After days upon days of searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, the prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, officially confirmed that the flight crashed while over the Indian Ocean. After a collaborative effort of countries, the flight path of the plane was finally discovered thanks to satellite images that tracked the flight itself.
When the plane went down, there were nearly 240 people on board. People who had loved ones on board flight MH370 were told the news. Most of the people were devastated, but they did say that they were happy to have closure on the subject. The prime minister noted that they are beyond reasonable doubt that there are no survivors.
Although this news is sad, it is also relieving for many who feared that the plane may have been hijacked and that their loved ones were in the hands of terrorists. Out of the nearly 240 people on board, at least 227 of them were passengers. Most of these people were Chinese.
The flight first went missing on March 8 after it took off from Kuala Lumpur. Since there was no way of knowing for sure where the plane went down, international search parties combed over a large area looking for any sign of debris. Finally, this past weekend, both Chinese and Australian air force personnel reported that they spotted debris from the plane crash.
Unfortunately, these pieces of debris have been seen in opposite ends of the search area. This means that the treacherous waters have spread the pieces of the wreckage far and wide. This area of the Indian Ocean is known for being some of the most treacherous in the world. This is one reason why search parties believe that no one survived. Even if people did survive the crash, they would have been out there on the ocean for weeks now.
When making his speech, Prime Minister Najib Razak said that the search parties concluded that the missing plane, flight MH370, was lost over the southern part of the Indian Ocean. This was its last position before it was never seen again. This is a very remote location and is very far from any kind of possible landing area. As a result, it is with a heavy heart that he says, according to all of this new data, the flight of MH370 ended there in the Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines sent a text message to the families who had loved ones on board. The text message read, “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… we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”