After weeks of speculation and searching, Malaysia's prime minister announced that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 "ended" in the Indian Ocean, and that there are no survivors. Furthermore, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed the news.
According to ABC News, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that the plane—which had 289 passengers—"ended" its journey in the southern Indian Ocean during a press conference:
This is 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.
The plane had been missing since departing Kuala Lampur en route to Beijing on March 8. Authorities had searched the Strait of Malacca, South China Sea and ultimately the south Indian Ocean in an effort to locate the plane. Razak explained that this new information came via British satellite maker Inmarsat, which tried to locate the plane using previously unused analysis:
[Inmarsat] has been performing calculations on the data using type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort and they have been able to shed more light on MH370. Based on the new analysis, Inmarsat and the (British) Accidents Investigation Branch have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that it's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
No wreckage from the flight has been recovered, and Malaysia Airlines reportedly notified the families of passengers aboard the flight by text, explaining that the plane was "lost." ABC News adds that authorities will weigh the possibility of everything from hijacking to the mental health of the pilots in an attempt to figure out what happened to the plane.
[via ABC News]