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All lives lost on MH370 says MAS as flotilla closes on sea debris

March 25, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59As mystery floating objects in the sea which may be pieces of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 come closer than ever to being recovered, the airline has admitted that the B777 jetliner, with 329 people aboard, crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean with all lives lost.

Malaysia Airlines last night sent the following text message to the families of passengers:

“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.”

Not long afterwards, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a statement to the same effect, having received detailed analysis from British satellite data company Inmarsat and a briefing by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch. (See at end of this story for Razak’s full statement.)

Malaysia Airlines told relatives of those aboard the doomed jet that they would be brought to the “recovery area”, as the search for wreckage goes on. A press conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur later this morning.

In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday Australian authorities had located new floating object during the search for missing the missing plane.

Abbott told Parliament yesterday the objects were located 2500 kilometres southwest of Perth by a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion about 2:45pm (AEDT).

He said first object was grey or green and circular and the second was orange and rectangular.

Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Success had arrived in the area last night and was sailing to retrieve the objects.

The objects they being sought are different to the large floating white object sighted earlier by a Chinese search plane, which a deep-sea salvage expert said was probably the same as the floating chunk seen a few days ago by a US commercial satellite. Abbott announced that find to Parliament a few days ago. That debris evaded a US Navy P-8 Poseidon submarine-hunting aircraft directed to the search zone by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

“I can advise the House that a US Navy Poseidon, a second Royal Australian Air Force Orion and a Japanese Orion are also en route to or are in the search area,” Abbott told Parliament yesterday.

“Planes and ships continue to search the area for any sign of the missing aircraft. I caution again Mr Acting Deputy Speaker that we don’t know whether any of these objects are from MH370.

“They could be flotsam. Nevertheless, we are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon and that they will take us a step closer to resolving this tragic mystery.

“This is an extraordinary mystery, an absolutely baffling mystery,” ABC News reported him as saying.

“Let me reiterate to this House, we owe it to the families of those on board, we owe it to the loved ones of those on board, we owe it to all the people concerned about the fate of this aircraft, to do whatever we reasonably can to find anything that is out there.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made the following statement early this morning:

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). 

They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data.

Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 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 MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details.

In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity.

We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have 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 to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

Written by Peter Needham

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