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Time slips as black box search continues for missing Flight 370

Search area is seen on an iPad of a military officer onboard a Vietnam Air Force AN-26 aircraft, during a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, off Con Dao island Photo: Image by John Goh Reuters

Time slips as black box search continues for missing Flight 370

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 6, 2014

With no end in sight, search teams are following three radio pings in hopes of finding the black box of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The battery of the machine could die by next week.

"Twelve military aircraft and 13 ships are searching three vast areas about 1,240 miles northwest of Perth, Australia," reports Time. "A Chinese ship detected one radio ping on Friday, and then a second ping on Saturday about 1.4 miles away as it re-combed the search area of Australia’s west coast, reports the Associated Press. The second ping lasted 90 seconds.

"A third radio ping was detected Sunday 300 nautical miles away by an Australian ship using sophisticated deep-sea sound equipment supplied by the U.S. Navy," further reports Time. "The Australian ship, Ocean Shield, will head to assist the Chinese after investigating the third pulse."

A plane's black box typically remains active after a crash for 30 to 45 days. MH370 vanished March 8 about and hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.