Plane search has 'best lead so far'

  • 7 April 2014
The towed pinger locator (TPL-25) is towed behind the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean on 5 April 2014 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield was one of the ships who detected a signal

Australian officials searching for the missing Malaysian airliner say they have their "most promising lead" so far.

Teams leading the search told a news conference on Monday that signals similar with those from aircraft flight recorders had been detected for more than two hours.

Flight MH370 went missing more than four weeks ago - something that is very rare. It iss thought to have crashed in the Indian Ocean but so far no debris has been found.

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Image caption Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, called it the "most promising lead" so far.

Promising Lead

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading the search, called it the "most promising lead" so far.

But he said more information was needed: "We haven't found the aircraft yet and we need further confirmation."

The plane was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March when it disappeared.

Malaysian officials say they believe it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

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