The latest analyses of the signals detected by RAAF AP-3C Orion in a search for missing MH370 flight have been determined as not related to an aircraft underwater locator beacon.
The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret’d) said: “The Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre has analysed the acoustic data and confirmed that the signal reported in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes.”
Earlier, the Ocean Shield discovered several pings that could be related to the aircraft which vanished in Southern Indian Ocean in March.
The vessel will continue the search with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals that may be related to the aircraft’s black boxes before they run out of battery.
Mr. Houston added: “A decision as to when to deploy the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be made on advice from experts on board the Ocean Shield and could be some days away.”
The Boeing 777 went missing on March 08 with 239 people onboard.
Subsea World News Staff, April 11, 2014; Image: AMSA