Officials Announce MH370 Crashed In Ocean, Left No Survivors
By Daniel Gates | 10:44 am, March 24th, 2014
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the Indian Ocean, leaving no survivors, the company and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday.
The announcement comes after more than two weeks of frantic multinational searching for the aircraft, which went missing on March 8 after losing contact with ground controllers.
Razak cited new satellite data analysis provided by a British firm and crash investigators, ruling out the the plane could have landed safely.
He announced, “This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.”
“Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” continued Razak.
He added, “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.”
Malaysia Airlines contacted the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of the latest development.
The company’s message reads, “We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived… We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
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