Malaysia Official Traveling to US to Discuss Jet Search

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_318ed2a98a.jpgRufus Cox/Getty Images (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- Malaysia’s acting transport minister will be traveling to the United States to meet with officials about the missing Malaysia Airlines jet search, he said at a press conference Monday. Hishammuddin Hussein said he will be traveling to Hawaii for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defence Ministers Meeting, which is being held from April 1-3. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is convening the meeting.

Hishammuddin plans to discuss search developments and appeal for additional help, including the deployment of more specific military assets to the southern Indian Ocean, where Flight 370 is believed to have landed.

"I shall be discussing with the United States, and our other friends and allies, how best we can acquire the assets needed for possible deep sea search and recovery,” he said.

During Monday's press briefing, Hishammuddin appealed to the relatives of passengers on the plane, expressing that search efforts will continue.

"We will continue searching, and we will keep investigating, and we will never give up until we find out what happened to MH370," he said.

Authorities remain focused on finding wreckage from the missing plane, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said 10 aircraft and 10 ships are participating in Monday’s search, which involves an area about 1,150 miles west of Australia.

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