MH370: satellite data confirms aircraft lost in Indian Ocean

A re-examination of Inmarsat satellite data has finally offered certainty that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was lost over the southern Indian Ocean, off the western coast of Australia.

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak told a hastily convened briefing in Kuala Lumpur that experts from both the UK satellite business together with the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been able to clarify the location of the aircraft’s last known transmission.

“Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they’ve been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path,” said Razak.

The SAR operation for Flight 370 has been intensified at the southern Indian Ocean after Australia last Thursday, said satellite imagery identifed suspicious debris which might be linked to the missing aircraft in waters, some 2,400km from Perth.

Flight 370 enroute to Beijing, vanished from the radar about 1.30am on March 8, in the airspace between Malaysia and Vietnam, 49 minutes after taking off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft was carrying 239 passengers and crew.

The analysis indicates that the Boeing 777 aircraft flew along southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. Further details will be given at a press conference scheduled for 25 March.

In a statement Malaysia Airlines added: “The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.”

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