Search area for Flight 370 to double if plane isn't found in current area

Should searchers not have found anything by the time they've covered the entire 60,000-square-kilometer priority zone, the search will stretch into a new equally vast area.

The search for the missing Malaysian Flight 370 is still very much on and officials have said that the search area for the plane would double if it isn't found in the current search area.

CNN reports that teams are scouring the depths of a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean for the remains of the passenger jet that disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people on board.

So far, about 60% of the priority search zone has been scoured without any trace of the airliner. However if the searchers haven't found anything by the time they've covered the entire 60,000-square-kilometer priority zone, the search will stretch into a new equally vast area.

This was made known in a statement by government officials from Malaysia, Australia and China. They further said that "ministers remain committed to bring closure and some peace to the families and loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370."

The search of the current priority zone is expected to be completed in May, while overing the new zone could take as long as a year.

Flight 370 vanished somewhere  in the southern Indian Ocean, far off the coast of Western Australia, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 8th, 2014, bound for Beijing.

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