(Transcript from World News Radio)
Australia, which has been coordinating the search for the passenger jet in the ocean west of Perth, says Malaysia will take control of the accident investigation.
Phillippa Carisbrooke reports.
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There’s been confirmation Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 crashed with complete loss of life.
Relatives of the 239 people missing received a text message from Malaysia Airlines informing them all evidence now pointed to the plane being lost with no survivors.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, announced new satellite data showed the plane had gone down in 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 new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
At the Beijing hotel, where relatives of the 154 Chinese passengers have been staying, paramedics tended to devastated family members.
While some of the bereaved lashed out at the gathered media.
Relatives also expressed suspicion about the findings.
“I want to tell the journalists the information they just sent, it is not true! The governments of all countries are just too dark!”
It was new analysis by a British satellite company that finally led the Malaysian Prime Minister to conclude the flight had ended in the Indian Ocean.
Scientists at Inmarsat analysed seven signals, automatically transmitted every hour from the aircraft, and picked up by satellite.
Based on the strength of the signals the scientists were able to plot the aircraft’s rough route.
But Senior Vice President at Inmarsat, Christopher McLaughlin, cautions that the data offers only a clue as to where the plane is likely to be located.
“We cannot tell you to the last degree where that plane is. We can tell you the likely area to search, and certainly it would appear that that search is now concluding in that area.”
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has suspended the air and sea search for debris in the Indian Ocean due to poor weather.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says HMAS Success was forced to leave the search area without locating objects of interest spotted from the air on Monday.
“We are concerned about the weather also over the next couple of days. So it may be some time before we are able to get some aircaft back into the search.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has offered his condolences to those who lost relatives in the crash.
Arrangements are being made for them to visit the recovery area, with Mr Abbott saying they’ll be welcomed.
“I understand that the loved ones of those on the plane may well wish to come to Australia in coming days and weeks. They will find a welcoming country that is more than willing to embrace them in this very difficult time.”