Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced Monday that the missing Malaysian plane which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board crashed in southern Indian Ocean, according to new data. Before offering the conclusion with regard to the missing plane, Razak sent a text message to family members of the people who reportedly died when the aircraft crashed, saying that the authorities “have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived.”
According to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the new data offered by the HMAS Success, it was concluded that the missing Malaysian plane crashed in southern Indian Ocean. The HMAS Success spotted two “suspicious” objects, one “orange rectangular” and another one “grey or green circular” about 2,500 kilometres west of Perth Monday afternoon, reported Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. However, John Young, general manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency response division stated that Success will probably not be able to find the parts reportedly belonging to the Malaysian plane today, so more information will be offered on Tuesday. Razak mentioned in a public statement that the last position of the aircraft was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but “this is a remote location, far from any possible landing site.” As a result, Razak concluded that, given the latest data, MH370 must have crashed in southern Indian Ocean and there are no survivors.
The crash area is exactly the same location where satellite images showed signs of debris, but poor weather conditions did not allow the search team to thoroughly look for the Malaysian plane in the specific area. Malaysia’s transport minister stated that both objects detected by Australians are orange and that they will be recovered soon. Flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screen less than one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur with the destination Beijing.
The rescue teams are under a tight schedule, since the locator beacons that the black box carries fades out after 30 days. The missing Malaysian plane most certainly crashed in southern Indian Ocean, according to Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, but finding the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder is essential in order to find out what happened with flight MH370. The debris found so far proved to be false alarms, but investigators have reasons to believe that someone on the flight could have shut off the communications systems of the missing Malaysian plane. Military radar showed that the aircraft turned west and crossed the Malay Peninsula again, which determined experts to believe that the plane was sabotaged or hijacked, but technical problems have not been ruled out. A commercial satellite’s faint electronic “pings” suggested that the plane flew for another six hours or so, but more will be known after the debris is rescued. Authorities believe that the remainings of the Malaysian plane will be found tomorrow. Ships in the international search effort could not locate the debris belonging to flight MH370, but recent data determined Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia to state that the missing Malaysian plane crashed in southern Indian Ocean.
By Gabriela Motroc