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MH370: US Navy says too early to dismiss black box-type signals

Senior officer was ‘premature’ in claiming pings probably came from a search ship or pinger locator itself, says US military. A US pinger locator is fitted to the Australian search ship Ocean Shield. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters The United States Navy has backtracked from comments made by a senior officer that it no longer believed four

Technical Problems Halt Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Search

 The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit a fresh snag on Thursday after it was found the underwater drone at the heart of the operation had been damaged, forcing what could be another lengthy delay. The Australian agency coordinating the search effort, now in its third month, said communications equipment on the Bluefin-21

MH370 Jet Hunt Focus Shifts From Air to Under Sea

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia announced on Monday an end to the search by air for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but he said the underwater search would be intensified and expanded. “It is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface,”

Australia Examines Material Washed Ashore for Link to Missing Jet

 SYDNEY, Australia — Investigators are examining whether material that washed ashore near the southern end of Western Australia is connected to the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, Australian search organizers said on Wednesday. In a separate announcement, the Malaysian government said it had approved the formation of an international investigation team to determine what happened to

Submarine Hunt for Malaysian Plane Aborted After Six Hours

 A submarine scouring the floor of the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysian (MAS) jet had to abort its maiden voyage after descending too deep, providing investigators with less than half the data the equipment was meant to capture. The Bluefin-21 vessel was forced back to the surface by a built-in safety feature after dropping

Malaysia Airlines search heads deep underwater in new phase

 A U.S. Navy underwater drone will be deployed to scour the floor of the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, search officials said on Monday, launching a new phase of the operation after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching. The hunt for flight MH370 will head deep underwater as the batteries in the

MH370 Search: Submarine Deployed as Malaysian Jet Black Box Goes Quiet

 Investigators hunting for the missing Malaysian Air (MAS) jet will deploy an underwater vessel to scan the ocean floor as the absence of new signals suggests the black boxes have run out of power. Australian ship Ocean Shield will send the Bluefin-21 to search in the area where the pings were heard, Angus Houston, who

Searchers consider undersea robot in hunt for MH370

 Australian officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its sixth fruitless week. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227

Missing Flight MH370: With no new signals, Aussie PM sees long jet hunt

 A day after expressing optimism about the hunt for the missing Malaysian jet, Australia’s leader warned Saturday that the massive search would likely continue “for a long time.” “No one should underestimate the difficulties of the task still ahead of us,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in Beijing, on the last day of his China