SYDNEY — The Prime Minister of Malaysia has said that the missing Malaysian plane that seemingly just disappeared from the skies on March 8 went down in the Indian Ocean and that all people aboard the plane and dead.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport when it disappeared from radar.
The missing Malaysian plane carried 239 people most of who were identified as Chinese citizens.
There has been conflicting information about what exactly happened to the flight after it disappeared from civilian radar.
Investigators believe that the plane’s communications systems was shut down. It is also believed that the plane turned west which was off-course and, based on electronic pings, appears to have flown for a number of hours after the communication system was turned off.
The apparent actions of turning off the communications systems would have likely been undertaken by the pilot, co-pilot or someone else skilled in aviation. This has led to speculation that the plane was hijacked or otherwise sabotaged although authorities have not yet ruled out a mechanical malfunction.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday that the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean in a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. He claims that new satellite analysis from Britain indicated that the plane was last seen in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
No debris has been found yet but Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said items that are believed to be debris from the plane crash have been sighted.
Before the official announcement that there are no survivors from the missing Malaysian plane, authorities in Kuala Lumpy notified the victims families by text message.
They have been widely criticized for their handling of family members who wanted to know what happened to the missing Malaysian plane.