The prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott has intimated in a press conference that rescue teams are now within “several” kilometres of what they are certain confident are the black box flight recorders from missing Malaysian plane MH370.
However, he added that they were now in a race against time to find it as the signal is beginning to fade.
The Australian Prime Minister will be having a personal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this afternoon in Beijing to apprise him on the current efforts to locate the black box.
However, he has refused to reveal any more details out of respect to the Chinese families, until he has met with the president of China. “I really don’t want to say more than that,” he said.
Nevertheless in a message of condolence for the families and friend of 154 Chinese victims, Mr Abbott guaranteed the Chinese leadership “that Australia will not rest until we have done everything we can to provide comfort and closure. You will be among sorrowing friends should you choose to come to Australia.”
Later on, the PM described the disappearance of the plane as one of the “great mysteries of our time”.