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Ship searching for missing plane ‘picks up signal’

China’s official news agency says a ‘pulse signal’ has been picked up in the Indian Ocean.

The area of the Indian Ocean being searched today
The area of the Indian Ocean being searched today
Image: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

CHINA’S OFFICIAL NEWS agency says that a Chinese ship looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected a ‘pulse signal’ in the Indian Ocean.

The Xinhua report says a black box detector on board the ship picked up a signal at 37.5Hz today at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.

The frequency is identical to the beacon signal emitted by flight recorders.

The report said it is not yet established whether the signal is connected to the missing jet.

Up to 10 military planes, three civil jets and 11 ships are involved in the search today for the missing MH370 plane, with two of the ships continuing underwater search operations.

An area of around 217,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean is being searched.

Australian authorities are continuing to refine the area where the plane is believed to have entered the water based on multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance from the international air crash investigative team.

Read: “Goodnight…” New official account of last words from MH370 cockpit > 

Read: British nuclear sub joins search for MH370 as time is running out to find black box > 

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