After four pings believed to be from Flight 370’s black box were detected in the past week, yet another signal was acquired on April 10. And on the same day, even more revelations were made that should not only allow authorities to find out where the aircraft ended up, but how it ended up there.
For the first time in the 35-day-long search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it feels like authorities and search parties are making progress on a daily basis. A search plane detected another possible signal from the locator beacons on the plane’s black box on April 10, and new explanations were revealed for why the plane initially went undetected after changing course, and also why it may have plummeted to a flying altitude of 5,000 feet.
Malaysia Plane: New Signal Detected In Search
The signal was picked up through sonar buoys equipped to pick up electronic data, according to CNN. “The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told reporters.
The detection occurred near the Australian ship Ocean Shield, the vessel that detected presumed black box pings on April 5 and April 8. The more signals search teams can pick up — especially in the same area — the better they will be able to narrow down their search area. After they have zeroed in on a location enough, the process of searching underwater can begin.
But with this most recent signal detection, it’s clear that authorities are moving forward — the search is no longer at a standstill.
Flight 370: More New Revelations
On top of the progress being made in the search, a senior Malaysian government official also revealed other important elements in the case. First, it has been concluded that the aircraft disappeared for 120 nautical miles after it crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula. Based on this data, this means the plane must have dipped to 4,000 or 5,000 feet in altitude. The dip could have been for one or two reasons: either to get out of the way of commercial air traffic, or to reach a level where pressurization is not needed and those on board would have been able to breathe without oxygen assistance.
Furthermore, this suggests that whoever was flying the plane was trying to protect passengers and also minimize collateral damage.
Speaking of the pilots, it has officially been determined that Zaharie Ahmad Shah was the last person to speak to air traffic controllers, Malaysian sources told CNN. The sources insisted there was nothing unusual about the voice and no indication of stress. Lastly, “there were no third-party voices,” one of the sources said, suggesting that the hijacking theory may be less substantial than many thought.
— Andrew Gruttadaro