The search coordination centre involved with the hunt for MH370 and its black boxes said today that no new signals possibly related to the jet have been picked up since Tuesday, leading officials to believe that the battery life of the black boxes has expired.
According to a press release issued by the Joint Agency Coordination Center, 11 military aircraft, one civil aircraft and 15 ships will take part in today’s search for the missing jet.
Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 47,644 square kilometres. The centre of the search areas lies approximately 2,200 kilometres north west of Perth.
Today, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield continues more focused sweeps with the Towed Pinger Locator to try and locate further signals related to aircraft black boxes. The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo is also working in the area with Ocean Shield.
Officials may soon send a robotic submersible down to the floor of the southern Indian Ocean to continue scouring the seafloor for wreckage, according to the New Straits Times.
Underwater robots were also used in the search for the Air France plane that crashed in 2009 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. France and Brazil spent over 40 million USD recovering black boxes from the flight which took two years to find.