Signal falls silent, hope fades in search
HOPE sparked by last week’s “promising lead” in the search for the wreckage of missing flight MH370 appeared to be fading on Sunday night as search teams prepared for another gruelling week at sea.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters last week he was encouraged by reports four electronic pings had been heard but, by the weekend, the signals had fallen silent.
Speaking to reporters in China, Mr Abbott said “no one should underestimate the difficulties of the task”.
Widespread media reports that the flight’s co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid had tried to make a call on his mobile as the plane passed Penang, after communication signals had been switched off, were yet to be confirmed.
SEARCH CONTINUES: Teams spend another week at sea in the search for MH370.