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MH370 crash conclusion based on new satellite data

03-25-2014 07:34 BJT Special Report: Malaysia Airlines Plane Bound for Beijing Goes Missing |

By CCTV correspondent Rian Maelzer

Malaysia’s prime minister has announced there is no longer any doubt that missing Malaysian flight 370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean. In a short press conference late on Monday night, Rajib Razak said the conclusion was reached following new satellite data.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, March 24, 2014. New analysis of statellite data suggested that the missing
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 "ended" in the southern Indian Ocean, said Malaysian Prime
Minister Najib Razak on Monday.(Xinhua/Wang Shen)

It was the news that the families of the passengers and crew of Flight 370 have dreaded hearing but must increasingly have been expecting.

Investigators are now convinced the plane’s bizarre journey that should have ended routinely in Beijing on the morning of March 8th in fact ended tragically with the plane crashing into the southern Indian Ocean.

"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." Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister said.

In the end it wasn’t debris that led investigators to that conclusion. The prime minister said the breakthrough came after further analysis by the British satellite company that first concluded the plane had flown on for several hours after it lost contact.

"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. 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." Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister said.

Monday afternoon news of more sightings of possible debris from the area more than 2000km off the west coast of Australia and this time from much closer up than the earlier satellite images.

"Earlier today, a Chinese search plane reportedly sighted objects in the Australian search area. These objects are not in the vicinity of those which were identified by the Australian authorities last week. A few minutes ago the Prime Minister received a call from the Prime Minister of Australia, who informed him that an Australian search aircraft had located two objects in the Australian search area, one circular and one rectangular." Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister said.

And more aircraft and ships heading the southern Indian Ocean as quickly as possible.

The search now takes on added urgency with the battery on the plane’s black box likely to have less than two weeks power remaining on its transmitter.

And it’s that black box that is the best chance of unravelling the events that led to flight MH370 ending its journey in the frigid waters of the southern Indian Ocean.


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