Today is the 30th day and possibly the last day to detect any signal from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The nearly month-long search to detect pulses from the pingers of the plane’s flight and communications boxes has led an international search to find the plane to the southern Indian Ocean, west of Australia. The batteries in the plane’s boxes run out in 30 days. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 8th. It had 239 people on board and was headed to Beijing, China.
Government officals using radar data concluded the plane flew north of Indonesia and then south toward the Indian Ocean, CNN.com reports, as the search operations continue in the Indian Ocean.
An Australian naval vessel, the Ocean Shield, with sophisticated listening equipment detected “an acoustic noise” in another area of the Indian Ocean, CNN reports. The British HMS Echo equipped with advanced detection devices also is on its way to where a Chinese ship picked up signals. Australian search officials say its likely one of these vessels will arrive in the search zone early Monday.
On Saturday, China’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported one pulse detected on Friday and a second pulse detected on Saturday by a Chinese ship, Haixun 01, in the search area. Xinhua also reported a Chinese air force plane also saw floating white objects in the search area, northwest of Perth, Australia.
“The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box,” said Angus Houston, Australia’s Air Chief Marshal, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center, in an emailed statement this weekend. “A number of white objects were also sighted on the surface about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the detection area. However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft.”
Information from USA Today also was used in this report.