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China ship reportedly finds 'pulse signal,' no proof yet of MH370

BEIJING -- A Chinese ship searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 detected a “pulse signal” in the southern Indian Ocean Saturday, but there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the missing plane, state media said.

The signal picked up by the vessel's black box detector had a frequency of 37.5kHz per second, the official Xinhua News Agency said — identical to the beacon signal emitted by flight recorders.

The announcement came nearly a month after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared off radar screens en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, triggering an unprecedented international search.

Australian and British vessels are currently involved in a round-the-clock underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean, hoping to pick up a signal from the plane's black box recorder, but the battery powering those emissions is nearing the end of its roughly 30-day life span.

The Chinese search ship Haixun 01 picked up the pulse signal at about 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, Xinhua said in a brief dispatch.

“Suspected pulse signal picked up by Haixun 01 has not been identified yet,” the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center said on a verified microblog.

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said he had not received a report on the signal and warned that it may not be from the plane.

“This is not the first time we have had something that has turned out to be very disappointing,” he told ABC television.

“I'm just going to wait for (JACC chief) Angus (Houston) and the team and my team to come forward with something that's positive because this is a very very difficult task.”

1 Comment
April 7, 2014    sylevine1@
Sy Levine was formerly Chief Engineer of Northorp's Electronic Division and holds fifteen patents, ranging from inertial navigation through holography. One early patent was for the first commercial inertial navigation system, INS, which was put aboard Pan American aircraft. It dramatically changed commercial aircraft navigation and safety. The INS is presently used on all large commercial aircraft. He was also the chief scientist aboard the USS Ethan Allen submarine – the one used in “The Hunt for Red October”- during its maiden voyage. Mr. Levine has been a guest lecturer for the Institute of Navigation (ION), has authored numerous papers, and won numerous awards in aviation safety. In 1999 he presented a paper on Remote Aircraft Flight Recorder and Its Ability to Reduce Fatal Air Accidents by 78% at the NTSB International Conference on Transportation Recorders. His work in this area is the result of sending a friend on a work assignment who died in the USAir, Flt 427, Aliquippa crash.
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