Kuala Lumpur 25th March 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared more than two weeks ago, had crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean with the loss of all 239 people on board, Malaysian PM Najib Razak said yesterday, citing the satellite-data analysis by British firm Inmarsat.
“Based on new analysis we have concluded [the jet] flew along southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of Indian Ocean west of Perth. This is a remote location far from any possible landing site. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform that in accordance with this new data Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” according to the PM.
“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,” the carrier said.
While Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said high winds and rain meant planes could not fly safely and waves of 6 metres (20ft) or more forced the navy ship from the area.
“AMSA has consulted with the Bureau of Meteorology and weather conditions are expected to improve in the search area in the evening and over the next few days. Search operations are expected to resume tomorrow, if weather conditions permit,” AMSA said in a statement.
A search for the missing jet has focussed on seas some 2,500km (1,500 miles) to the southwest of the Australian city of Perth.
The flight had left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Beijing, China, at 12:40 a.m. (local time) on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens at about 01:20.