PERTH, Australia, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Up to 15 aircraft and 13 ships will assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Friday, one day after an Australian AP-3C Orion aircraft detected another possible signal.
The Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC), liaison body for the unprecedented hunt in human history, 12 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 13 ships will take part in the search. Weather conditions are reportedly reasonable for the effort.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned two searching areas in close proximity totaling about 46,713 square kilometers, scaling down from Thursday's 57,932 square kilometers. The center of the search areas lies approximately 2,312 kilometers northwest of Perth.
Angus Houston, JACC chief coordinator, confirmed Thursday that a possible fifth signal was detected in the search zone where previous signals consistent with the plane's black box were detected.
"The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source," Houston said.
He said earlier that once the search area has been narrowed down, searchers could then find something in a "matter of days."
"Hopefully with lots of transmissions we'll have a tight, small area and 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 said.
As for underwater search, he denied having said that the autonomous underwater vehicle will be deployed "in a couple of days". Instead, it could take a number of days, up to 20 days or more, before the search operation could transit to underwater search phase, he added.
Houston warned that even if the autonomous underwater vehicle is lowered to do the mapping, the task remains demanding.
"It could be a long, painstaking process," Houston said, "and there is only one vehicle." Houston said, adding the water in the area is excessively deep with silty bottom, which may swallow things up and complicate the visual search effort.
He touted the international cooperation, especially in the military circles, in search of the missing Malaysian aircraft, saying it's "impressive" to see all nations are working together for a common purpose and it's "wonderful" that military personnel from different countries are cooperating with each other in a real-life circumstance.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday appreciated Australia's efforts in the search when talking with visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is in China to attend the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA).
Li said the international cooperation showed countries in the region are capable of handling challenges with concerted efforts.
China, along with more than 20 other countries, has joined the unprecedented international hunt for the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, after it disappeared on March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, including 154 Chinese.
No definitive signs of the plane have been found so far.
CANBERRA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- It could take days before the search of the missing Malaysian aircraft moves into the phase of deploying autonomous underwater vehicle, Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) Angus Houston said on Thursday.Full story
PERTH, Australia, April 10 (Xinhua) -- A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)AP-3C Orion aircraft has detected a possible signal in the vicinity of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) Angus Houston confirmed on Thursday.Full story