Missing flight MH370, which has been the target of searches for weeks, appears to finally — potentially — have been nearly located. While authorities still have not been able to find any of the wreckage, the rescue efforts have now received their “most promising” lead this far — a ping in the ocean that might be the missing flight.
This ping is presumably the missing flight’s black box, which would lead to discovering some of the unanswered questions about what exactly happened to the missing flight. Here is what CNN is reporting was said earlier today at a press conference by Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.
“We’ve got a visual indication on a screen, and we’ve also got an audible signal. And the audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon. We are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be.”
The potential missing flight signals were first picked up on Sunday by an Australian Navy ship in the Indian Ocean. The signals apparently are consistent with the same kinds of signals that would be sent by a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from a missing flight.
The signal has actually been detected a couple of times. The first time the detection lasted for a full two hours. The second detection lasted only about 13 minutes.
While the discovery of the ping is certainly a welcome discovery, it is important to note that no black box or wreckage has yet been found. This means that the missing flight is, in fact, still missing.
While some have compared this search for the missing flight to finding a needle in a haystack, others close to the search have said that the problem is more complex — they don’t even know where the haystack is.
It could take a few days before rescue and recovery crews could actually say for certain that the pings came from the missing flight. The families of the 239 people on the missing flight continue to wait in agony, now nearly a full month after its March 8 disappearance.
Houston warned press that just because a ping has been located, this doesn’t mean the search for the missing flight is over.
“In very deep oceanic water, nothing happens fast. I would ask all of you to treat this information cautiously and responsibly. We haven’t found the aircraft yet. We have a promising lead, but we have yet to get confirming evidence.”
Perhaps the location of the missing flight will begin to answer some of the questions that have been swirling around for the last month.
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