Four weeks after the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner, a Chinese search vessel has discovered pulse signal in the South Indian Ocean.
According to the Chinese Xinhua news agency, the Chinese ship, part of the multinational search effort, detected a “pulse” signal in South Indian Ocean waters on Saturday.
Sources say a black box detector deployed by the vessel picked up the signal in the designated search area, but it’s not clear whether the signal is related to the missing Malaysian plane.
Australia, which is coordinating the multinational search effort, has not made any comments.
The hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner entered its fourth week with search teams launching intensive underwater operations to find the plane’s black box.
Up to 13 aircraft and eleven ships are scouring the South Indian Ocean where the airliner is believed to have crashed with 239 people onboard.
They are for the first time using high-tech devices to locate the black box recorders before their batteries run out.
The Boeing 777-200 vanished from radar screens on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Dozens of flights by a multinational taskforce have so far failed to find any trace of the lost plane.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has vowed that his country would not give up on the search for the missing plane.
There is growing frustration among the family members of the missing passengers as search operations drag on.
The relatives of the 239 passengers who were onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have been accusing Malaysian authorities of withholding information regarding the fate of the plane.
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