Prime Minister: Satellite data indicates plane went down in Indian Ocean
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister says a new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.
The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370. It disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.
The prime minister (Najib Razak) announced the news with what he called "deep sadness and regret" in a brief news conference. He said Malaysia Airlines has informed the families of passengers of the plane's fate.
The Malaysian leader said the information was based on an analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat.
Today, ships are headed to an area of the southern Indian Ocean where floating objects were spotted. They include a vessel that has equipment to detect the plane's black box.
(NBC) - "I must inform you that according to this new data MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean" - Malaysian Prime Minister.
The families of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet have been sent text messages telling them that the plane been "lost."
"We have to assume beyond reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived," the message said. "We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean."
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