Searchers Hear Signals Consistent With Missing Plane's Black Boxes
Australian officials say a navy ship has detected new signals "consistent" with the black box data recorders of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.
Search chief Angus Houston told reporters Monday in Perth the development during the past day is the "most promising lead" so far in the search for the Boeing 777 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia.
He emphasized that further confirmation is needed, which could take days, but he described the information picked up by the U.S. Navy ping detector as "very encouraging."
Houston said the detector towed by the Australian ship Ocean Shield had contact that lasted two hours and 20 minutes, followed by another contact of 13 minutes. He said this would be "consistent with transmissions from both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder."
Once a general position of the latest signals is confirmed, he said an underwater autonomous vehicle can be sent to investigate.
Ukraine PM: Russia Backed Sunday's Unrest in the East
Ukraine's prime minister has accused Russia of backing separatist demonstrations, including the seizure of government buildings Sunday in three eastern Ukrainian cities.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a Cabinet meeting Monday that Russia is behind the unrest that rose up in the eastern cities of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkiv. He said the demonstrations are clearly part of a plan to destabilize the situation and allow "foreign" troops to cross the border and seize Ukrainian territory.
Mr. Yatsenyuk said Russian troops remain stationed within 30 kilometers of Ukraine.
Reuters news agency reports Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchnyov, also blamed Russia for Sunday's demonstrations and accused them of "playing out the Crimean scenario." He vowed anti-terrorist measures will be carried out.