MH370 Found? Video of Plane's Recovery Goes Viral, Chinese Ship Gets Signal
By Lou Ramon Aguila | April 7, 2014 10:55 PM EST
Searching the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been month. Retrieval efforts have not found anything groundbreaking in their attempt to recover the ill-fated passenger jetliner.
Malaysian authorities have finally confirmed that the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been 'lost' and all 239 passengers and crew members onboard are 'assumed dead'.
Video of the MH370 retrieval operation caught the attention of thousand users on several social media platforms igniting debates about its validity.
Real Score on MH370
Express UK reported Chinese Ship Haixun detected a pulse signal in the Indian Ocean for the second time on Saturday. Australian Coordinators Head Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said the pulse signal was transmitting on a frequency of 37.5 kHz per second, which was similar to that transmitted by the flight recorder from MH370.
"I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area. The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box," Angus said during the press briefing on Saturday.
He confirmed there were white objects spotted floating roughly 90 kilometers from where Haixun detected the pulse signal.
"A number of white objects were also sighted on the surface about 90 kilometres from the detection area," Angus, who has been leading Australia's effort to help recover wreckage of Boeing 777, said.
Race Against Time
Chris Yates, British aviation expert, believed search and retrieval teams are in a race against time because the battery on black boxes usually runs out of power after 30 days. But he is optimistic the signal received by the Chinese ship recently will be key in finally discovering the mysteries surrounding the Malaysian Airlines MH370.
"It's very good fortune, I have to say. I can't think of anything else it can be other than the aircraft's black box," Yates said during the press conference via Express UK.
"The Chinese ship has used what is effectively an underwater microphone dangled down to a depth that has picked up a signal indicating the device is there."
"Batteries on black boxes are rated to run for 30 days. It's not a hard shut-off but over time the battery bio-degrades. Once those pings start to fade and stop, it is hundreds of times more difficult to find the wreckage because we have very little positional data from the aircraft."
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