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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the
southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of
satellite data by a British satellite company and
accident investigators, and apparently ending hopes
that anyone survived.

A relative of a missing passenger briefed by the
airline in Beijing said, “They have told us all lives
are lost.”

Razak based his announcement on what he
described as unprecedented analysis of satellite data
sent by the plane by British satellite provider
Inmarsat and the British Air Accidents
Investigation Branch. He didn’t describe the nature
of the analysis.

But he said it made it clear that the plane’s last
position was in the middle of the remote southern
Indian Ocean, “far from any possible landing sites.”
He begged reporters to respect the privacy of
relatives.

“For them, the past few weeks have been
heartbreaking,” he said. “I know this news must be
harder still.”

Razak’s statement came after the airline sent a text
message to relatives saying it “deeply regrets that we
have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that
MH 370 has been lost and that none of those
onboard survived.”

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