Australian PM Confident Signals are from Missing Plane
    2014-04-11 19:01:03         Web Editor: Mao

Australia's Prime Minister says he is confident searchers know the aproximate position of missing flight MH370's black box.

CRI's Xie Zhao has more.


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he's confident searchers now know, within the range of some kilometers, the position of missing flight MH370's black-box.

But at the same time, Abbott says there is a significant difference between knowing where the flight-data recorder may be and ultimately determining what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

"All I want to say at this point in time is that we have very much narrowed down the search area and we are very confident that the signals that we are detecting are from the black box on MH370. I really don't want to say any more than that because I want to get the most up-to-date briefing between now and my meeting with the President Xi."

Abbott's comments in Shanghai this Friday come despite an acknowledgment by the search team that signals detected by an Australian search plane on Thursday are NOT connected to the missing flight's black-box.

As the search in the southern Indian Ocean continues, Malaysian police are also continuing their investigation.

Malaysian Police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar says the recovery of the black-boxes should help their probe into the plane's disappearance.

"We want to know what transpired in the last minutes before the flight lost contact, of course we want to know. So, that's why we said that we are the investigators and the experts will be calling to look into the black box."

While Malaysian authorities have said they're fairly confident about what happened to cause the plane to fly in the completely wrong direction, Bakar says they're still not ready to disclose that information.

"The investigation is ongoing and as I've said before - we may need to prosecute someone later on and if I start telling you what we have now that will hamper the case later on."

Its been over a month since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean about 6 or 7-hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on a flight to Beijing with 239-passangers and crew onboard, 154 of whom are Chinese.

Investigators have said they've ruled out all the passangers on the flight with having any connection to the plane's disappearance.

This has suggested Malay authorities are focusing their investigation into the 12 crew members on the flight, including the pilot and co-pilot.

For CRI, I'm Xie Zhao.


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