Malaysia Airlines and Prime Minister Najib Razak informed family members of passengers on Flight MH370 that new satellite data concludes the plane, which vanished from radar screens on March 8, had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean
Co-Pilot, Flying Officer Marc Smith, turns his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather whilst searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean March 24, 2014.
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The Malaysia Airlines plane missing for more than two weeks crashed in the southern Indian Ocean and none of the 239 people aboard survived, officials said Monday, dashing the hopes of families who held onto it by a thread during the longest and most mysterious disappearance in modern aviation history.
Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, citing a new analysis of satellite and other data, said investigators have concluded that Flight 370 was in “the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Australia, when it crashed. “This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites,” Razak told reporters, adding that he was making the announcement “with deep sadness and regret.” Razak said he would hold a news conference Tuesday to share more details.
His remarks followed a text message sent from Malaysia Airlines to family members of the people aboard, many of whom have been gathered for weeks in a hotel in Beijing. “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived,” the airline said.
The duel declarations seemed to signal an end to any hope of survivors, if not necessarily the end of a massive international search for the plane itself. The plane vanished March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the search has grown to encompass massive swaths of land and sea. It has most recently been focused in the southern Indian Ocean, where Chinese and Frech satellites have pointed to evidence of possible debris from the plane, though search efforts have yet to find any of the actual debris.