Search teams may be just days away from finding Flight 370, as two new ping signals were detected on April 9, buoying hopes that the search is headed in the right direction. And not a moment too soon either, with the batteries powering the aircraft’s black box on the verge of dying.
After over a month of searching and head-scratching, authorities may be close to the end of the road in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Two more signals were detected in the Indian Ocean on April 9, adding to the two from April 5, leading rescue organizers to believe that they are looking in the right place and will find the aircraft, or what’s left of it, before the black box’s batteries run out.
More Malaysian Plane Signals Detected — Search Getting Closer
Searchers picked up the fresh ping signals that officials believe belong to black boxes attached to Flight 370. After two underwater pulses were detected four days earlier on April 5, two more signals were reacquired. All four signals were within 17 miles of each other. That close proximity, along with the fact that authorities determined that they definitely came from electronic equipment, has led officials to believe that they are searching in the right place — and that when they zero in even more, it won’t be a dead end.
However, authorities are still trying to temper expectations. “I believe we are searching in the right area,” Houston said, “but we need to visually identify wreckage before we can confirm with certainty that this is the final resting place of MH370.”
Flight 370’s Black Box: Batteries Running Out
While it is great news that search teams are getting closer, they still need to hustle, because time is a looming element.
The pings that were detected on April 9 were notably weaker, “which means we’re either moving away from the search area or the pinger batteries are dying,” Houston explained. And with all the developments made, it’s safe to assume the latter. Also, an aircraft’s black box batteries will last about 30 days after a crash — April 9 marked Day 34 in the search for Flight 370.
So search teams are certainly running out of time, because if the black box runs out of power, there will no longer be any further signals — and finding its definite location will be that much more difficult.
— Andrew Gruttadaro