In a news conference televised worldwide, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said today that based on new data, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
That data came from an analysis of information from British satellite company Inmarsat and the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch, CNN reported.
Here is a portion of Razak’s statement:
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.
Before Razak delivered the announcement, family members of the missing passengers received the grim news via text alert, according to CNN.
Family members of the flight’s passengers reacted to the latest news by screaming, crying, fainting, and in at least one case, violence, according to ABC News.
Cries of anguish and screams could be heard coming from a room where relatives had congregated. Women screamed and men cursed and the live news conference from Malaysia was cut off. About 50 police officers arrived and at least one scuffle broke out.
Meanwhile, Australia’s prime minister reportedly told a Malaysian official that Australian crews searching the Indian Ocean have located two objects, NBC News reported.
An Australian plane has spotted "circular" and "rectangular" objects in sea while searching for the missing Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean, the country's prime minister told his Malaysia counterpart.
The official said he was told Australian crews would attempt to retrieve the objects today, NBC reported.
Meanwhile, a Chinese plane has also reported spotting multiple objects, according to the Associated Press.
The crew aboard one of two Chinese IL-76 aircraft combing the search zone observed two large objects and several smaller ones spread across several square kilometers (miles), Xinhua News Agency reported. At least one of the items - a white, square-shaped object - was captured on a camera aboard the plane, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777, disappeared March 8.Contact Jack Pickell at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @pacmanjack