MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Malaysian, Australian and Chinese ministers met in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur earlier Friday to discuss search operations across a 120,000-square kilometer area (over 74,500 square miles).
"Ministers agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would not end, but be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square kilometer search area," the message read.
The aircraft vanished while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board. The jet is believed to have crashed somewhere in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean about 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) off Australia`s west coast.