Chinese Ship Detects Possible Black Box Pings

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Chinese military aircraft searching for the missing Malaysian jetliner spotted white floating objects in the remote southern Indian Ocean near the site of the pings.

Malaysia’s civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, confirmed the frequency emitted by Flight 370’s black boxes were 37.5 kilohertz – consistent with those of an aircraft black box.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported late on Saturday that a Chinese ship that is part of the search effort detected a “pulse signal” at 37.5 kilohertz (cycles per second) – the same frequency emitted by flight data recorders – in southern Indian Ocean waters.

The crew of a Chinese plane spotted the objects some 27 thousand kilometers off the coast of Perth. The findings have been reported to Australia. On Saturday, up to 10 military planes, three civil jets and 11 ships were mobilized to search an area of about 217-thousand square kilometers.

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John McGraw, an aerospace consultant and former deputy director of the U-S Federal Aviation Administration discusses the pulse signal and what that means about the plane's location.

CCTV’s Rian Melzer reports from Kuala Lumpur where regular briefings on MH370 might soon come to an end.

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CCTV's Rian Melzer reports from Kuala Lumpur where regular briefings on MH370 might soon come to an end.

CCTV’s Tony Cheng reports from Perth Australia   on the continuing search efforts.

Search Efforts Continue in Perth Australia

There is still no confirmation that those pings detected are, in fact, from Flight 370. But hopes are rising because the pulse that searchers heard matches the frequency of what would be coming from the black box. Crews aboard a Chinese vessel detected the signal—a considerable distance away from the designated search zone. Just a short time later, China reported spotting debris in the water. But it's not yet clear what that is, either. CCTV's Tony Cheng has the latest on these developments from the search headquarters in Perth, Australia.