New data shows the plane “ended” in southern Indian Ocean
The Malaysian airliner which disappeared more than two weeks ago with 239 people on board, crashed into Indian Ocean, the country’s prime minister has said.
After a largely unsuccessful search, conducted by more than 20 nations, new data analysis have concluded “beyond all reasonable doubt” that the jet “ended” in the southern tip of the ocean.
None of the people on board survived the crash, Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Monday.
“It is with deep sadness and regret, that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” Mr. Razak said.
The conclusion was the result of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight, he said. The analysis was done by British satellite firm Inmarsat, which provided satellite data, and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, AAIB.
The firms “concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” Mr Razak said. “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.”
The flight disappeared after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur. Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese.
The prime minister said Malaysia Airlines had told the families of those on board the aircraft.
A massive international search operation has been taking place in the southern Indian Ocean, along the southern arc or corridor of the plane’s possible route, more than 1,500 miles (2,500km) off the south-west coast of Australia.
In the last three days, Australian, French and Chinese investigators have reported spotting debris. None of the claims were confirmed.
The unidentified objects have been seen in separate parts of the vast search area, in some of the world’s most remote waters with very unpredictable weather conditions.
As the announcement was made Monday, families of the victims wept, and some were taken away on stretchers by medical teams, news agencies reported.
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