Malaysia prime minister says new data shows missing plane plunged into Indian Ocean
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:09:49 GMT —
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a new analysis of satellite data shows that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.
The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370, which disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.
Dressed in a black suit, Najib announced the news "with deep sadness and regret" in a brief news conference Monday.
He said Malaysia Airlines has informed the families of passengers of the plane's fate.
Najib said the information was based on an unprecedented analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat.
In Beijing, there's renewed grief today for family members of the 239 people on board flight 370 with today's announcement.
Relatives of passengers in Beijing -- the plane's destination -- were called to a hotel near the airport today to hear the news, and about 50 of them gathered there. There were shrieks and sobs after the announcement. One woman collapsed and fell on her knees, mourning the loss of her son.
Another woman whose brother-in-law was on the flight says she was prepared for the worst when she heard the Malaysian prime minister would make a statement. She said the news is a "blow" that is "beyond description."
Some of the families received a text message from the airline. It 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." It said, "We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."