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Third “ping” heard in
search for missing plane

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/6/2014 12:17:45 PM

PERTH, Australia – Three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean offered new hope Sunday in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as officials rushed to determine whether they were signals from the plane’s black boxes before their beacons fall silent. The head of the multinational search being conducted off Australia’s west coast confirmed that a Chinese ship had picked up electronic pulsing signals twice in a small patch of the search zone, once on Friday and again on Saturday. On Sunday, an Australian ship carrying sophisticated deep-sea sound equipment picked up a third signal

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 4/6/2014 1:06:20 PM     (No. 9800031)

What difference does it make NOW!

... to borrow a phrase from the Hildabeast when others died.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mamafrog, 4/6/2014 1:55:53 PM     (No. 9800087)

I don´t care if they find and recover the black boxes. I do care if they establish this is where the plane is so we know it won´t be coming back at us loaded with weapons.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Avogadra, 4/6/2014 2:01:53 PM     (No. 9800099)

The difference it makes is that, if the plane is on the bottom of the ocean, it is NOT sitting in one of the ´Stans, repainted, refueled and ready to deliver a dirty bomb to one of our coastal cities.

Even if the plane went down where they are now searching, this whole situation has provided a warning that we need to defend against the scenario of using a 777 to deliver death to unwitting American citizens from a long distance away. But our president is busy vacationing, fundraising and playing golf, so I doubt that anything will be done along that line.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: controlfreak, 4/6/2014 2:11:00 PM     (No. 9800113)

I might be the only person in Lucianne-land to want this, but I desperately hope that they find the plane and that the families of the victims get some answers. Only then can their true grief begin.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 4/6/2014 2:14:41 PM     (No. 9800116)

In pursuit of the elusive Red Herring...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: snakeoil, 4/6/2014 6:44:35 PM     (No. 9800310)

#4. Most of us want the plane found and pity the victims and their families. Some of us just think the coverage is excessive. Every year around 30k Americans are killed in traffic accidents. Their deaths are just as significant. Life is short and every day could be your last. Cherish every moment of it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kafir091101, 4/6/2014 11:09:16 PM     (No. 9800460)

Is thirty days enough time to remove the black boxes from a Boeing 777 parked somewhere in Pakistan and transport them to the South Indian Ocean where they can be deep sixed?

You can bet your bottom dollar that Israel has not let its guard down after reading the new news this morning!

Just a thought!

FWIW: It is my opinion that the plane crashed into the South Indian Ocean four weeks ago.

Keep in mind that the 30 day ´battery life´ is the spec on guaranteed length of time that a ´normal´ signal strength will be generated. Those black boxes will still be ´Pinging´ 2 years from now, but at a greatly reduce strength.

Also: The pings are acoustic sounds not electronic radio signals. They will follow (be ducted) and also be blocked by thermal currents, and by differences between thermal layers and differences in salinity.

IE: These signals can, and will, zig-zag through the water and will travel hundreds and even a few thousand miles through the water.

They do not simply radiate out from their source like depicted in a High School Science book diagram. Just ask any US Navy anti-submarine warfare expert about the weirdness of ocean acoustics.

Once they have a good ´guesstimate´ of the general location of the black boxes, anti-submarine hydrophones will be deployed several thousand feet down and they will ´triangulate´ the source of the pings.

Then, deep see robots will begin searching via magnetometers, side scan radar/sonar and video.

So: This search could go on for months or even a few years like the Air France search and recovery off the coast of Brazil.

OTOH: The Chinese ship may actually be right over the wreckage as I post this!

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