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03/23/2014 10:10 am ET Updated Mar 24, 2014

Congressman: 'Frustration' With Malaysian Government Over Flight Search

A member of the House Aviation Subcommittee criticized the Malaysian government Sunday for a lack of openness with other nations as it the leads the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

"I wish it was better," Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) said of the communication between Malaysia and other countries. "The reports I'm getting are of frustration."

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Meehan acknowledged that American involvement in the search has been relatively limited, but added that the U.S. shares the "concerns" aired by China as Malaysia keeps other countries at a distance during the search.

"You heard the Chinese [are] worried the other day about the information they're getting," Meehan said. "I think across the board people are looking for more in the way of openness from the Malaysian government in terms of sharing the information they have in a timely manner."

Most of the passengers on the missing flight are from China, which has deployed a fleet of naval ships and more than 20 satellites in the search efforts. Despite those resources, the Chinese government has found itself "desperately prodding" the Malaysian government for whatever information it has, The New York Times reported Saturday. The tension has led to steady rebukes from the Chinese government on state-sponsored media there in recent days.

Flight 370 went missing on March 8 with 239 passengers on board. On Sunday, the French government provided Malaysia with satellite images that may show debris from the plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

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