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Expert: Signals likely from missing jet, need verification

Reporter: Zhang Nini 丨 CCTV.com

04-07-2014 07:36 BJT

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A Chinese aviation expert says the signals detected by a Chinese patrol ship could come from the missing Malaysian jet, though verifying it could takes much longer.

The Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 was in the southern Indian Ocean when the crew reportedly picked up a signal at 37.5 Khz per second.

The ping was detected on Friday and Saturday, with the longest lasting over ten minutes.

The frequency is identical to that of the aircraft black box.

"I think the signal is very likely to be emitted by the black box of the missing jet. False signals can come from animals and shipping noises. But marine life often gives out varying frequencies within a certain range, and is often random. Whereas this signal is regular and consistent." Wang Yanan, Deputy Director Journal of Aerospace Knowledge said, "If we can prove that the signal is coming from a fixed location, we can rule out the possibility of marine life. There’s a bigger chance that it’s from the jet."

The optimism is not shared by international experts, who said further verification is needed.

"I m a little skeptical......for a few minutes." Captain Tom Bunn, President of Soar said.

A black box keeps a record of cockpit voices for about 2 hours, and up to 25 hours of flight data. This makes it vital to any investigation.

Locating it often means the bulk of the wreckage is nearby.

The battery in the black box lasts about thirty days, and Sunday is the last day.

Wang says the flight recorders won’t immediately fall silent, but the signal is weakening day by day.

In the choppy waters of the Indian Ocean, the crew are in a desperate race against the clock.

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