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Ships race to investigate new signals in jet search

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A vessel detected transmissions consistent with flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorders, possibly from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the chief of the team coordinating the search for plane said Monday.

“Clearly this is a most promising lead,” the investigator, Angus Houston, said at a news conference from Perth, Australia. But he added that it might take some days to confirm that the acoustic noises were from the missing plane.

The Australian vessel, the Ocean Shield, had twice detected signals in the Indian Ocean thought to be from the plane’s data and cockpit voice recorders, Houston said.

The signals were “consistent with those emitted by aircraft black boxes.” But he noted that might take officials several days to confirm that the acoustic noises were from the missing plane.

“In deep oceanic water, nothing happens fast,” he added..

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