The head of the multinational search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane says that electronic pulses reportedly picked up by a Chinese ship are an encouraging sign but stresses they are not yet verified. (April 6)
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Perth, Australia - 6 April 2014
SOUNDBITE (English) Angus Houston, Joint Agency Coordination Centre:
"This morning we were contacted by the Chinese authorities and advised that (search ship) Haizun 01 had late yesterday afternoon redetected the signals for 90 seconds within just 2 kilometres of the original detection. This is an important and encouraging lead but one which I urge you continue to treat carefully. We are working in a very big ocean and within a very large searched area, and so far since the aircraft went missing, we've had very few leads which allows to narrow the search area. (--butt to--)The fact that we had two detections, two acoustic events in that location provides some promise which requires a full investigation of the location."
The head of the multinational search for the missing Malaysia airlines jet says that electronic pulses reportedly picked up by a Chinese ship are an encouraging sign but stresses they are not yet verified.
Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told reporters in Perth that two naval ships with high-technology equipment are being sent to the area where the signals were reported to try to confirm or rule out whether they were from the missing plane's flight recorders.
He says, "This is an important and encouraging lead" but is urging caution in drawing any conclusions before the signals are verified.
He says that the Australian vessel Ocean Shield also is investigating a separate acoustic detection.