Mystery of Flight 370: US Helping With Investigation

Officials fine tune the search area as the U.S. is now deploying a high-tech underwater drone.
3:00 | 03/31/14

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We turn next here for the search of Malaysian flight 370. Tonight, there's a real race against time because of that pinging coming from that black box. They believe they have a week before the battery runs out. Authorities fine-tuning the search area in that yellow area. They're also rushing this out to sea, this device that listens for the pings from the black bocks before they fall silent. ABC's David Wright onboard a ship heading out to the search zone. David. Reporter: As dawn breaks here in Australia, this vessel is getting set to ship out, carrying on board a piece of American technology that many hope will help solve the mystery. The eyes in the sky haven't yet conclusively found any debris from flight 370. Ten planes searching an area the size of New Mexico Sunday. Several of them spotted objects in the water, but surface vessels have yet to confirm those objects came from the missing plane. But already the next phase of this search is about to take sail. It will take three or four days for the ocean shield to get into position. They'll be toeing that U.S. Navy low Kay or the, they'll been listening for the beacon from those black boxes. How big of a noise does thing make? Well, you can see the size, so it's relatively small. If you were to put it into the water, you wouldn't be able to hear it with your ear. Reporter: Even with this high-tech gear, they'll have to be less than a mile away to hear it. Effectively, right on top of it. Phase two would then be to take that autonomous underwater vehicle we have. A submersible robot? And submersible robot, basically. Having use sonar to map out the debris field. Reporter: Robot able to function up to 20,000 feet below water. Families of the Chinese passengers demanded Malaysian officials apologize for botching the search. A respected former chairman of the Australian joints chiefs is now in command. Time is of the essence now. Because the batteries on those black boxes have only days left on them. David Wright. David, thank you.

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