1.15pm: The Australian Prime Minister will address the world’s media in less than an hour on reports the Black Box of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have been found.
Tony Abbott said Australian authorities were confident they knew of the location of the black box but signals were weakening.
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It comes after a fifth ‘ping’ consistent with that emitted from a Black Box was detected within the search area.
However, search coordinators have contradicted the Prime Ministers comments, saying there has been no major breakthrough in the search.
“(the search area) has been very much narrowed down because we’ve now had a series of detections, some for quite a long period of time,” Abbott told reporters in Beijing on Friday.
“Nevertheless, we’re getting to the stage where the signal from what we are very confident is the black box is starting to fade.”
The Prime Minister said he would not go into any further detail until the scheduled press conference at 2pm.
The jetliner vanished from civilian radar while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.
More to come.