More underwater pings heard in hunt for plane

PERTH - A ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more underwater signals, raising hopes the wreckage of the plane will soon be found, the Australian official in charge of the search said Wednesday.


Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search for the missing plane said that the Australian navy's Ocean Shield picked up the two signals in a sweep on Tuesday, and that analysis of two sounds detected in the same area last week showed they were consistent with a plane's black boxes.


"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft." (AP)