Pings consistent with black box

But ship fails to find them next day in hunt for jetliner

Posted: April 8, 2014 at 5:26 a.m.

A woman comforts another as they attend a candlelight vigil for their loved ones with other relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a hotel in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the month long hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Even as they celebrated the discovery of underwater signals that possibly came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the authorities involved in the search cautioned Monday that they were still far from confirming the location of the airliner and solving the mystery of its disappearance. The Australian naval vessel the Ocean Shield, equipped with technology on loan from the U.S. Navy, picked up a series of electronic pings Sunday that had the characteristics of transmissions from a plane’s data and cockpit voice recorders, commonly known as black boxes.

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