The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 will end in two weeks, confirmed Malaysia’s transport minister on friday.
“We’re at the final lap within these two weeks,” the minister, Liow Tiong Lai told reporters. “We hope we can find the plane.”
Minister Liow did not specify a date but said that a tripartite meeting will be held after a final report is released as soon as the 120,000 square kilometre search ends.
Investigators recommended last month that the search be extended by 25,000 sq km to an area further north in the Indian Ocean, after conceding for the first time they were probably looking in the wrong place.
The Malaysian Airlines jet carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
The latest report by the search coordinator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, was due to be completed in a week or two.
The three countries involved in the search — Malaysia, Australia and China — would meet before January 28 to decide on the next course of action.