(Fox Weekly) — On Monday, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak had briefed the media and the families of the missing passengers about MH370. The PM stated that according to satellite data from UK intelligence, the jetliner had crashed into the southern Indian ocean. Najib also stated that the lives of the missing passengers, were ‘lost’.
Although wreckage has not been found yet, Malaysia PM needed to state some sort of closure for the families of the missing passengers.
“Based on their new analysis … MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Razak said. “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, that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
Within minutes of the brief’s conclusion, families of the victims were booked on charter flights to Australia. An emergency meeting between the families and Malaysia airlines officials took place in Beijing.
“For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. I know this news must be harder still,” Razak said.
“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 airline said in a text message to the families, according to The Telegraph.
“We informed the majority of the families in advance of the Prime Minister’s statement in person and by telephone,” the statement said. “SMSs were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families. Those families have been at the heart of every action the company has taken since the flight disappeared on 8th March and they will continue to be so. When Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area and until that time, we will continue to support the ongoing investigation.”
Another press conference is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, where further details of the satellite data analysis will be revealed.
Reported by Jose Betancourt