The Malaysian Government says that the Malaysia Airline aircraft which went missing with 239 people on board, has crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made this announcement at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
Najib said that the government has reached the conclusion on the basis of information provided by British satellite company Inmarsat.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing went missing on March 8, one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Five Indians and an Indo-Canadian were among the passengers on board the Flight.
On 24 March, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said:
“Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort… 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.”
Malaysia Airlines announced it was assumed “beyond any reasonable doubt” that the flight had been lost and there were no survivors. Inmarsat stated that their analysis had been based on measurements of the Doppler effect of the “ping” transmissions.
If the official presumption of no survivors holds, it would be the deadliest accident in the history of Malaysia Airlines.