The saga of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has come to an end, as the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, has announced that the flight went down to the west of Perth.
Although no wreckage has been found, Prime Minister Razak said that all evidence suggests flight MH370 came down in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean, off to the west of Perth. There are no expected survivors.
Malaysian Airlines has contacted the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this new information.
UK company Inmarsat provided satellite data earlier in the investigation, which led to search teams moving to the northern and southern corridors. The data has since been analysed and shows that the flight went south, and that the plane’s last known position was over the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Inmarsat owns satellites which help to facilitate text messages, both manual and automatic, being sent to and from aeroplanes. Inmarsat was able to extrapolate a rough location using the time it took two different satellites to pick up the ‘ping’ of a text message sent to or from the plane.
Malaysian Airlines released a statement shortly before the press conference:
Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean … On behalf of all of us at Malaysian Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.
The statement also contained assurances that Malaysian Airlines would continue to conduct a full investigation into the incident, and that the search for physical evidence of the plane and its passengers would continue. The aircraft disappeared on 8 March, 17 days ago.
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Watch Prime Minister Razak’s press conference about the new information.
Our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew who were aboard flight MH370. The Malaysian Prime Minister has finally announced publically that we should give up hope of survivors but, with no physical evidence of a crash, this must be difficult information to hear and accept.
I’m sure it baffles many that, 17 days after the crash, we still don’t know what went wrong or who is responsible. We don’t know if the plane was hijacked and, if so, why? The missing Malaysian Airlines flight simply does not add up.
I hope that Malaysian Airlines makes good on its promise to keep searching for the answers to these questions. I, for one, am no longer entirely comfortable with the idea of flying in this area. A few answers could help to allay the fears of many which could impinge on Malaysian tourism in the future. I think that this story has affected many people, both those known to the victims and those who sympathise, and it’s time we all had some closure.
What do you think? Will we ever get answers to this strange story? And has this affected whether or not you would fly in this region, or even at all?