Asia: South & Central MH370 search area to be doubled if plane not found by May

The announcement removes some ambiguity about the future of the search as it was never made clear what would happen if the plane is not found.

US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/AP

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, affirming their commitment to not give up until it is located.