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U.S. Navy official says 'pings' unlikely from missing Malaysia jet: CNN

(Reuters) - A U.S. Navy official said four acoustic pings at the center of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared in March, are no longer believed to be from the aircraft's black boxes, according to a report by CNN.

Australian search authorities narrowed the search for the missing jet last month after picking up a series of pings near where analysis of satellite data put the last location of the Boeing 777, some 1,600 km off Australia's northwest coast.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Raw Satellite Data Made Public

CNN said authorities now almost universally believe the pings did not come from the onboard data or cockpit voice recorders, but instead came from some other man-made source unrelated to the jetliner that disappeared on March 8, according to Michael Dean, the U.S. Navy's deputy director of ocean engineering.

"Our best theory at this point is that (the pings were) likely some sound produced by the ship ... or within the electronics of the Towed Pinger Locator," Dean said.

The discovery of the pings on April 5 and 8 was hailed as a significant breakthrough but no further promising signals were heard before the expiry of the batteries on the black boxes' locator beacons.

A scan of the area around the pings with an unnamed submarine failed to find any sign of wreckage and no debris linked to the plane has ever been picked up despite the most extensive and expensive search effort in aviation history.

Australian authorities leading the search did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew when it vanished on March 8. Authorities have not ruled out mechanical problems as a cause but say the evidence, including the loss of communications, suggests it was deliberately diverted thousands of kilometers from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

(Editing by Richard Pullin)

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John May 28 2014 at 10:35 PM

I still believe that it is in a hangar somewhere in the middle east being readied for an attack on someone...probably the USA or Israel...

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wnagle53 May 28 2014 at 10:46 PM

when we posters were saying there was no way these pings were from 370 we were scoffed at and ridiculed. Perhaps now you people will listen to common sense.
This aircraft was landed and will resurface at some point for a major terrorist attack.
Some of us, who do not wear blinders, or drink the koolaide have realized this from the begining.
This pilot did not take this plane and make all these wild manuevers because he was some suicidal practical joker. All you need to know is that he and his co-pilot are politically active MUSLIMS !!

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michael May 28 2014 at 10:40 PM

I believe that this plane landed safely in some Middle Eastern country soon after takeoff. All the passengers executed and the aircraft itself waiting to be used in another "9-11" type attack. It is impossible that anything that big hit the ocean at any angle and not leave any trace. One day this 777 will fly again and kill more innocents.

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The Brain May 28 2014 at 10:52 PM

The plane cannot be 'found' because it is not 'lost'.

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LAURIE The Brain May 28 2014 at 11:02 PM


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ceciliar101 The Brain May 29 2014 at 12:09 AM

The plane most likely, was diverted and the passengers, hijacked. If they weren't killed, they're being held captives, with no access to communication.

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odiegood May 28 2014 at 10:35 PM

Mandatory, all aviation craft can not have transponders shut off by pilots. Add additional tracking devices that are classified and unknown to the pilots. Amazing, humans can land on the moon, but can't find a lost plane, or even have a redundant failsafe in place to protect people from this type of chaos.

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Brenda May 28 2014 at 10:35 PM

Sometimes, I think that governments couldn't find their ass if it was on fire.

The United States, Australia, Malaysia, and the whole works, don't know anymore about where Flight 370 is than they did when it disappeared.

Have they tried using a good bloodhound? A dog may do a better job?

When all is said and done; we'll find that the plane is in the hands of terrorists.

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JetfireJK May 28 2014 at 10:45 PM

Best Kept Military Secret!

Diego Garcia Island is located in the Indian Ocean where our "US Navy base" is located and none of their "superior" radar, scanners, Jet Planes saw a thing?

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publius1 May 28 2014 at 10:34 PM

Obama did it!!!!!!

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rwa325 May 29 2014 at 1:59 AM

Forty years from now Flight MH370 will fly out of a strange cloud, radioing a request for a fix, announcing that their instruments were knocked out in a weird storm that appeared out of nowhere. The crew and passengers will appear not to have aged a day and will think they have only been "missing" for an hour.

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Linda May 28 2014 at 11:00 PM

This article is just saying what most of us came to believe way back when. The plane may have crashed on land or in the water somewhere, or it may be in terrorist hands to be used on some country, probably America, in New York City. I doubt that the passengers are still alive.

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