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US black box detector arrives in Australia

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Uphill task: The Malaysia Airlines crash investigation, which Kuala Lumpur says it will lead, is shaping up as one of the most costly and difficult ever. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[PERTH] US equipment designed to detect black box signals arrived in Australia yesterday, as searchers stepped up efforts to find some trace of a Malaysian airliner thought to have crashed 18 days ago thousands of kilometres off course in the Indian Ocean. A dozen aircraft from Australia, the