Australian vessel Ocean Shield picked up two signals yesterday that could be from MH370‘s black boxes, renewing hope for the hunt, which was previously dampened by the possibility that the black boxes’ battery life had run out by now. SCMP reports:
The Ocean Shield first detected the sounds late Saturday and early Sunday before losing them. As the search entered its second month, Houston said the ship had relocated the signals twice on Tuesday.
He also said analysis of the weekend’s signals had concluded they were “consistent with a flight data recorder”, ruling out the possibility they had occurred naturally.
Hopes of a breakthrough rose on Sunday when signals thought to be from the plane’s black box recorders were heard for more than two hours. But with batteries powering the transmissions due to run out around 30 days after the boxes hit the water, officials said time was running out to find the flight recorders.
Houston said yesterday it would continue to be used until fresh signals were located and the search are narrowed, or until experts were sure the batteries had died. In either event, he said, the unmanned Bluefin 21 submarine would then be deployed to map the seabed using sonar in an attempt to locate wreckage.