It has been a harrowing couple of weeks for family of the passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. The flight went off the radar a few weeks ago with 239 people on board after taking off from Kuala Lampur and heading for Beijing. It is difficult to determine what might have gone wrong onboard that flight as the black box has not yet been found to determine what the cause of disappearance was, but the fact remains that whatever happened must have been terrifying for all on board.
There has been much speculation about what happened to the flight up until this point including the suspicion that the plane had been hijacked. As early as yesterday there was speculation that the plane had been taken to Afghanistan and the passengers killed by terrorists however, in a press conference given today it was announced that the evidence suggests that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean.
Officials and rescue teams have been deployed to the best-known location of the crash to look for debris and any evidence of life, although the odds look quite grim. After two weeks the likelihood that there are any survivors is worse than slim it is nearly impossible.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made the announcement earlier today confirming the grim news. “Inmarsat has been performing calculations on the data using type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort and they have been able to shed more light on MH370. Based on the new analysis, Inmarsat and the (British) Accidents Investigation Branch have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that it’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” Razak said during the press conference.
The airlines has been getting in contact with the families of all 289 victims on board and that they have been sending text messages to the families. Many of who screamed and crying at the horrible news that their loved ones had died in a terrifying plane crash. It is a tragic end to an incredibly difficult few weeks.
The text message the families received said, “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minster, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
Despite the announcement and the confirmation from the airline no wreckage has been recovered as of yet.