After weeks of an unprecedented international search in hopes of a rescue, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak solemnly announced at 10:24 am ET (10:24 pm Malaysian local time) that Malaysia Flight 370 ended its journey on March 8, 2014 in the southern Indian Ocean. Somehow we knew this heartbreaking ending to this most compelling mystery in aviation safety and security history could be inevitable.

This human tragedy and story captivated the attention and hearts of people from all walks of life around the world, all anxiously hoping and praying for the survival of the 239 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Flight 370. With the sad news recently announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, we can now focus our attention on the families and friends of the 239 loved ones lost, who must now come to terms with the sad reality of their loved ones’ passing. May the flight MH370 families and friends be comforted in the knowledge that so many people around the world are praying for them at this extremely difficult and sad time. Our blessings and sympathies collectively around the world go out to all who are touched by the tragedy of Malaysia Flight 370.

Citing groundbreaking satellite-data analysis by the British company Inmarsat, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished more than a fortnight ago while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, had crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean. All 239 people on board were presumed dead, airline officials said on Monday.

Najib’s announcement opens the way for what could be one of the most costly and challenging air crash investigations in history.The launch of an official air crash investigation would give Malaysia power to coordinate and sift evidence, but it may still face critics, especially China, which had more than 150 citizens on board the missing plane and has criticised Malaysia over the progress of the search.

Speaking to BBC News today, Chris McLaughlin, Inmarsat’s senior vice president, explained how his firm was able to conclude the aircraft definitely flew south.

He said: ‘We took Malaysian 777 airline data and modeled that against the northern and southern path and what we discovered was that the path to the south is undoubtedly the one taken.’Asked why it took so long, he said: ‘We have been dealing with a totally new area, we have been trying to help an investigation based on a single signal once and hour from an aircraft that didn’t include any GPS data or any time and distance information so this really was a bit of a shot in the dark and it is to the credit of our scientific team that they managed to model this.’

The new data revealed that MH370 flew along the southern corridor where investigators had said the plane could have travelled along, based on pings sent several hours after it disappeared on March 8.Investigators had drawn up two huge search areas in two large arcs – a northern corridor stretching from Malaysia to Central Asia and a southern corridor extending down towards Antartica.

The search has been held up by adverse weather conditions, which prompted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to suspend operations for at least 24 hours, it was announced Tuesday.

Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya meanwhile promised to arrange for families of the passengers killed on the flight to be taken to the recovery site. The will be given $5000 to cover expenses and the Australian Government will waive visa fees.

(Article Courtesy: various sources)