The search area for the doomed plane has been refined because of data from the satellite company Inmarsat, which tracked the jet on a southern route off the western coast of Australia. But even knowing the plane did crash-land in the Indian Ocean, the exact location remains a mystery, said Chris McLaughlin, Inmarsat’s senior vice president.
“We can’t give you a definitive ‘X marks the spot,’ we can give you a range area in which to look, which is what the world’s navies and aircraft are now doing,” McLaughlin told ABC News.
Hishammuddin is scheduled to appear at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers meeting in Hawaii, which starts today and runs until Thursday. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is convening the meeting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.