MH370: Australian navy ship detects signals consistent to black box

AN Australian navy ship searching for the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean has identified signals consistent with that of an aircraft’s black box.

Former Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston is leading the search operation out of Perth and said the Ocean Shield had detected two signals approximately 4,500 metres beneath the ocean’s surface. He said the ‘pings’ were picked up less than 2km apart.

Mr Houston described the latest detections as the “most promising lead so far”, however stressed they were still to be verified.


“The first detection was held for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes,” Mr Houston said. “We are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be.”

“The lead we’ve got at the moment is worth following through to the fullest extent.”

Today’s detection comes two days after a Chinese ship also picked up possible electronic signals.

It’s a race against time with the black box’s battery life nearing the end of its life-span.

In total, nine military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 14 ships were expected to take part in today’s search operation.

A number of planes and vessels have been deployed to verify whether the underwater signals are in fact from the airliners black box.

The Boeing 777 bound for Beijing vanished from civilian radar shortly after departing Kuala Lumpur on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.