the plane using stolen passports.
Rob Broomby reports:
“Two passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were travelling on stolen passports, officials have confirmed.
The passengers – travelling with Italian and Austrian passports that had been stolen in Thailand – purchased their plane tickets at the same time, and were both booked on the same onward flight from Beijing to Europe on Saturday.
But how were they able to board the plane with the invalid documents?”
How they were able to board the plane with invalid passports is a discussion that will be held for a long time coming.