Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Plane Crashed Into Indian Ocean; No Debris Confirmed
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 more than likely crashed into the southern Indian Ocean after it disappeared more than two weeks ago, according to the latest announcement from the Malaysian government.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Ended In Indian Ocean
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed the fate of the missing Boeing 777 in a statement Monday. "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites," Najib said of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
"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,” he added.
All families of passenger and crew aboard the plane were informed that there were likely no survivors.
New Debris In Indian Ocean
Although officials feel confident enough to state that the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, they’ve yet to collect debris of the missing plane. The latest debris-spotting by an Australian plane uncovered one circular and one rectangular object in the area, reported the Chicago Tribune. The circular object is thought to be gray or green, while the rectangular box appeared orange, the color of many black boxes.
Australian navy supply ship, the HMAS Success, was headed in the direction of the objects to identify them as debris from the missing plane, or rule out any connection.
"It's possible that HMAS Success could pick up the objects within the next few hours or by tomorrow morning at the latest. It is currently the only vessel in the search area," Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said during a news conference. "There are new leads, but nothing conclusive."
The Ongoing Investigation
Over the last week, satellite and radar images have turned up a number of potential debris sightings. Although the general area captured in the images by Australia, China and France has been searched, no objects have been found. Without any collected debris, investigators will struggle to piece together what exactly happened to Flight MH370.
Piloted by Zaharie Ahmad Shah and Fariq Abdul Hamid, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8. While the passengers have all been cleared of suspicion, investigators have yet to rule out the pilots’ involvement in an intentional effort to hijack the plane. There were a total of 239 individuals on board.
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