Thanks to the combined efforts of aviation and rescue experts around the world, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has officially been found.
Though no wreckage has yet been recovered, new satellite data, in conjunction with what was already known, has revealed the location where the missing plane went down.
Because the flight went down in the middle of the ocean, it seems investigators have officially given up hope of any survivors. Malaysian Airlines issued the following statement:
"We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived… We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."
A heartbreaking statement of defeat. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak backed the story in his own statement Monday morning. He said:
"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."
We may have had weeks to brace ourselves for this news, but it doesn't make it any easier to bear. But the PM did have some words of determination. He said:
"The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain."
We hope something can be found to give some closure to the families of the 239 lost souls. So tragic.
[Image via AP Images.]
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