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Flight MH370

Bad weather halts search for Malaysia Airlines jet after families are told plane crashed with no survivors

Malaysian premier announces that flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean with no survivors

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 March, 2014, 11:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2014, 3:47pm

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 - missing since March 8 - is now presumed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean killing all 239 people on board, stunned relatives were told last night.

The announcement was made after new information came to light about the plane's last known location.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said investigators at the UK's Air Accident Investigation Branch had concluded the plane flew along the so-called southern corridor.

They said its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean thousands of kilometres west of Perth, Australia.

Razak said in a televised press conference: "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."

The news devastated relatives of the 154 Chinese passengers, who were suddenly called to meetings in Beijing's Lido Hotel and at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur to hear the announcement.

Screams, tears and cries of disbelief immediately filled the Lido Hotel meeting.

"I can't take this," shouted a middle-aged woman as she staggered out of the room, supported by two men. A man screamed: "Why is the Malaysian government doing this to us?"

Paramedics were called and one middle-aged woman was carried out of the room on a stretcher. Other relatives refused to believe the news.

"Malaysia is lying. Make China go down there and look," one relative told the South China Morning Post by text message.

Another said: "If they don't show us the actual plane itself then it doesn't mean anything."

Relatives in Kuala Lumpur were expected to board a plane to Perth today.

Watch: MH370 relatives in China distraught as hope extinguished

Malaysia Airlines also released a statement last night. It said: "We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived. "We must now accept that all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."

Malaysia is lying. Make China go down there and look
Relative's text message to the South China Morning Post

China's foreign ministry demanded the Malaysian authorities provide all the information and evidence they have about the plane.

In a meeting late Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng asked Malaysia’s Ambassador to China, Iskandar Bin Sarudin, to provide the “detailed  evidence” that led to the conclusion, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“We demand the Malaysian side to state the detailed evidence that leads them to this judgement as well as supply all the relevant information and  evidence about the satellite data analysis,” Xie said, according to a statement on the ministry’s website.

“The search and rescue work cannot stop now, we demand the Malaysian side  to continue to finish all the work including search and rescue,” Xie said.

Soon after the solemn news was announced, Malaysia Airlines told relatives of those on board a jet that crashed in the Indian Ocean that they would be brought to the “recovery area”, as the search for wreckage goes on.

“When Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area.”

It did not specify where the relatives would be taken, but the international search effort - focused on a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean - has seen aircraft and ships depart from Perth, on Australia’s west coast.

The extraordinary turn of events came at the end of a day when two separate search teams said they had spotted "objects" floating in the Indian Ocean.

A Chinese team was reported to have seen two large white floating objects, while Australian officials said an aircraft crew had seen two items, one grey or green and circular, and the other orange and rectangular.

Ships rushed to the location to hunt for the suspected debris. Malaysian officials said it was understood some items would be recovered by this morning.

Malaysian authorities have been widely criticised for their handling of the 18-day hunt for MH370, with accusations of incompetence and cover-ups.

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lucifer
They had to make the announcement. The Mainlanders are so suspicious of their own government that they believe all government are like China's, constantly lying to the people and always covering up the truth...and this is making it very difficult to deal with them. I'm sure the Chinese government will throw money at them, which seems to be the solution for everything in China.
babyhenry
Wow seems you certainly have tone down your blind China bashing. No more jet crash? missle test? I honestly think that you wont waste any opportunity to show your utter twisted hate against China and her people.
Well you seem to be tired, maybe its time to pull that head of yours out of your **** hole. You imagination is waning but certainly not your hate.
babyhenry
What most of these China bashers are trying so hard to fact twisting, is that they try so hard to blame the relatives for being unreasonable and how the Malaysian authorities were nothing but helpful. Really? let me fact check a little bit, they got the time when the jet starting missing wrong, they held critical info (most likely not intentional) and made all rescue effort focus on the WRONG location at the most critical time, etc. The fact that they wasted the most critical time for the rescue operation may have led to this outcome that nothing can be found. Why is it "wrong" that the relatives demand the "truth" - the utter mess they caused at the start? Sholdn't those responsible for taking "days" to realize they **** up be penalized or atleast be removed from their position.
BUt then again for those China bashing hating morons here like Lucifer, they will draw stickman after stickman so they can twist the fact as much as possible and blame it on those "ignorant mainlanders". Wonder when they will start bringing up the June 4th and the cultural revolution argument and Chairman Meowwww.
mymak
There is a time and a place for grandstanding 'dharmakarma' and this is not it.
Very sad news for all the family and friends of the passengers. I am sure the majority of us, on the forum, feel sympathy for all concerned. RIP
superdx
Take your medication jeez
goncalo
"Why is the Malaysian government doing this to us?", a relative asked. This...what??
I really cannot understand these people. They probably think the Malaysian government has kidnapped the passengers and is keeping them in a basement in Kuala Lumpur.
282517905@qq.com
Actually that's a big tragedy not only for the relatives of the passengers on board,but also for the airline itself.No one would like that happen,except terrorists.
aplucky1
I do not understand this bizarre announcement
they found nothing new
all they did was, yup everyone is dead, STOP BOTHERING US !
mercedes2233
Poor passengers and poor family members. My heart goes out to them for this prolonged agony.
lucifer
***UPDATE***
Chinese cargo planes conducting the search found a dead whale, significantly contributing to the search effort. I thought I would post that bit of information since the SCMP Online editor is only publishing stories championing China's contribution, until they turn out to have wasted everybody's time, then they are pulled.

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