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Malaysia: Search area for Flight 370 will be doubled if plane is not found by May

  • From left to right, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang attend a press conference following their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday. Liow told reporters that the three countries, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    From left to right, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang attend a press conference following their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday. Liow told reporters that the three countries, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left to right, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang pose for a photo after a press conference following their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday. Liow told reporters that the three countries, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    From left to right, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang pose for a photo after a press conference following their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday. Liow told reporters that the three countries, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • En esta imagen del 13 de abril de 2014 tomada desde el avión de la Fuerza Aérea Neozelandesa (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion, el copiloto Brett McKenzie mira por la ventana en busca del vuelo 370 de Malaysia Airlines, en el Índico, cerca de la costa de Australia. (Greg Wood/Pool Foto via AP)

    En esta imagen del 13 de abril de 2014 tomada desde el avión de la Fuerza Aérea Neozelandesa (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion, el copiloto Brett McKenzie mira por la ventana en busca del vuelo 370 de Malaysia Airlines, en el Índico, cerca de la costa de Australia. (Greg Wood/Pool Foto via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia says the search area for the missing Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai says that Malaysia, Australia and China, which are leading the search for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search."

He told reporters Thursday after meeting with his counterparts from the other two countries that so far 61 percent of the search area has been scoured off Australia's west coast. The remaining area would have been searched by the end of May, he said.