China ship detects ‘signal’ during Malaysia jet hunt

The ‘pulse signal’ has not been verified as belonging to the missing Malaysian Flight MH370

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As the search for missing Malaysian Flight MH370’s black box carries on, China’s official news agency said Saturday a Chinese ship, part of the multinational search effort looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, has detected a “pulse signal” in southern Indian Ocean waters.

A black box detector deployed by the vessel, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5Hz per second Saturday at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, the Associated Press reported the agency as saying.

However, the ship’s team could not establish whether that the signal was related to the missing jet.

The Australian government agency coordinating the search would not immediately comment on the report, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Malaysia vowed that it would not give up on trying to find the missing jetliner.

After weeks of fruitless search efforts, officials face the daunting prospect that sound-emitting beacons in the flight and voice recorders will soon fall silent as their batteries die after sounding electronic “pings” for a month.

The Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard.

Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense minister and acting transport minister, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday that the cost of mounting the search was immaterial compared to providing solace for the families of those on board by establishing what happened.

“I can only speak for Malaysia, and Malaysia will not stop looking for MH370,” Hishammuddin said.

The multinational team is desperately trying to find debris floating in the water or faint sound signals from the recorders that could lead them to the aircraft and help unravel the mystery of its fate.

Finding floating wreckage is key to narrowing the search area, as officials can then use data on currents to backtrack to where the plane could have hit the water, and where the flight recorders may be.

(With the Associated Press)