New satellite data shows the missing Malaysian plane MH370 went down in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth—a remote part without any possible landing options, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced today.
It is lost “beyond reasonable doubt,” Malaysian Airlines (MAS) said in the Malaysian Insider report.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Malaysian Prime minister made the announcement late this evening explaining the news of the missing Malaysian plane, while MAS had informed the relatives of the passengers and crew first.
“For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still,” Razak said. Over half of the passengers were Chinese, heading back from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
It was Inmarsat, a UK company, that confirmed the flight path. Based on their satellite data, “using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path,” Razak said.
“Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.”
After waiting two weeks for a sign their loved ones were still alive, MAS’s statement to relatives of the 239 passengers on the flight was a tragic blow. “We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived … We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
Razak was not taking questions from journalists, telling them a full press conference would be held tomorrow.