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Abbott predicts long jet search

on April 12, 2014 10:15 AM

PERTH, Australia (AP) — With no new underwater signals detected, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today that the massive search for the Malaysian jet would likely continue “for a long time” as electronic transmissions from the dying black boxes were fading fast.

Abbott appeared to couch his comments from a day earlier while on a visit to China, where he met President Xi Jinping. He said Friday he was “very confident” signals heard by an Australian ship towing a U.S. Navy device that detects flight recorder pings are coming from the Boeing 777.

He continued to express this belief today, but added that the job of finding the plane that disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remains arduous.

“No one should underestimate the difficulties of the task still ahead of us,” he said.

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