New details emerge today about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing over two weeks ago on it’s way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Per this USA Today article, the Malaysia Flight 370 ‘ended’ in Indian Ocean.
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 Razak said Monday.
Though no wreckage has been found, Najib said the finding means there could not possibly have been any survivors.
The prime minister said the new information, based on an unprecedented analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat and by British accident investigators, shows that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
There are no islands nearby where the plane could’ve landed nearby, and if it went that far from its intended flight path the jet would have run out of fuel.
“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 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 families 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 who had been called to a hotel near the airport to hear the announcement shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably. Some collapsed, some broke chairs. People overcome with grief were taken out on stretchers by medical teams, and others lashed out at the news media present.