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Malaysia's jet crash announcement draws criticism

Malaysia drew criticism at home and abroad on Tuesday for announcing that a missing passenger jet with 239 people aboard had been lost at sea, even before any wreckage was found. The country's flag carrier also received ire for informing some relatives of the plane's loss by text message, although it insisted this had been a "last resort". A sombre Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished more than two weeks ago, had "ended in the southern Indian Ocean".

Malaysia says missing jet crashed at sea

Malaysia said Monday its missing airliner had crashed in the Indian Ocean, extinguishing the hopes of relatives of those on board but shedding no light on why it veered so far off course. A sombre Prime Minister Najib Razak said a new analysis of satellite data on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370's path placed its last position in remote waters off Australia's west coast, "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," Najib said.

China demands Malaysian satellite data on missing airliner

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told Malaysia's ambassador in Beijing on Monday that China was demanding Malaysia hand over all relevant satellite data analysis on the missing Malaysian airliner, the Foreign Ministry said. Xie met the ambassador after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, citing new satellite data, said Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared over two weeks ago en route to Beijing, crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean.

Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in Indian Ocean, killing all aboard

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 24 (EFE).- The Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that disappeared March 8 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean and all 239 people on board are believed to have died, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday. New analysis by British satellite telecommunications firm Inmarsat and AAIB (Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch) has determined that flight MH370 flew south for some eight hours into the remote stretches of the Indian Ocean about 1,500 miles west of Perth, Australia, the prime minister said at a press conference.

Timeline: the hunt for flight MH370

Malaysia announced Monday that a Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing more than two weeks ago crashed in the Indian Ocean, bringing a measure of closure to relatives of the 239 people on board. Here is a timeline of major developments in the hunt for flight MH370: SATURDAY MARCH 8

Timeline: the hunt for flight MH370

Malaysia announced Monday that a Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing more than two weeks ago crashed in the Indian Ocean, bringing a measure of closure to relatives of the 239 people on board. Here is a timeline of major developments in the hunt for flight MH370: SATURDAY MARCH 8

Hysterical scenes in China after Malaysia says plane crashed

BEIJING (Reuters) - Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines flight reacted with hysteria on Monday after the Malaysian prime minister announced the jet ended its journey in the remote Southern Indian Ocean. At the Beijing hotel where many of the relatives are staying, family members erupted in shouts and tears after they heard the news, wailing and in some cases dropping to the floor. One woman screamed out: "It's not possible, it's not possible!" before collapsing.

Missing MH370 came down in Indian Ocean

The missing Malaysia Airlines jet came down in the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, as the airline reportedly told relatives it had been lost and that none on board survived. "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," Najib told a press conference, citing new satellite information. dma/sls

Malaysian PM to brief press at 1400 GMT about missing plane

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday he would hold a press conference at 10:00 pm (1400 GMT), after authorities indicated they were close to retrieving suspected debris from missing flight MH370. "I will be making a statement on #MH370 at 10pm Malaysian tonight," Najib said on his Twitter feed. Najib has not spoken publicly about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight except to make major announcements.

Malaysia PM to give press briefing on missing plane at 1400 GMT - media

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will hold a press conference at 10.00 pm (1400 GMT) on new developments on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, the Star newspaper said on Monday citing a government official. No other details were given. (Reporting by Niluksi Koswanage; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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