There were further developments in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 today, as an Australian P-3 Orion aircraft has picked up a signal in the same area where the Ocean Shield ship detected signals consistent with a black box recorder on Saturday.
Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, head of the team coordinating the search, said the aircraft has dropped sound-locating bouys into the area where the sounds were first heard.
“The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight,” Houston said, stating that the sounds show the “potential to be from a man-made source”.
According to the Independent, Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Leavy explained that the bouys dropped by the aircraft are dangling hydrophone listening devices about 1,000 feet below the water surface.
ACM Houston said yesterday: “I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not too distant future.”
“Hopefully in a matter of days, we will be able to find something on the bottom that might confirm that this is the last resting place of MH370,” he added.
The Australian government have also released a document stating that although the black box’s batteries are designed to last for 30 days, is it is possible that they “would continue to transmit at decreasing strength for up to 10 more days”.
The news came as authorities reduced the search area by more than half in just one day.