Malaysian Airlines: Flight Ended In Indian OceanBy: Tina Volpe - March 24, 2014
It appears that the mystery of the Malaysian Airline Flight 370 has been solved. As ABC reported, it “ended” its journey in a “remote location” of the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said today.
U.K. officials used “a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort” to chart the jet’s path along the southern corridor, terminating in a “remote location” in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia, Razak said.
“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,” Razak said. “Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development.”
After weeks of searching, starting in the South China Sea, to the Strait of Malacca and ending in the Indian Ocean, search teams have been frantically searching for answers to what happened to the aircraft.
The new information came from British satellite maker Inmarsat, which used a new type of analysis in pinpointing the plane’s last known location, Razak said.
“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,” Razak said.
From Inmarsat’s website: Routine, automated signals were registered on the Inmarsat network from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during its flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Airlines has contacted the families of the 239 people on board, saying that he was aware that the past few weeks had been “heartbreaking” and that this new development is probably even more difficult.
The airlines sent a text message to the families, one of whom shared the message with ABC News:
“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. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean,” the message read.
Earlier today, an Australian plane spotted two objects they described as gray or green and “circular” as well as orange and “rectangular” in the search area that has been combed for days, off Australia’s southern coast.
Other search crews spotted similar objects over the weekend that included wooden pallets. The Malaysian government confirmed that the missing flight was carrying pallets, but there was no information on whether these were the same ones on the missing Boeing 777.
As of today, no wreckage has been recovered.
A team of investigators is still trying to figure out what happened to the plane after it took off around midnight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, headed for Beijing, China. It disappeared off the radar nearly an hour into its flight, but continued to fly, according to satellite data, for up to seven hours.
Some of the possibilities being considered are hijacking, sabotage, and terrorism or pilot issues; however, none of these theories can be determined until the “black box” is retrieved.
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