MH370: No breakthrough in search effort for missing aircraft

1104An initial assessment of the possible signal detected by a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft yesterday afternoon is not being linked to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.

“The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” said chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

“Today Ocean Shield is continuing more focussed sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals that may be related to the aircraft’s black boxes. It is vital to glean as much information as possible while the batteries on the underwater locator beacons may still be active,” he said. “The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield, with three more missions planned for today.”

Houston added that a decision as to when to deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be made on advice from experts on board the Ocean Shield and could be some days away.

“On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370. I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available,” he said, adding that further analysis continues to be undertaken by Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott said the first two of four signals detected by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield are consistent with those from aircraft flight recorders.

“We have very much narrowed down the search area and we are very confident the signals are from the black box,” Abbott said in Shanghai.

“It’s been very much narrowed down because we’ve now had a series of detections, some for quite a long period of time. Nevertheless, we’re getting to the stage where the signal from what we are very confident is the black box is starting to fade.”

Up to 12 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 13 ships will assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned two search areas in close proximity totalling about 46,713 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2312 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for today is 10–15 knot southerly winds with isolated showers, seas swells of 1 to 1.5 metres and visibility of five kilometres in showers.

Yesterday there were no sightings reported by search aircraft or objects recovered by ships.

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