Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a new analysis of satellite data shows that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into the southern Indian Ocean. (March 24)
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 24 March 2014
1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister:
"Based on the new analysis, Intelsat and the AAIB have concluded that the MH 370 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 of MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean.
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister:
"Malaysian airlines has 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 allow them the space they need at this very difficult time."
3. Razak walks away from podium
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a new analysis of satellite data shows that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into the southern Indian Ocean.
If confirmed, the news would be a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370, which disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard.