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Dead black box battery could frustrate MH370 search

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Search authorities now fear that the black box of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has lost battery power, as no electronic signals have been recorded since April 8 when Australian ship Ocean Shield documented two sounds consistent with those of a flight data recorder.

Despite Tony Abbott’s statement last week that the search area for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane had been significantly narrowed to “within some kilometres,” the Australian government Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre said they had not recorded any confirmed “acoustic detections” in the last 24 hours.

A lack of black box pings could frustrate search efforts in the South Indian Ocean.

“No one should underestimate the difficulties of the task still ahead of us,” Mr Abbott told media in Beijing.

The search continues as unconfirmed reports in Malaysia’s New Straits Times suggest that the co-pilot of the plane, Fariq Abdul Hamid, made a call from his mobile phone after the plane went off the radar.

The Malaysian government has refused to confirm the reports.

“I cannot comment because, if it is true, we would have known about it much earlier,” Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters yesterday.

A search investigator has also revealed to the Sunday Times that the missing aircraft was “thrown around like a fighter jet” in order to avoid radar detection after dropping from its cruising altitude.