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New ‘pings’ boost jet hunt hopes

Sydney, April 10 (Reuters): A new acoustic signal was detected in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 today, further boosting confidence that officials are zeroing in on the missing plane after weeks of searching.

The signal, which could be from the plane’s black box, brings to five the number of “pings” detected in recent days within the search area.

The first four signals were detected by a US Navy “Towed Pinger Locator” aboard Australia’s Ocean Shield vessel, while the latest was reported by an aircraft picking up transmissions from a listening device buoy laid near the ship yesterday.

“Whilst conducting an acoustic search this afternoon a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield,” Angus Houston, head of the Australian agency co-ordinating the search, said.

 
 
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