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Today is Sunday 20th April 2014.

LATEST NEWS – All hope is gone that signals will be heard from deep within the Southern Indian Ocean, as the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 continues apace.

Pings from what are believed to be the aircraft black boxes were first heard a week and a half ago as the batteries powering them reached the end of their lifespan. Ominously, nothing more has been heard since the signals were reacquired for a short period a week ago Wednesday.

They have been heard a total of four times but nevertheless assist search teams to hone in on a possible debris field in which to further search for key parts of the Malaysian jet.

Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield deployed the Bluefin 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for its seventh mission in the search area yesterday.

It has now searched approximately 50 per cent of a carefully focused underwater search area but no contacts of interest have been found to date.

The Bluefin-21 AUV’s eighth mission has commenced.

The AP-3C Orions continue their acoustic search, working in conjunction with Ocean Shield. The oceanographic ship HMS Echo also continues to assist with Ocean Shield.

Eleven military aircraft and 12 ships will help with today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, over a planned visual search area totaling approximately¬†48,507 square kilometres, across two distinct areas.

Well over a week has gone by since Australian authorities dramatically altered the search area following receipt of what was termed “credible new information”, but debris spotted and retrieved from the surface of the Southern Indian Ocean has so far not been linked to the missing aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on 8 March 2014 – LATEST NEWS

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