Saturday, April 5, 2014

Signal from the MH-370 black box (maybe)

Breaking news: a Chinese ship might have just detected the black box from MH-370.
If so it will be nothing short of a miracle (aided by modern technology that tracks a plane even when some murderous idiot has switched off the transponders). Let us hope for the best (only 3 days are left before the signal is switched off).

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A black box detector deployed by the Haixun 01 picked up the signal at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, the report said.


The batteries of the black box flight recorders have a life of about 30 days, meaning they will shut down in the next three days.
 

Officials said the multinational team has entered the most intensive phase in the search operations.
Up to 10 military planes, three civil jets and 11 ships were searching about 217,000 sq km, 1,700 km north west of Perth, to locate the plane's data recorder that could help investigators unravel the mystery of what happened on March 8, the day the Beijing-bound jet suddenly disappeared from radar screens.

 

China's Liberation Daily reported that three people on board had heard the signals, which were not recorded as they came suddenly.
The frequency of 37.5 kHz per second is currently the international standard for the underwater locator beacon on a plane's black box.

Also, a Chinese air force plane searching for the jet spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area today.
The plane photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes after spotting them at 11:05 local time.

 
China's state-run CCTV reported the ship's crew detected the signal and alerted both Chinese and Australian rescue centres. The signal was heard this afternoon by the ship's crew and it lasted for one and half minutes.
 

This kind of signal is, however, not exclusive to black box and it could be from other equipment also. So, it cannot be confirmed at the moment that the signal is from the black box record of the MH370, the report said. The signal of the black box can be picked up in a three-mile radius, that could further help the search team to narrow down their operation.

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