A closer examination of satellite data confirms that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, ending a baffling weeks-long mystery and focusing the search for the Boeing 777's black boxes in the area off the southwest coast of Australia.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a press conference this morning that the UK Air Accidents Investigations Branch has informed Malaysian crash investigators that an analysis of Inmarsat satellite data shows the jetliner flew along a southern arc and that its last position was in the middle of the ocean where there would have been nowhere for the 777 to land.
“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 prime minister said.
Ships and airplanes are still searching for two large pieces of debris thought to possibly be from the missing 777 about 1,500 miles off the coast of Australia. The search has been hampered by poor weather and, now, darkness.
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