Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston speaks to the media during a press conference about the ongoing search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston speaks to the media during a press conference about the ongoing search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Rob Griffith

Signals may be coming from MH370 black box flight recorders

THE pinger locator deployed by Australia's Ocean Shield defence vessel has detected signals which may have come from black box flight recorders from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Search leader retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has told a media conference the information was 'encouraging', but urged caution until it could be verified.

"Two separate signal detections have occurred within the northern part of the defined search area," he said.

"The first detection was held for approximately two hours and 20 minutes.

"The ship then lost contact before conducting a turn and attempting to reacquire the signal. The second detection on the return leg was held for approximately 13 minutes."

He says it could be some time before it was confirmed the signals were from the missing plane



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