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Chinese ship detects ping in Indian Ocean: What else could it be but Flight 370?

Missing flight 370: Ping heard by ship offers hope of finding the ill-fated flight.
Missing flight 370: Ping heard by ship offers hope of finding the ill-fated flight.
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A Chinese ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has picked up a ping in the Southern Indian Ocean. That pulse is on the same frequency of a “standard beacon," the type that would come from a black box, according to “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Saturday morning April 5.

CNN News reports today that no conformation has been made that this ping is coming from the missing Malaysian flight 370, but it is offering some promise. While most would expect that a ping coming from the bottom of the Indian Ocean in this remote area could only be the missing flight 370, but oceanographer Simon Boxall reports this pulse could come from a number of instruments.

Boxall said that a variety of instruments use this frequency, so this ping doesn’t necessarily have to be coming from the downed plane. It was a Chinese patrol ship which is among the many ships searching for the ill-fated flight’s location, picked up this ping Saturday.

If this ping detected is from the ill-fated Malaysian flight, then they have found this in the nick of time. The battery that sends out this pulse only lasts about 30 days and the missing plane is rounding that point in time. Is this the big break the searchers were hoping for?

John Gogli, a former NTSB board member, spoke with “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Saturday said the news of this ping being detected is encouraging. He was asked that if the black box from the Malaysian flight is under the water, why wasn’t there a debris field?

Gogli said you can take a page from Captain Sully’s play book, he was able to land the passenger jet on top of the water without any of the plane breaking up. The pilot could have landed the plane in much of the same way. This means it would have possibly gone down under the water in one piece.

The ocean in the area that the ping was detected is anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 feet deep. Gogli was asked if they will be able to go down and get the black box in such deep water.

Gogli cited the story of a plane that went down in the Caribbean in 8,000 feet of water and the box was “brought up in short order.” While deep water does present somewhat of a challenge, the technology is there to overcome that challenge today.

Gogli is enthusiastic with the news of this ping, but if this comes up as nothing he said that he is almost 100 percent certain the search will not stop no matter how long it takes to find this plane.

While some people warn against getting your hopes up around this ping others, like CNN aviation analyst David Soucie wasn’t as skeptical. He said:

"This is a pinger," the airplane accident investigator said. "I've been doing this a lot of years, and I can't think of anything else it could be."

Many folks are thinking the same thing. If this is a ping coming off some piece of technology out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, what else could this be?

For those of you who are charting the search the ping was located around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude today.

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