Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Ended In Southern Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Announced

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Announcement, Asia, Current Events, World Comments

The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 is now assumed to have crashed with no survivors in the Southern Indian Ocean.

“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,” Malaysia Airlines said in a statement.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in a press conference held on March 24, 10:00 PM (Malaysia Time) that analysis of data by Inmarsat concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. He said that it is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.

Below is the full text of the press statement by the Malaysian Prime Minister.

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the 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.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB 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.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.



Malaysian Prime Minister Press Conference on Flight MH370
Credit: CNN



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