Miss­ing plane search has ‘best lead so far’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Aus­tralian ves­sel search­ing for the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines plane has de­tected sig­nals con­sis­tent with those from “black box” flight recorders.

The Ocean Shield ship picked up the sig­nal twice, once for more than two hours, said An­gus Hous­ton, a re­tired air chief mar­shal leading the search.

He called it the “most promis­ing lead” so far. But he said more in­for­ma­tion was needed: “We haven’t found the air­craft yet and we need fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion.”

Malaysia’s act­ing trans­port min­is­ter, Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein, said he had been briefed by Air Chief Mar­shal Hous­ton and was “cau­tiously hope­ful that there will be a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment in the next few days if not hours”.

The plane, car­ry­ing 239 people, was fly­ing from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing on 8 March when it dis­ap­peared. Malaysian of­fi­cials say they be­lieve it crashed in the south­ern In­dian Ocean.

ACM Hous­ton said the sig­nals were de­tected us­ing the towed pinger lo­ca­tor de­ployed on the Ocean Shield.

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