It appears as though there is some resolution, though not a happy one in the case of the missing Malaysia Flight 370 that had 239 passengers aboard. A new analysis of electronic data shows that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 “ended” in a remote area of the India Ocean, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razar said Monday. He made it apparent what everyone has feared, there were no survivors.
The prime minister said the new information – based on an unprecedented analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat and by British and U.S. accident investigators, shows the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing site,” Najib said in a brief, televised statement. “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.”
The missing Malaysia flight 370 had left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8th. The last known piece of information was the plane made a mysterious left turn that sent it out toward the Indian Ocean.
Just before the Prime Minister’s televised statement, the airline sent a brief text message to family members of the passengers, saying, “We have to assume beyond reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived.”
In Beijing, heartbroken relatives shrieked and cried at the announcement as men and women held up their loved ones when they heard the news. They had been gathered at a hotel near the airport to hear the official announcement about Malaysia flight 370.
Najib, who took no questions, noted that the airline had informed the family members of the latest findings, saying, “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.”