PERTH, Western Australia- Australia has found the black boxes of Flight MH370, over a month after the Malaysian Airlines 777 went missing, with 239 passengers and crew from 14 nations
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will announce the news to the world Friday April 11, local time in China, where the PM was travelling on an official visit.
Perth based aviation journalist Geoffry Thomas broke the news on twitter.
Black boxes of MH370 may have been found. PM to make announcement at 11.45am
— Geoffrey Thomas (@GeoffreyT_Air) April 11, 2014
239 people perished when MH370 entered the Indian Ocean on the morning of March 9, 2014.
The Flight is believed to have run out of fuel before crashing into the ocean, over 2,500km from the coast of Western Australia.
Yesterday, a PC3 Orion RAAF jet heard pings from the Ocean Floor, two days after Australian Navy vessel the Ocean Sheild also detected signals far off the Western Australian north-west coast.
This is breaking news updates soonUpdate: Abbott statement to Australian media moments ago. PM Abbott said in China: “We have very much narrowed down the search area and we are very confident the signals are from the black box.”
Abbott noted he would speak to the President of China before he made more comment.
Updates to come soon.... Come back for more.
"But confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recovering wreckage from almost 4.5 kilometres beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on that flight," he added.
"I grieve with all the bereaved, especially the family and friends of the 154 Chinese victims, and I offer them the assurance that Australia will not rest until we have done everything we can to provide comfort and closure," he said.