At a sombre news conference, Najib Razak said, “With deep sadness and regret, I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
The families who have desperately been waiting for word of their loved ones, were told there were no survivors, Razak said.“I urge the media to respect their privacy and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time,” he said.
Malaysian Airlines in its own statement said, “We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived.
“We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
That first definitive information about the whereabouts of the passenger jet that vanished 17 days ago is based on analysis from Inmarsat of satellite data, Razak said.
Razak spoke after being briefed by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which produced new information with Inmarsat “using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort,” he said.