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Major development in search for missing MH370

Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield has twice detected signals in the past 24 hours, in what is a major development in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The signals are consistent with black boxes – if the search yields the aircraft’s black box, it may provide many clues to the craft’s fate. Prayers are continuing to be held for the 239 passengers and crew on board the flight which is suspected to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Major development in search for missing MH370
A US Navy Poseidon P-8 takes off to assist in the search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Perth International airport on April 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Angus Houston confirmed today that the Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield has twice detected signals in the past 24 hours consistent with aircraft black boxes. The airliner disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board and is suspected to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. (Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (ret'd) addresses the media during a press conference for the continuing search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Dumas House on April 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Angus Houston confirmed today that the Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield has twice detected signals in the past 24 hours consistent with aircraft black boxes. The airliner disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board and is suspected to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. (Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Captain Mark Matthews of the US Navy talks with the media following a press conference for the continuing search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Dumas House on April 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Angus Houston confirmed today that the Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield has twice detected signals in the past 24 hours consistent with aircraft black boxes. The airliner disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board and is suspected to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. (Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Malaysian Buddhists offer prayers for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2014. A Chinese ship searching the Indian Ocean for flight MH370 detected a signal at a frequency used by the missing aircraft's black boxes on April 5, but Australia warned there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the plane. (AFP/Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (ret'd) holds a map outlining the current search areas of naval ships Ocean Shield and Haixun 01 during a press conference for the continuing search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Dumas House on April 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Angus Houston confirmed today that the Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield has twice detected signals in the past 24 hours consistent with aircraft black boxes. The airliner disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board and is suspected to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. (Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Japanese ground crew prepare one of their nation's Air Force Orion planes for takes off from Pearce Airbase in Bullsbrook, 35 km north of Perth, to join the hunt for the missing MH370 plane in the Indian Ocean on April 6, 2014. Planes and ships were being diverted on April 6 to the area where a Chinese vessel detected signals consistent with a black box beacon in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the search chief said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
A volunteer covers the face of a crying Chinese relative after offering prayers for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2014. A Chinese ship searching the Indian Ocean for flight MH370 detected a signal at a frequency used by the missing aircraft's black boxes on April 5, but Australia warned there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the plane. (AFP/Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
A woman takes pictures of prayers and well-wishes hanging on a wall for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 during a mass prayer in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2014. A Chinese ship searching the Indian Ocean for flight MH370 detected a signal at a frequency used by the missing aircraft's black boxes on April 5, but Australia warned there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the plane. (AFP/Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Malaysian Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein delivers a statement to the media on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on April 5, 2014. A US Navy 'black box' detector made its much-anticipated debut in the oceanic hunt for flight MH370 on April 4 but Australia's search chief warned it was crunch time with the box's signal set to expire soon. (AFP/Getty Images)
Major development in search for missing MH370
Malaysian Buddhists offer prayers for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 during a service in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2014. Planes and ships were being diverted on April 6 to the area where a Chinese vessel detected signals consistent with a black box beacon in the hunt for missing flight MH370, the search chief said during a press conference in the Australian city of Perth on April 6. (AFP/Getty Images)