BIG FLIGHT 370 UPDATE: Two more pings, Aussies may have located black boxes

The Australian government, which is in charge of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, just held a press conference (at around 1100pm Eastern US time Tuesday night) that contained some big and optimistic news.

Angus Houston, the Australian chief coordinator of the search, says they’ve heard two additional pings in the past 24 hours, in addition to the earlier two pings that were heard on Sunday.

One of the new pings was held for five minutes, the other for seven minutes.

Houston say that the signals will now help them define a “much more manageable search area.”

“Hopefully in a matter of days we will be able to find something on the bottom that might confirm that this is the last resting place of MH370,” Houston said.

Malaysian Airlines 777-200ER. (Credit Montague Smith.)

Malaysian Airlines 777-200ER. (Credit Montague Smith.)

Houston also report that the pings are “not of natural origin,” they’re likely electronic, and they’re consistent with a flight data recorder.

Houston said he’s confident that they’ll find the wreckage “in the not too distant future.”

CNN’s analysts are saying that this means the Australians now know where the plane is.

We reported yesterday that two pings were heard on Sunday, for a period of nearly two hours, and then for an additional 13 minutes.  It was widely thought that those pings were from Flight 370’s black boxes.  But there was concern that the batteries would soon be dead, as it’s now been 33 days or so since the plane disappeared, and the black boxes have an expected battery life of 30 days (and even that depends on how well the black boxes were stored prior to use).

This is big news.


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  • BillB

    Hmmmm, This is beginning to sound like bullsh*t The last time there was this much trouble locating an aircraft (other than the infamous Flight 19 which has yet to be discovered) was Amelia Earheart. In her case it was understandable, and in fact, had she ever reached her destination, given all the variables technology of the time etc, etc.would have been miraculous, the fact that others did not withstanding. Flight 19 on the other hand,… Well the skeptics and other idiots that are so sure that there is a conventional quote “rational explanation” for every event still haven”t found one for that and given the area that it happened in and all the searching that took place at the time and in the mean time should have located something and yet, They Haven’t! Ok, I’m not jumping to any conclusions here yet boys and girls. I hope for the sake of the loved ones of all those people they do indeed find SOMETHING to give closure for them. BUT I’m starting to wonder. Its sounding more and more like BS on top of BS! Like they aint got a freaking CLUE! Or do, but you damn sure aren”t going to pick up and read about on the front page of the newspaper in the morning.

  • mark_in_toronto

    No, CNN is obsessed with Big Bang Theory now. I guess a high-up executive likes the show.
    I’ve never seen it.
    Didn’t something happen in Pittsburgh today?

  • mark_in_toronto

    The earth is round?

  • cold340t

    The designated search areas are just as far away, if not farther. I did look at a map before responding. I suggest you do the same. :)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    My point is that according to the currently available information and designated search areas, the plane (1) would never have passed into airspace monitored by Diego Garcia and (2) even if it had flown in that direction, would never have had enough fuel to reach it, much less be detected by the air stations there.

    The plane didn’t ‘get past’ Diego Garcia as you suggested in your previous comment because it didn’t have enough fuel to go there and the satellite pings put the plane nowhere near that location anyway.

    It’s just geography. And I refrained from saying so, but your original comment was just full of misinformation and ignoring established facts about aviation technology, as well as the published information about where the plane was detected and where it wasn’t, so I just picked the most obvious from the available choices.

  • cold340t

    And the plane flew for 8hrs.(?) at 500mph(?)=@4000miles possible. Your point? Like I was trying to say , none of this adds up.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I’m actually slightly interested in the Pistorius story. Yeah, it’s a celebrity murder, but there’s a serious point to be made about gun paranoia. His defence against the murder charge is a very familiar one to an American audience I daresay.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    You do realize Diego Garcia is about 2500km away from the suspected flight path, right? That’d be like asking why air traffic control in San Francisco didn’t detect a plane crashing in Chicago. (Rough guesstimate…)

    We’re talking a distance far enough, curvature of the Earth itself puts MH370 well below the horizon at all times.

  • JamesR

    Wherever it is, exactly, if those pings are from it it’s Deep As Fuck http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/the-depth-of-the-problem/931/

  • cold340t

    Still don’t understand how it got past Diego Garcia? Anyone? Post 9/11, this whole thing makes little sense. We can pinpoint cell phones and kill from the sky, but can’t find a Plane? Flying over/near a number of Military bases of a number of countries. This isn’t TV show!

  • dcinsider

    There goes my Bermuda triangle theory.

  • Indigo

    Hopefully.

  • benb

    Oh, I so hope they find it soon and stop CNN from chasing ratings with that story. ‘Course I should be glad that they’re not focused on the Olympic Athlete guy in South Africa who shot his girlfriend or that woman Cayley something or another that …I dunno…killed her kid with duct tape or something that Nancy Grace is always harping about (I heard N.G. is an attorney…seriously…is that true?). Reported ‘News’ ought to be sorted by the “effect on people” times “the number of people affected”.

  • Max_1

    Geolocate the positions of the surface locations, now that they have three hits…
    … Triangulate including the depth and go down to find the source of the pings.

    Always keeping fingers crossed…

  • annetteboardman

    True, that. But if they narrow it down enough, they should be able to find the fuselage itself I hope before the end of the year. Flying a lot myself, and having flown in and out of that airport on that airline, I would very much like to know if it was the plane, the cargo, or something else (the pilot? or a bird strike? although that surely would have brought the plane down faster).

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Define “found.” Though Air France took two years because I think they didn’t get pings. They found wreckage within 24 hours, so they knew where the plane went down, but without pings (Im pretty sure). So finding the pings is HUGE if they got enough data to triangulate a general vicinity. BUT, it still could take a while to actually find them. The terrain where the Air France flight went down was very rugged, so that might have been party of the problem in finding it.

  • annetteboardman

    I really hope this is the case and I will be wrong when I told my cousin I figured it would be eight months before they found the plane. My fingers are crossed and my hopes are raised.

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