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Aviation expert: Black box battery may have run out


04-13-2014 17:45 BJT

Full coverage: Malaysia Airlines Plane Bound for Beijing Goes Missing

It’s now been 37 days since Beijing-bound flight MH-370 vanished, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. Optimism now seems to be waning in the search for the plane’s black box, with no new audio signals heard since last Tuesday. On Saturday we spoke to an aviation expert concerning the battery of the black box.

"It sounds as though the battery life has come to an end. It’s certified for 30 days, we’re now into day 36. It’s not likely it’s going to last much more. So the fact that we haven’t heard anything for 2 or 3 days, 3 or 4 days, indicates that possibly it’s past its life," said Geoffrey Thomas, aviation expert.

Despite no new signals being picked up, crews continued their search for debris and pings on Sunday. The underwater search zone is currently a 1,300 square-kilometre patch of the seabed. Once officials are confident no more sounds will be heard, a robotic submersible will be sent down to slowly scour for wreckage in extremely deep waters.

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