In a somber statement, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters that based on new analysis, the final destination for MH370 was a remote part of the Indian Ocean:
Malaysia PM just told reporters: “Flight #MH370 ended in the Southern Indian Ocean.”— Brian Ries (@moneyries) March 24, 2014
The PM explained that new information from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Inmarsat, the British company that issued the satellite data used to narrow the search to two corridors, revealed that the flight almost certainly terminated in the Indian Ocean. He did not say whether the debris that was noticed earlier Australian and French investigators was related to the plane, but added that further details will be announced in a press conference tomorrow. You can see his full statement here:
Najib added that the families of those lost had been informed of the news prior to the official press conference. In an odd decision, meant to get ahead of rumors, it seems that many families may have learned the latest news via text message:
Onlookers anticipated a major new development this morning, when Malaysian officials called an emergency meeting for the families of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ahead of a planned press conference:
Now, after weeks of false leads, the final word is that nobody could have survived the crash:
The tragic news leaves no hope for the families and others affected by the loss of those aboard the plane. Witnesses describe a devastating scene:
Stretchers going into the #MH370 families room in Beijing. Wailing heard after Malaysian PM said jet definitely crashed into Indian Ocean.— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) March 24, 2014
Families have told me they DO want media to see their distress, only then will world see #mh370— Lucy Watson (@lucywatsonitv) March 24, 2014
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