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In what may be breakthroughs in the monthlong search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a Chinese patrol ship searching the southern Indian Ocean has discovered a signal coming on the same frequency known to be used by so-called black boxes, and planes have identified new objects in the water, officials said Saturday.

“I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area,” Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre, said in a prepared statement.

“The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box,” he said, adding that a number of white objects were sited about 56 miles (90 kilometers) away.

“However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft,” the retired air chief marshal said.