Malaysian prime minister said Monday night that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.
Investigators believe the plane was deliberately sabotaged by the pilot or co-pilot or both and that its communications were deliberately disabled before it flew off course and continued flying for about seven hours. But police have so far found nothing suspicious about pilots Fariq Abdul Hamid or Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
Malaysia Airlines has informed the relatives of those aboard missing flight MH370 that they believe no one on the plane survived.
The following SMS message was sent to relatives: “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.”
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the Inmarsat satellite company had employed never-before used technology and found that MH370 flew along the southern corridor.
“Its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” he said 17 days after MH370 disappeared enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
“This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness that I regret that I must inform you that according to this new data that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Malaysia’s Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein had said earlier on Monday that two orange objects, approximately one metre in length, and one white-coloured drum were sighted by search aircraft, but remain unidentified and have not been conclusively linked to MH370.