Monday, March 24, 2014

MH370 flew off Australia last seen in Southern Indian Ocean Najib Razak says

There are new missing MH370 news but this time they are unfortunately dark ones. Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak has just ended a press conference which was announced a few hours ago. He has told that missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 has last communicated with the sattelite in Southern Indian Ocean off Australian city of Perth. This is the position where suspected debris is located by satellites.

Here is Najib Razak's statement on MH370:
This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path. 
Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. 
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. 
We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation. 
Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

Najib Razak has left without taking any question. For more details, a news conference will be held tomorrow. Najib Razak's announcement means that now authorities believe that MH370 has crashed in Indian Ocean without any survivors.

Malaysia Airlines has also posted this statement below at 10:15 pm:

"Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.

On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.

We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.

We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.

Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy."

Although Najib Razak says MAS has spoken to relatives, some online news articles say that prior to the press conference being held, Malaysia Airlines sent a SMS to relatives of those aboard the plane saying that it is to be "assumed beyond any reasonable doubt" that MH370 has been lost. Sending something like this with SMS is quite insensitive!

Here is the Chinese translation of Malaysia Airlines statement:




注: 以下信息谨与MH370航班的乘客及机组人员的家属共享。







It is expected that these relatives will be booked on charter flights and taken to Australia.

This news development also means that we may never know what has happened to MH370. Why a Boeing 777 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has diverted its path on South China Sea and flew all the way to South Indian Ocean has become the biggest mystery of aviation history. Even if the black boxes are found and retrieved from thousands of meters deep Indian Ocean, the flight voice recorder only records the last 2 hours of cockpit voice so we probably will not have the most cruicial part, diversion of the plane from its course on the recorder.

Malaysia Prime Minister announcements at missing MH370 news conference
Najib Razak's announcement at missing MH370 news conference confırms that the missing Malaysia Airlines
Boeing 777 flew to southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

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