The search area for the missing MH370 plane has narrowed and will be at “a critical juncture” in the next two days, Malaysia’s acting transport minister has said.
Hishammuddin Hussein said an underwater drone would finish searching the area within the next week.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing in March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 people.
Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 is scheduled to finish scanning the underwater search zone next week to cover areas where pings believed to be from the black boxes of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, have been detected.
The findings in those 48 hours would be vital to see what needed to be done and, if necessary, to re-look data and information received from the 26 nations that had assisted Malaysia.
Hishammuddin also made it clear that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s statement on the need to regroup and reconsider the search-and-recovery operations if there were no new updates was not to cease the search for the missing jetliner.
“I have to stress that this is not to stop operations, but to consider other approaches which may include widening the scope of the search and utilising other assets.”
Authorities, he added, even decided to rope in private companies with deep-water salvage and recovery capabilities to support the search operation for the Boeing 777-200ER that fell off radar screens on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.