Skip to comments.Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australian Ship Picks Up Signals Consistent With 'Black Box' Pings
Posted on 04/07/2014 7:20:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Australian navy picked up extended underwater signals in the search zone for Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU +2.44% Flight 370, in what authorities said Monday was the best lead yet in the hunt for the missing jet's "black box" flight recorders.
The naval ship Ocean Shieldfitted with U.S. Navy black-box detector equipment able to pick up signals far beneath the ocean surfacehas been searching an area of the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia for nearly two days. Investigators believe the area is the most likely spot where the plane may have run out of fuel, more than a thousad miles from the nearest airport, after disappearing from civilian radar on March 8.
The first of the signals late at night on Saturday local time was held for more than two hours, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading the multinational search, said Monday. On a return trip along the same path early Sunday, two distinct "pinger" signals were detected and held for about 13 minutes.
"Significantly this would be consistent with transmission from both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder," Air Chief Marshal Houston said. "Clearly this is a most promising lead and probably in the search so far. The audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon."
The potential breakthrough comes despite the failure so far of a multinational team of military aircraft to spot any debris related to Flight 370 on the surface of the ocean in more than two weeks. Instead, investigators have relied on radar, satellite communications and other data to plot where they believe plane likely went down.
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Wow, they pay folks to write this drivel?
Don't all "breakthroughs" come in the midst of failures?
Anyway, the batteries on the FDR are close to dead, hope they find it soon.
They seem to have found it, already.
They still have to narrow down the search to the actual plane, but I watched the news conference last night and I believe they’re now actually hearing the plane.
Just my opinion however. Could be wrong.
I think the batteries in the reporter’s brains have far exceeded their shelf life or ability to transmit anything meaningful.
So sad for the families they will never know.
Oh good, we’re back to the daily “best lead yet” stories. I knew there was something missing from my life last week.
The beat-the-clock/find-the-ping plot device is a nice new wrinkle. Very creative storytelling.
I’m not a rocket scientist but it seems to me that they should place a transponder in these black boxes... you put the transponder on a low voltage standby until it receives the challenge pulses then it “wakes up” and it can begin a full power transmit of its response...
<> Investigators believe the area is the most likely spot where the plane may have run out of fuel<>
Not according to this:
It would mean that the plane flew a shorter distance, at a slower speed, and was probably scuttled closer to land with fuel still in the tank.
If all this was done on purpose - wouldn’t they have yanked out the black box and voice recorder and dumped them somehow somewhere where the plane isn’t?
Can a plane like that dump something overboard with no regard to passengers?
BS; this is just cover for them to create the scenario that the batteries expired and we can BE ASSURED that it is in the Indian Ocean. Why should we doubt the Chinese?
I was listening to the news this morning and I believe the Australians have identified the pinger on two scanning runs. They’re hoping for a third contact to triangulate more accurately but I think they’ve got it narrowed down to a three square mile area. Still a lot of territory to search to locate the recorders but better than before.
Do the Chinese people find the word “Ping” racist? Just checking.
Maybe because it's the Australians who made the contact?
One thing I have not heard (anyone) talk about thusfar, in the entire month since the crash, assuming the plane for sake of this discussion actually crashed, is there is an otherwise ignored ship, well-equipped to find sonar sources:
Just saying. Submarines. Lots of countries have lots of submarines, and it would seem to me some are in that area.
Granted the submarines in that area are likely strategic (from several countries) so nobody is going to divulge what they’ve heard where, at least directly.
But I bet they’ve heard more that they’re releasing thus far. I believe they’ve found the plane.
I don’t think I will believe anything until they have video of part of the hull being hoisted out of the water.
This is so far so wrong so often, I’ll have doubt when they show us the black box. I’ve quit following it for now.
I am glad it is the Australians.
I don't trust the Chinese claiming to have picked up the signal many thousands of feet away, while allegedly using a hand held device, according to the manufacturer, good for 600 feet,
Also the Chinese went rogue and were not in the designated search area.
If the Chinese actually did pick up a signal it was probably from a more sophisticated device on the main ship, and they were using the hand held hydrophone as a decoy to prevent giving away their more sophisticated equipment.
These alleged Chinese and Australian pings are hundreds of miles apart. -Tom
RE: Do the Chinese people find the word Ping racist? Just checking.
I don’t think they will ( and believe me, I speak the language having lived and worked in Taiwan for sometimes ).
Chinese is a “tonal” language where the meaning of a word depends on the tone you put in it.
So “ping” could mean different things in Mandarin ( depending on the tone ).
It could mean “spell”, “balance”, “vase”, etc.
So, how could you put a racist connotation to it?
FDR use non-volatile memory (I think modern ones use flash RAM) that do not lose their data when the power goes off. So as long as they can recover the FDR, they should be able to extract the data off of it.
Sounds like you're very close to COMPLETELY discounting the "black hole" theory...