Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak delivered heartbreaking news to the families of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 holding on to a glimmer of hope.
Despite conspiracy theories and wishful thinking, the “missing” flight had indeed crashed with no survivors emerging.
Via NBC News:
Najib Razak said flight data suggested the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777’s “last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, [Australia].”
He added: “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing site. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this data the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
The prime minister said his conclusion was based on work by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch and satellite firm Inmarsat, which had been “performing further calculations on the data, using a type of analysis, never before used in an investigation of this sort.”
“Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development,” the prime minister added. “For them the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. I know this news must be harder still.”
They received the news via text message on their mobile devices.
The flight had been reported missing since March 8 as it was set to head to Beijing Capital International Airport.