Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean confirmed Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday just as a second Malaysia Airlines Flight, MH066 with 271 passengers on board, had to make an emergency landing after its main electrical generator stopped working. As reported by BBC in regard to Flight MH370 on March 24, “the BBC has seen a text message sent to families by the airline saying it had to be assumed ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that the plane was lost and there were no survivors.”
After more than two weeks of an international search for the missing plane, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Razak said at a late-night news conference in Kuala Lumpur that the final conclusion that MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean was based on the fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight. The analysis by the British satellite firm Inmarsat and the and the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that “MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” said Razak.
The text message sent to the families in China by Malaysia Airlines read the following:
"Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets 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."
As the families of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight370 broke down in tears when watching the confirmed crash announcement at a Beijing hotel or were reading about it via the text message, news about the emergency landing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH066 came through. MH066 was scheduled to fly to South Korea but had to land in Hong Kong at 3 a.m. Monday morning after its main electrical generator stopped working, reported CNN. While all 271 passengers on board of Flight MH066 were safe after the emergency landing, less can be said about the future of Malaysia Airlines and hopefully Malaysia’s government. If Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah could have a final word on this – an international investigation into both is long overdue.