Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01, searching for the missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370, detected a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second in southern Indian Ocean waters Saturday”
A black box detector deployed by the Haixun 01 picked up the signal at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longtitude. It is yet to be established whether it is related to the missing jet.
The news comes just as military ships entered a new phase in the hunt for the missing jet by directing their sensor technology below the water’s surface.
For searchers, it’s been a race against the clock to find the aircraft’s black boxes containing the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder. The black boxes release pinger signals that can be picked up by locaters towed below search vessels, but their batteries are expected to expire next week.
Anish Patel, president of the pinger manufacturer Dukane Seacom told CNN that the pulses were “identical” to the standard beacon frequency.
There have still been no confirmed sightings of wreckage connected to MH370, which disappeared over a month ago carrying 239 people onboard.