“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that flight MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s prime minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.”
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says “with great sadness” data now confirms that the aircraft’s last position was in the Indian Ocean south of Perth.
Here is a list of the known passengers on board.
British satellite company Inmarsat provided the satellite data. Inmarsat engineers spent all weekend studying previous Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 flights, going back a few weeks. They compared the satellite data from those flights with Flight MH370 and were able to work out that it went south. Inmarsat used data on other planes activities to figure out where the plane went which is why details came out later – they had to be thoroughly checked first.