New satellite data analysis show that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's prime minister told a press conference on Monday.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said that was "with sadness and deep regret" that he announced that the Boeing 777's "last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, [Australia]."
He added: “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sightings. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this data the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
The prime minister said that his announcement was based on data analyzed by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch and satellite firm Inmarsat.
He said they had been "performing further calculations on the data, using a type of analysis, never before used in an investigation of this sort."
“Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development,” the prime minister added. “For them the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. I know this news must be harder still.”
Earlier, the families of passengers aboard the aircraft were sent text messages by the airline telling them that the plane been "lost."
Selamat Omar, the father of a 29-year-old aviation engineer who was on the flight, said some members of families of other passengers broke down in tears at the news. "We accept the news of the tragedy. It is fate," Selamat told The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur.
After more than two weeks of mystery and speculation, the prime minister's announcement was the first confirmation of the fate of the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8.
Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board.