Passengers' relatives find it hard to accept the news
China has asked Malaysia to provide all the information and evidence leading to the conclusion that Malaysia Airline MH370 had ended in the southern Indian Ocean, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing early Tuesday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the plane's fate on Monday night, adding that the conclusion was based on an unprecedented analysis of satellite data.
"With deep sadness and regret, I must inform you that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," he said, citing satellite data provided by the British company Inmarsat, which indicated the northern and southern corridors of the search area.
"Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch 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," he said.
Najib said the data indicated the plane flew to a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.
The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to the Boeing 777-200, which disappeared on March 8 shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people, including 154 Chinese on board.
Dressed in a black suit, Najib said Malaysia Airlines has informed the passengers' families of the plane's fate.
In Beijing, the family members found it hard to accept the news.