Malaysia Airlines Says Plane Lost, None on Board Survived (Video)
After two weeks of hope, the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has ended in disappointment for the families of those onboard the missing aircraft.
The airline and Malaysia prime minister, Najib Razak, announced Monday morning that the flight has been lost.
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In a text message sent to relatives and reported by numerous media outlets, the airline wrote, "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived." It continued: "As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."
In an ensuing press conference, Razak said new data shows the the flight ended in the south Indian Ocean.
"It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the south Indian Ocean," he said.
The prime minister also noted that the heightened search over the past few days provided more clues about the flight's route, saying that the plane flew along the southern corridor, and its last location was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites," Razak said, adding that another press conference would be held tomorrow with more details.