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Chinese ship reports hearing pulse signals in search area of Flight 370

As the desperate and relentless search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, Chinese authorities announced on April 5 that one of their ships in the southern Indian Ocean has "detected a pulse signal" that may or not be the signal emitted by one of the missing Boeing 777’s black boxes.

The signals detected by the Chines ship’s black box detector is the exact same frequency that would be used in the missing plane's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
Personnel deploy pinger detector / Leut Kelly Lunt, AFP/Getty Images

Also today, China's official news agency, Xinhua, reported spotting a number of white objects seen floating in the same search area, according to USA Today.

Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01, searching for the missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370, detected a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second in southern Indian Ocean waters Saturday.

A black box detector deployed by the Haixun 01 picked up the signal at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longtitude. It is yet to be established whether it is related to the missing jet. - Xinhua

The 37.5 kHz signal pulse detected by the Chines ship’s black box detector is the exact same frequency that would be used in the missing plane's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, according to CNN.

"They're identical,” said Anish Patel, president of pinger manufacturer Dukane Seacom.

At about the same time the report about the Chines being able to detect signal pulses in the Indian Ocean was announced today, Malaysian authorities also announced they would not give up the search for Flight 370 and that their efforts to find the plane would continue with "vigor and intensity."

Today alone, a total of “10 military planes, three civil jets and 11 ships,” including China’s patrol ship Haixun 01, are searching in an 84,000-square-mile area of the Indian Ocean for the missing jet.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing since March 8. The batteries in the plane’s black boxes have only days of life left before they can no longer transmit any pings.

Thus far, none of the agencies involved in the search are claiming that they’ve located the missing plane or that that the signal pulses being heard by the Chinese ship are directly attributed to Flight 370.

Officials still remain open-minded to a variety of different scenarios concerning the missing plane and its missing 239 passengers and crew members, including possible hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board, as well as a myriad of mechanical failure possibilities.

For more on the signal pulses - that may or not be associated with missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, detected by the Chinese ship - see the video accompanying this article.

Also see:

FBI joins the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Officials grow more suspicious of pilots

Officials not ruling out terrorism as cause of missing Malaysia Airlines’ plane

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