A Chinese patrol ship, one of the many still searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean, discovered on April 5 a possible pulse signal used by the plane’s “black box” recorder.
The signal has not been officially confirmed. However, the reported signal is 37.5 kHz, which is the frequency chosen for use within the “black box” flight recorders, reports the Chines state-run news agency Xinhua.
Malaysia Flight 370 Found?: Pulse Detected From Black Box In Indian Ocean.
The frequency “is the standard beacon frequency” for the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder — they are identical,” said Anish Patel, president of pinger manufacturer Dukane Seacom, reports CNN.
The frequency in the recorders was chosen “to give that standout quality that does not get interfered with by the background noise that readily occurs in the ocean,” Anish added.
However, Anish is not completely convinced that this is the signal everyone has been hunting for over the past month.
Anish stated that he would like to see more evidence. “I’d like to see some additional assets on site quickly — maybe some sonobuoys,” he said, referring to 5-inch-long (13-centimeter) sonar systems that are dropped from aircraft or ships.
And he also expressed his confusion about the detection of only one signal, since the plane comes equipped with two recorders and each of the recorders was equipped with a pinger or signal.
Malaysia Flight 370: Possible Signal From Missing Plane Found In Indian Ocean
There have also been objects spotted in the water by Chines air force planes surrounding where the signal or pulse was detected, reports CNN.
Could the objects in the water and this new signal be confirmation that the plane is somewhere underwater and if so — is there a possibility that any of the passengers may be found?
The drama surrounding the missing plane only increased when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called a press conference on March 24 to announce that the aircraft had “ended” in the Indian Ocean, and that most likely all aboard were killed.
Malaysian officials, however, still have not given up hope and are still in the process of bring closure to the families of the missing passengers.
What do you think HollywoodLifers, is this a signal from the missing plane, or is it just another dead-end? Let us know.
— Bryant Perkins