Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang attend a press conference on April 16, 2015. The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 23,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said. Liow told reporters that the three countries, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

(Bloomberg) — Investigators looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean may almost double the area they are combing if the current search doesn’t yield any results.

The search area may jump to 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) and the additional territory may take a year to comb, according to a statement issued by Malaysia, China and Australia. Ministers of the three countries met in Kuala Lumpur today to agree on the new course of action after 13 months of search so far yielded not one piece of debris.

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