NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian official says Malaysia has asked for India’s assistance in searching for a missing Malaysian jetliner, widening the search to an area near the Andaman Sea.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said Wednesday that Malaysian authorities had contacted their Indian counterparts seeking help in searching areas near the Andaman Sea.

The Malaysian Airline jet carrying 239 passengers was headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it went missing Saturday.

Akbaruddin did not say what has been decided yet.

“This is a new development. The two sides were working out what specifics they want, and what we can assist in,” he said.

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