Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Malaysian PM Declares Missing Airliner Lost, Surviving Families Respond In Anguish [PHOTOS]

 @lukeydukeyl.villapaz@ibtimes.com on March 24 2014 3:16 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Monday at 10 p.m. local time that new data provided to his government by the United Kingdom’s Accidents Investigation Branch indicated that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ended somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

“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 new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” said Razak during the press conference.

Since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an international search and rescue team had been searching for 16 days with little to show for it. However, since the search for Flight MH370 shifted its attention from the northern Indian Ocean to a patch of the southern Indian Ocean, west of Australia, debris possibly related to the missing plane flight has been discovered by satellites passing over the search area and Australian aircraft flying over designated search corridors.

Moments before Razak’s press conference, Malaysia Airlines also sent out a text message to families of the missing 227 passengers and 12 crew members of Flight MH370.

The premier’s announcement gave no indication of what will happen to current search and rescue operations as a result of this new development. But Razak said that more details will be revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, for the families of the missing passengers and crew of Flight MH370, this was not the news they were hoping for. This latest development in the ongoing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight resulted in sadness and anger from the surviving families, with some even collapsing in anguish from Razak’s announcement.

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A family member of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 looks at messages on a whiteboard marking the number of days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing, at Lido Hotel, in Beijing March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak makes an announcement on the latest development on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) makes an announcement on the latest development on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak is seen on television, making an announcement on the latest development on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane at Putra World Trade Center, at a coffee shop in Shah Alam in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2014. Reuters/Samsul Said

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Selamat Omar, father of flight engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat who was on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, is seen with his phone at a hotel where relatives of the passengers are staying, in Putrajaya March 24, 2014. Reuters/Samsul Said

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A three-year-old boy, family member of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, is seen during a routine briefing given by Malaysian representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason lee

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Family members of passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 attend a routine briefing given by Malaysian representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

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A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, at the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

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Relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, in the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

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A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 falls down an escalator as he cries after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, in the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

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Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 look out from a room as they cry after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, in the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, in the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cries after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, at the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

MH370 medical personnel

A medical personnel carries first aid kits as he walks towards a room where family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 stay, at the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

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A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 is rushed to an ambulance after she collapsed, in the Lido hotel in Beijing, March 24, 2014. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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