Australian Navy ship with black box detector joins search: MH370
March 31, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - An Australian Navy warship, equipped with a U.S.-manufactured black box detector and underwater drone have been dispatched from Perth, as the multi-national search for the missing flight MH370 reaches its fourth week.
According to officials, it will still take three to four days for the warship, the Ocean Shield, to reach the search area, around 1,850 kilometres west of Perth, over the Indian Ocean.
The vessel will join an international fleet of nine aircraft and eight vessels that are already searching the area.
However, the technology on board the Ocean Shield cannot detect the 'pinger' within MH370's black box until the search area is further narrowed down.
"One of Australia's P-3 Orion aircraft located four orange objects at sea, each measuring more than 2 metres."
Meanwhile, Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said a clue about the missing aircraft will hopefully emerge soon, as more objects have been pulled from the ocean and were analyzed to check if they belong to the aircraft.
One of Australia's P-3 Orion aircraft located four orange objects at sea, each measuring more than 2 m.
The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished off radar screens an hour after its take-off from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March, and is presumed to have ended in the southern part of the Indian Ocean with no survivors.
Chinese relatives of the passengers onboard the aircraft are demanding Malaysia to provide evidence on the fate of the missing Boeing 777.
The search area for the aircraft over the Indian Ocean has been recently shifted to another area following a new lead provided to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) by the multi-national investigation team in Malaysia.
With the new lead, the search has now shifted to an area 1,100km north-east, which is around 319,000km² and 1,850km west of Perth.