After an international search for the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared on March 8, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed today that the flight was lost in the Indian Ocean, and confirmed that there were no survivors.
Razak explained that the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch worked with British satellite company Inmarsat to determine the flight path of the plane, and confirmed its last position over the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.
“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.”
The relatives of the deceased passengers on board were notified prior to his address via text messages that read:
Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.
I can’t imagine a more horrible text to receive, and it’s impossible not to feel heartbroken for those family members who were waiting for the better part of a month, holding out hope for a different resolution. I’m glad to hear that the relatives were notified before Razak publicly announced the findings, but that seems like little comfort considering the outcome.
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