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Malaysia Airlines flight 'crashed into southern Indian Ocean'

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Malaysia Airlines flight 'crashed into southern Indian Ocean'

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The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch, citing data from satellite company Inmarsat, had established the last position of the missing flight

The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was found to have ended its flight in the remote waters of the southern Indian Ocean, the Malaysian Prime Minister said on Monday, with all 239 people on board feared to have lost their lives in one of the biggest and most baffling tragedies in modern aviation history.

 

More than 17 days after Flight 370 disappeared from radars an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Monday night that the flight's "last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean", believed to be more than 2,000 km west of Perth in one of the most remote locations on Earth.

 

 Najib said the United Kingdom's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), citing data from satellite company Inmarsat, had established the last position of the missing flight using analysis "never before used in an investigation of this sort".

 

"This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites,"  Najib said.

 

Questions will now turn to why the Beijing-bound aircraft tragically veered so far off course, plotting a course deep into the Indian Ocean until it likely ran out of fuel and plunged into remote waters.

 

Malaysian officials had said earlier they suspected "deliberate action", rather than a mechanical failure, after transponders had been turned off sometime around when the pilot last communicated with air traffic control.

 

On Monday, fresh sightings of debris - so far only seen in satellite images - were reported by aircraft scouring the remote waters. China said its Ilyushin-76 planes had spotted two big floating objects and smaller white objects spread over several kilometers, while Australian aircraft also reported spotting debris possibly linked to the aircraft.

 

Australia said a navy ship would likely reach the location of two objects spotted by its military aircraft, on Tuesday morning, allowing them to confirm whether the debris was linked to Flight 370.

 

 

World


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