Australia’s PM announced today that searchers are “confident” they’ve narrowed in on the location of MH370’s black boxes. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, head of the joint search coordination, said that it’s “unlikely” recent signals are related to the missing jet. Everyone is confused.
On the search: “It’s been very much narrowed down because we’ve now had a series of detections, some for quite a long period of time,” Prime Minister Tony Abbot told reporters in Beijing today.
“Nevertheless, we’re getting to the stage where the signal from what we are very confident is the black box is starting to fade.”
“We are hoping to get as much information as we can before the signal finally expires.”
Angus Houston, head of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center, said on Thursday evening that a fifth ping was detected in the same area where the Australian vessel Ocean Shield picked up signals earlier this week, according to The Guardian. A JACC media release from earlier today, however, said that the possible signal was determined not to be related to an aircraft underwater locater beacon.
“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,” said Houston.
“On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370. I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.”
Here’s what Twitter is saying:
— CCTV America (@CCTV_America) April 11, 2014
"There has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370," says Australian chief search coordinator. http://t.co/GQ4j7QxGFO
— CNN International (@cnni) April 11, 2014
Tony Abbott: confident signals from #MH370 black box; JACC chief: signals “unlikely” from black box. ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING?
— Barnaby Lo (@barnabychuck) April 11, 2014
— China.org.cn (@chinaorgcn) April 11, 2014
Apparently this is floating around (?):
Malaysian Star daily quotes US embassy official as denying #MH370 landed on Diego Garcia.
— Gwen Benjamin (@gwenibenjamin) April 11, 2014
And of course:
— GREG & JON BELL (@GregB64ALWX) April 11, 2014
Searchers’ chances of picking up signals are lessening by the day as the battery life of the black boxes is expected to expire this week (or to have already expired). Recent estimations of the possible depth of the black boxes’ location are probably not bolstering confidence.
While no news surrounding the search is good news, per se, we’re going to have to assume it’s just another false lead.