Flight crashed in ocean: PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation’s prime minister said today, citing a new analysis of satellite data.
The statement was the first major step toward resolving a two-week-old mystery that has consumed the world.
Dressed in a black suit, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the news in a brief statement to reporters late Monday night (local time), saying the information was based on an unprecedented analysis of satellite data.
He said the data indicated the Boeing 777, which took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew, flew “to 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.”
In Beijing, relatives shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably and men and women held up their loved ones when they heard the news.
Their grief came pouring out after days of waiting for definitive word on the fate of their relatives aboard the missing plane.
The family members in Beijing had been called to a hotel near the airport to hear the announcement.
Afterward, they filed out of a conference room in heart-wrenching grief.
One woman collapsed and fell on her knees, crying “My son! My son!”
In Kuala Lumpur, Selamat Omar, the father of a 29-year-old aviation engineer who was on the flight, said some members of families of other passengers broke down in tears at the news.
“We accept the news of the tragedy. It is fate,” Selamat told The Associated Press.
Selamat said the airline hasn’t told the families yet whether they will be taken to Australia, which is co-ordinating the search for the plane.
He said they expect more details tomorrow.