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Australia sends vessels to continue search for flight MH370


05-22-2014 16:05 BJT

Full coverage: Malaysia Airlines Plane Bound for Beijing Goes Missing

Australia says it's sending search vessels back to an area where "four acoustic transmissions," believed to be from the missing plane, were detected in South Indian Ocean in April.

Angus Houston, Head of Joint Agency Coordination Center, said, "Well, all four pings, transmissions if you like, are still being analyzed and it’s still too early to discount any of them, so there has been a review of all the data that’s been ongoing for the last few weeks and we are ensuring that nothing has been overlooked and that everything has been considered and at some time in the future we will make an announcement of what we’ve got out of that extensive and very robust process of review."

Houston said the autonomous underwater vehicle, Bluefin-21, onboard the Ocean Shield, is being deployed again in the Southern Indian Ocean search area. The Ocean Shield will be joined by a Chinese survey ship which is due to start mapping the seabed off Western Australia this week.

On Tuesday, Malaysia said it would publicly release satellite data used to narrow down the search to the southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysian government says calculations using British company Inmarsat data showed Flight MH370 veered off course and ended in the Indian Ocean. The plane went missing on March 8th en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board. No wreckage has been found in months of searching.

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