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Sounds heard in plane search

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PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The head of the search effort for the missing Malaysian airliner says the detection of three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean "is an important and encouraging lead."

But retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston added a hefty dose of caution that the nature of the sounds has yet to be confirmed or dismissed. The latest sound was heard today. It's being described as an "acoustic event."

A Chinese ship had picked up electronic pulsing signals twice in a small patch of the search zone, once on Friday and again yesterday.

Today, an Australian ship carrying sophisticated deep-sea sound equipment picked up a third signal in in a different part of the massive search area.

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