In a press conference earlier today, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that new radar data shows that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. The Beijing-bound flight has been missing and presumed lost since March 8th, but no conclusive evidence of the fate of the plane or the 289 passengers and crew on board had been found until now.

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Razak also mentioned that Malaysia Airlines had been in touch with the families of the 289 people on board, and that he knew the past few weeks had been “heartbreaking” and that this latest development was even more difficult.

New analysis of satellite data about Malaysia Airlines

During the media briefing Razak said the new information on MA Flight 370 came from British satellite maker Inmarsat, which applied a brand new type of analysis to satellite data to pinpoint the plane’s final location. “[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 its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” Razak said.

Continued search for Malaysia Airlines’ wreckage

The search for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines has been ongoing for almost three weeks now. An Australian plane reportedly spotted two gray or green and “circular” as well as orange and “rectangular” objects floating in the sea in the search area west of Australia earlier today. Ships are on their way to the site, but are hampered by difficult weather conditions.

A number of suspicious objects have been located in the Indian Ocean over the last week, including wooden pallets. Government sources have confirmed that the missing flight had been carrying wooden pallets, but there was no confirmation the pallets matched. No wreckage conclusively confirmed as coming from MA Flight 370 has been recovered to date.