Missing MH370: Najib announces flight of plane ended in southern Indian Ocean

Missing MH370: Najib announces flight of plane ended in southern Indian Ocean
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) delivers a statement on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during a press conference at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on March 24, 2014.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced that British investigators from its UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have confirmed that the flight of Malaysian Airlines MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

He said that Immarsat, the company that indicated the plane flew along northern and southern, using sophisticated technology have managed to trace the flight path.

"Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370's flight path."

He said that MAS, together with AAIB, determined that MH370 flew along the Southern Corridor, and the last position was in the middle of the Indfian Ocean West of Perth,

"With deep sadness and regret, that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," he said.

PM Najib also posted the statement on his Facebook page.

Here is the statement in full:

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data.

Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB 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.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. 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.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. 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.

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