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Suspected Black Box signals reacquired in missing Malaysia plane MH370 search

Kuala Lumpur, Apr 9 (): The search teams looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 have reacquired signals that could be matched with “black box” flight recorders.

Sound-locating instruments on board the vessel Ocean Shield acquired the signals on two instances, the retired Australian air chief marshal, Angus Houston, who is leading the search process far off the Australia’s west coast, said.

Houston said a U.S. Navy towed pinger locator has acquired the signal. The signal was acquired in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday afternoon for 5 minutes, and later Tuesday for about 7 minutes. The search crews believe that the reacquired underwater signal could belong to the black box of the missing Malaysian plane. The search works are ongoing to enhance the search area before a submersible could be sent down, he said.

However, Houston said that the efforts put in to scan the ocean floor could be hindered by major amount of deposit, which may hide the wreckage and may make the visual search of the wreckage and black box “very difficult.”

The newly acquired signals have allowed the search crews to narrow down the search area into a more manageable size.

Flight MH370 went missing on 8 March with 239 people on board. It was travelling to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur when it disappeared from the sight of radars and lost communication with the air traffic controllers.

Based on the satellite data received, Malaysian officials believe the jetliner ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean, thousands of kilometres from its planned flight path.

Still wreckage have to be located for the authorities to identify for sure that the place assumed is the final resting place of the plane, Young said. But, now the reacquired signals gives a new turning point in the search of the missing Malaysian airliner,that is turning out to be a challenging task.