Last night Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that, based on a new analysis of satellite data, we can “assume beyond any reasonable doubt” that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed in the Indian Ocean, killing all onboard.
This still falls short of, well, finding the plane, but the Malaysian PM and associates believe they have conclusive evidence. The crash site is predicted to be “in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” which, for those in need of a geography lesson, is still a pretty big search area:
An intensive search from Perth was planned for today, but has been postponed due to inclement weather.
The biggest revelation to come from this satellite evidence has been an official statement that “none of those on board survived” the crash. While many had assumed this for some time now, it is still devastating news for the families and friends of the passengers, who have been stalked and photographed by many a journalist eager for some good grief pics.
Families were informed during a hotel meeting in Beijing, and and also by this text message, screen-shotted by an NBC reporter: Malaysia Airlines wants to be damn clear that they “informed the majority of the families in advance of the Prime Minister’s statement in person and by telephone. SMSs were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families.” It’s probably a good idea to try and kill any rumors of “death notice by text” before they begin.
While the plane itself is still AWOL, the satellite evidence and reported “suspicious objects” spotted in the southern Indian Ocean by a Chinese aircrew yesterday hint that the search may be over soon.
The Prime Minister’s speech (he, by the way, speaks excellent English) can be watched here, courtesy of the BBC:
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