Missing Malaysia Airlines plane's journey ended over Indian Ocean
The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Monday, citing new satellite data.
The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday (March 24), citing new satellite data.
All 239 people on board are presumed dead, airline officials said.
Najib said in a statement that analysis of satellite information from British company Inmarsat had shown that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370’s last position was in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites,” Najib 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."
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew.
The Boeing 777 took off at roughly 40 minutes after midnight on March 8 and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.
Malaysian civilian radar lost contact with the plane at 01:22 a.m., with reports indicating the plane’s transponder may have been shut off.
Malaysia’s military tracked the plane until 2:40 a.m. as it turned around and headed over the Strait of Malacca.
The jet’s last signal was picked up by a satellite at 8:11 a.m. Satellite data suggested that the missing aircraft came down in one of two vast areas stretching from Central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean.
Australia on Thursday (March 20) said that satellite imagery spotted two objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
According to a Reuters report, “Najib’s comments came as an Australian navy ship was close to finding possible debris from the jetliner after a mounting number of sightings of floating objects that are believed to parts of the plane. The search site is about 2,500 km [1,550 miles] southwest of Perth, in icy sub-Arctic seas that are in one of the most remote parts of the globe.”
The report continues:
The objects, described as a “grey or green circular object” and an “orange rectangular object”, were spotted on Monday afternoon, said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, adding that three planes were also en route to the area.
Earlier on Monday, Xinhua news agency said a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft spotted two “relatively big” floating objects and several smaller white ones dispersed over several kilometers.
In a further sign the search was bearing fruit, the U.S. Navy was flying in its high-tech black box detector to the area.
The so-called black boxes — the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder — record what happens on board planes in flight. At crash sites, finding the black boxes soon is crucial because the locator beacons they carry fade out after 30 days.
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