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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:19 - Updated Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:12

Malaysia plane MH370: Pinger locator deployed in search

Search teams have begun using a towed pinger locator to hunt for the black box of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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Two ships with locator capabilities are searching a 240km (150 mile) underwater path, in the hope of recovering the plane's data recorder.

Up to 14 planes and nine ships were due to take part in Friday's search.

The plane disappeared on 8 March en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It was carrying 239 people.

It is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, although no confirmed debris has been found from the plane.

The search is being co-ordinated from the city of Perth in Western Australia.

The battery-powered pingers on the plane's black box stop transmitting about 30 days after a crash, giving the searchers now perhaps only a few days to locate it.

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