Last night’s reports that the Chinese ship Haixun 01 detected electronic pings in the Indian Ocean related to MH370 “cannot be verified at this point in time,” according to a media release issued by the Australian government.
The release from this morning said that up to 10 military planes along with 2 civil planes and 13 ships are taking part in the search today for the missing flight MH370.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has three separate search areas planned for today about 2,000 kilometres north west of Perth, which total approximately 216,000 square kilometres.
Weather in the search area is expected to be good with a cloud base of 2,500 feet and visibility greater than 10 kilometres.
Xinhua reported late last evening that a black box detector deployed by Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 had picked up signals with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second in the southern Indian Ocean, and Anish Patel, president of the pinger manufacturer Dukane Seacom told CNN that the pulses were “identical” to the standard beacon frequency.
Search ships have gone into overdrive hunting for the black boxes containing flight data and cock pit voice recorders, as their batteries are expected to die within days.
Meanwhile, health experts are urging Chinese families members of passengers onboard MH370 to go home and begin the recovery process, according to SCMP.
Such a prolonged period disconnected from friends and family was having an adverse effect on their well-being and keeping them locked in the early stages of the grieving process, the experts said.
Paul Yin, a psychologist volunteering at the Lido Hotel in Beijing, said grouping families together had helped in co-ordinating the operation but it was time for them to go home, where he hoped the authorities would ensure they were properly cared for.
China’s state media likewise called for relatives of the missing flight to “be rational and make funeral arrangements” amid public fury over Malaysia’s handling of the search that escalated to protests, boycotts and accusations of cover-ups.
While Xinhua reported yesterday that Chinese aircraft spotted new floating objects in the search area for MH370, confirmed debris has yet been found, and it’s still unclear why the plane carrying 239 people on board diverted from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing four weeks ago.