U.S. Navy Won't Dismiss 'Pings' Lead in Jet Search

By: AP
By: AP

CANBERRA, Australia - A U.S. Navy spokesman has dismissed as "speculative and premature" an American expert's reported comments that the acoustic "pings" at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane had not come from the jet's back boxes.

CNN reported the Navy's deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael Dean, says most countries now agree that the sounds detected by the Navy's Towed Ping Locator in April in the Indian Ocean off Australia came from a man-made source unrelated to the missing jet.

Navy spokesman Chris Johnson said in a statement on Thursday that "Dean's comments ... were speculative and premature, as we continue to work with our partners to more thoroughly understand the data acquired by the Towed Pinger Locator."

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