Malaysia to host meeting with China, Australia on MH370 search plans

Construction workers walk behind a mural dedicated to missing MH370 on a wall next to a parking lot in Kuala Lumpur on March 24.
Construction workers walk behind a mural dedicated to missing MH370 on a wall next to a parking lot in Kuala Lumpur on March 24. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia said it will host a two-day meeting with Australia and China beginning Monday (June 20) to discuss next steps in the fruitless search for missing flight MH370.

Malaysian state-run Bernama news agency late Saturday quoted a Transport Ministry official saying the meeting would focus on "the future direction of the search operation for MH370".

The three countries have said previously they will call off the Australian-led hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 if nothing is found in a designated search area in the remote Indian Ocean.

So far 105,000 sq km of the 120,000-sq-km seafloor search zone has been covered without success.

Recent bad weather has delayed the expected completion of the search to August, Australian authorities said earlier this month.

The jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board in March 2014, and is presumed to have crashed into the sea far off Western Australia's coast.

Several pieces of debris have been found thousands of kilometres from the suspected crash area but they have so far shed no light on what caused the disaster.