On Monday, the Prime Minister of Malaysia delivered grim news about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing for more than two weeks.
Speaking at a news conference, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that a new analysis of satellite data conducted by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) indicated that the missing Malaysia Airlines jet had flown into the southern Indian Ocean, a remote region with no possible landing sites. Given that location, the prime minister said it was now “beyond doubt” that the plane had crashed into the water with no survivors, the Belfast Telegraph notes.
It was the worst possible news for the families of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members, who have been waiting for word of their loved ones’ fates since the Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on a routine flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, China, on March 8.
The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight has brought together a wide range of nations in a frantic search for the jet. Investigators have tracked satellite and radar data, trying to determine what course the Malaysia Airlines jet took after contact with the plane was lost.
Despite desperate searches of large swaths of ocean, no wreckage from the jet has yet been positively identified, though over the past 24 hours various potential items have been spotted in the sea off Perth, Australia. Ships and planes from several nations are attempting to recover that debris to determine if it came from the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight.