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Missing Malaysia plane ‘plunged into Indian Ocean’

© Photo: AFP

Video by Catherine CLIFFORD , Mark THOMPSON

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-24

New analysis of satellite data shows missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plunged into the southern Indian, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

Dressed in a black suit, Najib announced the news “with deep sadness and regret” in a brief news conference late Monday night.

He said the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch had informed him that a “never before used” analysis technique of data provided by satellite company Inmarsat showed “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 Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board on March 8th.

No confirmed sighting of the plane has been made since, but much debris has been found in remote waters off Australia, which might be part of the missing plane.

Malaysia Airlines has already informed the families of Flight MH370’s passengers of the plane's fate, Najib said.

According to the BBC, the airline sent a text message to the families reading: “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.”

“For [the families], the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still," said Najib Monday night.

"I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time."

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-03-24

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