Malaysia Leader Says Flight 370 ‘ended’ in Indian Ocean
New developments in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over the weekend revealed more details about what happened before the plane went off the grid on Saturday, March 8.
Via USA Today:
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A new analysis of electronic data shows that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people aboard “ended” in a remote area of the Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razar said Monday. He indicated 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 that the plane went down 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 Boeing 777 had left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 bound for Beijing. The last word from the plane came only minutes before it made a mysterious left turn that sent it out toward the Indian Ocean.
The purported crash area is the same location where satellite images have shown signs of debris that could be connected to the missing airliner.
Just before the prime minister spoke in Kuala Lumpur, the airline sent a brief text message to family members of the passengers, saying, “(w)e have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived.”
In Beijing, relatives shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably and men and women held up their loved ones when they heard the news. They had been called to a hotel near the airport to hear the announcement.
Afterward, they filed out of a conference room in heart-wrenching grief. One woman collapsed and fell on her knees, crying “My son! My son!”
Najib, who wore a somber, black suit and took no questions, noted that the airline had informed the family members of the latest findings, adding, “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.”
I Can’t even imagine how these folks are dealing with this, my prayers go out to everyone and their families.