Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 crashed into Indian Ocean and that none of the on board 239 passengers have survived the accident.
Reports earlier in the day had mentioned that Japanese, Australian and US flights have been scouring the southern Indian Ocean after satellite images showed possible debris of the aircraft. It is yet to be confirmed if the Australian vessels have reached the location but the Malaysian PM’s announcement can put an end to all hopes of finding the flight intact with the passengers alive.
“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites,” Razak said.
“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.”
He went on to add that the families of the on board passengers have been conveyed the message and expressed sympathy for them.
“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,” Malaysia Airlines conveyed this in a text message to relatives of passengers and crew, according to the BBC.
PM Razak also went on to add in his statement: “We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.
Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.”