UPDATE - Prime Minister: Satellite Data Indicates Plane Went Down In Indian Ocean

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Malaysia

Source: AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Friday in the southern Indian Ocean with long-range reconnaissance aircraft looking for possible debris from the jetliner in one of the most remote locations on Earth. Aircraft from Australia, New Zealand and the United States have staggered departures to an area roughly 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, where two objects were captured on satellite and described as possible pieces of the commercial jetliner, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister says a new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.

The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370. It disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.

The prime minister (Najib Razak) announced the news with what he called "deep sadness and regret" in a brief news conference. He said Malaysia Airlines has informed the families of passengers of the plane's fate.

The Malaysian leader said the information was based on an analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat.

Today, ships are headed to an area of the southern Indian Ocean where floating objects were spotted. They include a vessel that has equipment to detect the plane's black box.


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