MH370-update: Black box signals detected

April 7, 2014 at 14:30 by Jörg Fehlandt in Accidents

Airplanes and ships of several nations are engaged in the search for flight MH370 for already 4 weeks, which is supposed to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Now, the Chinese vessel HAI XUN 01 and the Australian vessel Ocean Shield detected signals with a frequency of 37.5 KHz - the international standard frequency for the underwater locator beacon of airplanes' black boxes.

The vessel HAI XUN 01 during its search mission in the south Indian Ocean.

The search area is far away from any busy waterways.

Until now there is no official confirmation that the located signals belong to the black box of the Malaysian airplane. The vessels and planes currently engaged in the search will be supported by the British ship HMS Echo, which is equipped with special devices to detect the origin of the radio signals, but still underway to the new search area.

The battery of a flight recorder's beacon usually lasts around 30 days. Without receiving any signals it will become even more difficult to locate the black box in the Southern Indian Ocean, with depths of down to 4500 meters.

MH370-update: Black box signals detected

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