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More 'pings' raise hopes that Flight 370 will be found

Wednesday - 4/9/2014, 5:30pm  ET

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The head of the search effort says he believes searchers are closing in on the "final resting place" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

This, after a navy ship heard more signals yesterday from deep in the Indian Ocean. And an analysis of two other sounds that were detected over the weekend showed they were consistent with a plane's flight recorders.

The signals are the strongest indication yet that the plane is now lying at the bottom of the ocean in the area where the search is focused.

Angus Houston, the Australian official who's coordinating the search, says he's "optimistic" that the plane will be found "in the not-too-distant future."

Yesterday marked one month since Flight 370 vanished on its way from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. The batteries that power the locator beacons for the flight recorders only last about a month.

If the batteries fail before they're found, locating them in such deep water would be difficult, if not impossible.

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192-a-12-(Navy Captain Mark Matthews, in AP interview)-"autonomous underwater vehicle"-Navy Captain Mark Matthews says searchers are working to drastically narrow the area in which a sub will need to search the darkness of the Indian Ocean floor. (9 Apr 2014)

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191-a-13-(Navy Captain Mark Matthews, in AP interview)-"we still can"-Navy Captain Mark Matthews says searchers are working as efficiently as possible to zero in on the pings of the plane's black box data recorder before its batteries run out. (9 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO SYD103: In this April 9, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Defense Force, a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion flies past Australian Defense vessel Ocean Shield on a mission to drop sonar buoys to assist in the acoustic search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more underwater signals that may be emanating from the aircraft's black boxes, and the Australian official in charge of the search expressed hope Wednesday that the plane's wreckage will soon be found. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, LSIS Bradley Darvill) EDITORIAL USE ONLY (9 Apr 2014)

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