Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre Coordinator Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston says a third signal detection has been detected, this time by Australia’s Ocean Shield.
It picked up an electronic “ping” in a different region, about 300 nautical miles from the area that the Chinese are targetting.The Ocean Shield had picked up an “acoustic detection” about an hour before the media conference, he said.
“It’s something that needs to be investigated,” he said, adding that the vessel carried sophisticated equipment.“This is an important and encouraging lead,” Houston, said, adding they have to do other investigations on the site itself.”
Yesterday, Chinese vessel Haixun 01 had picked up a “ping” at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, following an earlier detection on Friday.
Houston added that Ocean Shield and Britain’s HMS Echo, which was also equipped with similar black box detection equipment, would join Haixun 01 “as expeditiously as possible to assist with either discounting or confirming the detecting”.
The latest search will be also be aided by the Australian air force.
“Today, Royal Australian Air Force assets will be deployed to assist in further examining the acoustic signals in the vicinity of where the Chinese ship has detected the sounds.”
“The whole of the existing search area remains the most likely area that the aircraft entered the water, but based on the new advice, the southern area now has a higher priority,” he added.
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