The breakthrough in the investigation that has stumped 26 cooperating countries since March 8 was announced after an Australian search team located two objects in the ocean, possibly relating to the missing Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s last position was in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth, according to a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday.
“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,” Razak said during a press conference (above) in Kuala Lumpur.
British satellite provider Inmarsat and the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) came to the conclusion by using a type of analysis “never before used in an investigation of this sort.”
The statement came after an Australian search team located two objects, possibly related to the missing flight, in the southern Indian Ocean. One object is “a grey or green circular object,” and the other is “an orange rectangular object.”
“It is possible that the objects could be received within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning, at the latest,” Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister, told the press earlier.
CNN reports that relatives of the 239 passengers aboard the plane that went missing on March 8 were asked to attend a meeting with Malaysia Airline officials in Beijing, during which they were informed that it is unlikely any of the passengers survived the apparent crash.
Family members were also informed that their loved ones were “lost” through a text message, obtained by NBC News, which was sent out about an hour before the Prime Minister spoke.
“We have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived,” the message read. “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.”
Malaysian authorities will be holding another press conference on Tuesday to disclose “further details.”
“We wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity,” Razak concluded. “We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families — two principles which have guided this investigation.”