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Missing Plane Crashed at Sea, None Survived: Malaysia

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The Malaysia Airlines plane missing for more than two weeks crashed in the southern Indian Ocean and none of the 239 people aboard survived, officials said Monday (24 March), dashing the hopes of families who held onto it by a thread during the longest and most mysterious disappearance in modern aviation history.
 
Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, citing information provided by British satellite company Inmarsat, said investigators have concluded that Flight 370 was in “the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Australia, when it crashed. “This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites,” Razak told reporters, adding that he was making the announcement “with deep sadness and regret.” Razak said he would hold a news conference Tuesday to share more details.
 
He said based on information provided by British satellite company Inmarsat we have concluded that the plane flew along the southern corridor in which its last position was in the middle of southern Indian Ocean.
 
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 239 people, including five Indians and an Indo-Canadian, went missing on March 8, one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
 
His remarks followed a text message sent from Malaysia Airlines to family members of the people aboard, many of whom have been gathered for weeks in a hotel in Beijing. “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.

(Agencies)