THE MISSING Malaysian Airlines flight definitely plunged into the ocean and there are no survivors, the prime minister has said.

The Malaysian prime minister made the announcement this afternoon [BBC]

Malaysian leader Najib Razak addressed a sombre press conference in which he said new data revealed the plane had gone massively off-route and entered the South Indian Ocean.

He said he has spoken to the families of the 239 passengers on board and informed them of the “heartbreaking” tragedy.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon Mr Razak said: “This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

“They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data.

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

“Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

He said the families of the passengers and crew had been informed [REUTERS ]

The prime minister said never before used analysis had been used [REUTERS ]

“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 will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

“Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still.

“I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

Debris has been spotted off the coast of Perth, which would tie in with the flight’s last known movements.

It is now 17 days since the flight disappeared en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

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