Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak made an emergency announcement over media just now.Here it goes,
Najib Razak: “It is with deep sadness and regret, that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
Malaysia’s prime minister has announced on the basis of new analysis it must be concluded that missing flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
He said Malaysia Airlines had told the families of the 239 people on board.
Earlier the BBC saw a text message sent to families saying it had to be assumed “beyond reasonable doubt” that the plane was lost and there were no survivors.
Flight MH370 went missing after taking off on 8 March.
The announcement by PM Najib Razak came on the fifth day of an international search effort in the southern Indian Ocean.
Based on new analysis the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the UK company that provided satellite data, “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,” he said.
“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.”
Here’s a summary of the latest grim updates from Malaysia:
• Malaysia’s prime minister has announced that new satellite data showed that flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean. In a brief statement Najib Razak said: “It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that… flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
• Malaysia Airlines announced that it was “beyond reasonable” doubt that the plane was lost with no survivors. “We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean,” it said in a statement.
• The new certainty about the plane’s fate was confirmed in analysis by British aerospace experts based on satellite data. They found that the plane’s last position was in a remote location in the middle of the Indian Ocean far from any landing strips.
• Families of the missing passengers were briefed about the new analysis minutes before the world’s media. Police and paramedics were on hand to help grieving relatives at a hotel in Beijing.
• Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has confirmed that the Australian ship HMAS Success is trying to recover two new objects spotted by search plane. In a statement to Parliament he cautioned that the objects may turn out to be unrelated to the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.
(Article Courtesy: various sources)