Search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be expanded
Kuala Lumpur, April 16: Australian, Malaysian and Chinese ministers have decided to expand search area by another 60,000 sq km for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 if nothing is found in the current search zone, BBC reported on Thursday.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board.
It is believed to have crashed off Western Australia, but so far no trace has been found. Malaysia, China and Australia are committed to the search for missing MH370.
Four ships are currently scouring an area of the same size and have searched more than 60 per cent; they are due to finish the zone in May.
The additional search area could take up to a year to complete given adverse weather conditions in the upcoming winter months, a joint statement from the ministers said.
Investigators still do not know what happened to the plane. A widespread search has been conducted for the plane off the coast of Western Australia.