KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 – The Chinese patrol vessel Haixun 01, which is searching for the missing Malaysian Airline (MAS) Flight MH370, detected a pulse signal in southern Indian Ocean waters Saturday. China news agency Xinhua in its online news, xinhua.com said the vessel detected a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second. “A black box detector deployed by Haixun 01 picked up the signal at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. “It is yet to be established whether it is related to the missing jet,” it said in a two paragraph report.
Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day. On March 24, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that flight MH370 ‘ended in the southern Indian Ocean’. Meanwhile in another report, Xinhua said the crew of an Ilyushin IL-76 of the Chinese air force spotted several white floating objects in southern Indian Ocean.
They had photographed the objects over a period of 20 minutes after spotting them at 11:05 local time, it said. “The findings have been reported to Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) coordinating the operation after the plane returned to Perth at 14:20 local time.” It said the Chinese plane took off at 06:04 local time Saturday morning and reached the search area some 2,700 km off the coast of Perth at 09:55 a.m. local time. On March 24, a Chinese plane spotted suspicious objects in south Indian Ocean. However it was found to be unrelated to the missing flight MH370.