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New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet

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UPDATE FROM CNN:

The pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was the last person to speak to air traffic controllers, Malaysian sources told CNN today. "Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero," he said, according to the sources.

The plane disappeared from military radar for about 120 nautical miles after it deviated from its original course and crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula, sources say. Based on available data, this means the plane must have dipped in altitude to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, a senior Malaysian government official and a source involved in the investigation tell CNN.

Malaysia Air Force jets scrambled in the Straits of Malacca as a precautionary measure, soon after the plane was reported missing, Malaysian sources told CNN. The jets were scrambled before authorities corroborated the data that the plane turned back westward, a senior Malaysian government official told CNN.

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PERTH, Australia (AP) -- An Australian official says a search crew hunting for the missing Malaysian jet has located a new possible underwater signal.

The search agency coordinating the search off Australia's west coast says an Australian navy aircraft on Thursday picked up a signal in the same area a ship first heard sounds consistent with an aircraft's black boxes earlier this week.

The aircraft dropped sound-locating buoys by parachute in a pattern near where the signals were last heard.

Angus Houston, who is heading up the search, said in a statement that the plane picked up a "possible signal" that may be from a man-made source.

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