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Australian ship unable to detect any more signals as time runs out for MH370 search

Published on Apr 8, 2014 1:31 PM

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 special report

SYDNEY/PERTH (REUTERS) - An Australian ship which picked up possible "pings" from the black box recorders of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has been unable to detect any further signals and time is running out to narrow the massive search, officials said on Tuesday.

Mr Angus Houston, head of the Australian agency coordinating the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, said the month-long hunt in the Indian Ocean was at a critical stage given the batteries in the black box beacons had already reached the end of their 30-day expected life.

A US Navy "towed pinger locator" onboard Australia's Ocean Shield picked up two "ping" signal detections over the weekend - the first for more than two hours and the second for about 13 minutes.

A crew member looks through the telescopic binoculars on the starboard bridge wing aboard the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth in the southern Indian Ocean, during the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on April 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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