An Australian Plane Picks up Signal from Blackbox of Malaysian Flight

(CNN) — Investigators got new information that may help them narrow the possible whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as details emerged Thursday that shed light on the doomed flight’s final moments early March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur toward Beijing.
A search plane has detected a possible signal from the locator beacons on the so-called black boxes from the missing aircraft, the Australian agency coordinating the search announced.
“The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” said retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the agency’s chief coordinator.
Other important elements were revealed Thursday from a senior Malaysian government official and another source involved in the investigation:
• Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from military radar for about 120 nautical miles after it crossed back over the Malaysian Peninsula, sources say. Based on available data, this means the plane must have dipped in altitude to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, a senior Malaysian government official and a source involved in the investigation tell CNN.

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