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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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Hum-Balang
@babyhenry, and all those interested, why is the USA imprisoned Chelsea Clark for releasing the data to Wikileaks and Julian Assange still in hiding- have a look at some of these : Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square ****www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8555142/Wikileaks-no-bloodshed-inside-Tiananmen-Square-cables-claim.html +Wikileak Link here ****wikileaks.org/origin/171_0.html
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Don't believe an iota of what you read or see about the US of A in the media all owned by the USA.
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.
goncalo
The Malaysian government may have been inefficient in dealing with this tragedy, but who is prepared to deal with this kind of events? In any case the Malaysian government cannot be blamed for the tragedy. However it seems that's what the victims' relatives want: to blame Malaysia for the tragedy, forgetting that Malaysia has been its very first victim. The reatives will be told the truth though may have to wait years for that. In the case of the Air France plane that crashed years ago in the Atlantic it took several years to find the black boxes in the bottom of the sea, and without them no one can know for sure what happened on board a vanished plane. Enough of imaginative and unproven theories. For the time being, I am just happy to see that there is freedom of expression and freedom of demonstration in China. That was something I didn't know about!
whymak
goncalo:
Your vain attempt at reasonable discourse to cover your callousness doesn't hold water. Your knee-jerk what-do-THEY-expect comment about the victims' relatives fools no one with your naked contempt for Chinese lives.
babyhenry
its not inefficient its outright "wrong" information were given at the most crucial hours (72 hours). Not to mention fake passport holders (fact) were allowed to pass through security, whether they have anything to do with it I DON'T KNOW. Many of the unproven theories were not from China, but were from Malaysia aka the political stuff about the Pilot and his belief.
and no the victims and their families regardless of their nationalities are the very first victims of this tragedy. Sure lets say the Malay gov't should not take all the heat, but instead of pointing fingers at the victim like many of the China hating racist basher here, they should point their finger at the people running Malay Air whom is hiding behind the Malay gov't and avoiding the heat.
and FYI my comment is not to shame Malaysian gov't, perhaps you missed the hateful comments being spammed here over and over again by the likes of Lucifier and his SCMP online group of goons and thugs.
Hum-Balang
Conspiracy, accident, human error and a combination of the three, all contributed to the tragedy of MH370, say. Malaysia government kowtows and apologizes, pay each relative of the PRC and USA passengers USD$500k in compensation, will the berefts feel better?
It's already a given they didn't ace the PR and real-time data, what is the anger directed at?
If USD$500k isn't enough, how about USD $800k? USD$1M?
If the lives aren't quantifiable to $, then isn't it more constructive to press for the Malaysian government to account for the full incident, including whether their PM should resign?
And to press for this, rationally?
Hum-Balang
Malaysian government including their PM and all ministers handling this crisis didn't do a good job but then again since they gained independence in the 50s this is the first internal incident involving the state-owned MAS with 239 casualties.
Grief and sorrow deserves answers, but one isn't readily available, should this tragedy transform to anger? Will drawing blood resuurect the deads?
Far from a ready answer the berefts can accept as no answer can return their loved ones, we have had a thousand theories in the past 17-days, all of which heart-wrenching for Malaysian, Chinese, Australians, Americans and all nationals watching the news.
This isn't about truth and real data and compensation amount, but about the humanity and how we survive and grow from a tragedy such as this.
kayeevanessa.lau
the airline shold have the responsible to the victims and their family
by the way it is very strange to happen this kind of accident....
charlie212
malaysian military at fault for not following up and sending fighters to intercept the unknown target in their airspace that nite.
It may not have prevented the outcome but the plane could have been tracked and this whole search thing wouldn't have happened
chanaa
agreed. they were prob asleep at work

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