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Malaysia may widen search area to find missing plane

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia might widen the search area in the Indian Ocean and use more assets to try to find a passenger jet that went missing six weeks ago, a senior Malaysian official said Saturday.

Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the plan to stop the use of a submersible drone next week in underwater search of Beijing-bound flight MH370, with 239 people on board, will not end the search operations.

"I have to stress that this is not to stop operations but to also consider other approaches which may include widening the scope of the search and utilising other assets that could be relevant in the search operation," he said in a press briefing.

"The asset deployment committee has identified private companies that have the capabilities for deep-water salvage and recovery work, and other national assets that can be deployed to support this operation," he added.

DPA


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