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Chinese claims in Malaysia plane hunt reportedly seen as slowing down search

Officials from the U.S. and other nations involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have expressed exasperation at claims of possible discovery made by the Chinese that they say have cost investigators vital time, according to a published report. The New York Times reports that China's claim earlier this month that one of its ships had detected possible signals from the plane's black boxes hundreds of miles away from where the search is now concentrated was the latest in a series of proclamations that have drawn the ire of other countries. The signals allegedly detected April 5 by the Chinese ship Haixun 01 caused search officials to send the British ship HMS Echo to assist the Chinese vessel instead of to the area where the Australian ship Ocean Shield was located. Later in the week, Ocean Shield picked up four signals that Angus Houston, the Australian head of the search coordinating committee, called "the very best lead we have." The Times report cities officia...

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