After over two weeks of searching, hoping and waiting, it has been concluded by investigators that the missing flight MH370, headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, crashed in the southern corridor of the Indian Ocean. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the news at a press conference following an emergency meeting held for the loved ones of the flight’s passengers.
According to the PM, “a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort” was used to locate the plane and the analysis and other calculations were carried out with the help of British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat. The location is completely isolated and far from any landing sites due to which the PM said, “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.”
Malaysian Airlines has dispatched a text message to all of the relatives of those onboard the plane saying that the flight has been lost and that there are no survivors. The plane’s last location was in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia. With 26 countries using every method of search and rescue to locate the plane, the mystery has come to a tragic end. Officials say that the flight was intentionally diverted from its original flight path, which means that although the plane has been found, investigations are just beginning.
Recently, China, Australia and France have spotted debris from the plane in the southern corridor of the Indian Ocean, which has led investigators to focus the search toward that area. For the moment, the hunt for debris is the main priority since the plane’s black box will give some insight into what happened to the ill-fated flight.
See the official announcement by the Malaysian Prime Minister here: