Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a statement late on Monday, March 24, 21.57 local time in Kuala Lumpur, on the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Search for the wreckage of the missing jetliner is to continue.
The full text of his statement:
"This evening, I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, or AAIB. They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided satellite data, which indicated northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort. They have been able to shed more light on MH370's flight path.
"Based on their new analysis Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along southern corridor, and that it's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth. This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
"We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.
"Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heart-breaking. I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy and allow them the space they need at this very difficult time."