Naval vessels carrying sophisticated deep-sea black box detectors are en route to a location in the southern Indian Ocean where a Chinese patrol ship has twice detected a pulse signal coming from the search area of a missing airliner, according to Australian officials.
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, cautioned the pulses remain unverified but told reporters in Perth Sunday that the signals were “an important and encouraging lead” in the ongoing search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The first signal was detected Saturday by a “black box detector” deployed by Chinese ship Haixun 01 . The pulse was picked up around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, according to China’s official news agency, Xinhua.
On Sunday, Haixun 01 reported it had redetected the signal for 90 seconds within 1.4 miles of the original signal.