Missing plane Flight MH370, which has been dominating news headlines for well over two weeks, has been officially confirmed as lost at sea. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said today that they have confirmed the flight crashed into the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
According to a breaking report from Reuters news agency this morning, Najib said that the family members have already been advised that the plane fell into the ocean, ending any hope that missing Flight 370 may have landed.
"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites," Najib said. "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."
Multiple satellites over the last few days had pinpointed this area as a possible debris field. Australian navy ships, closest to the area, were on route to the locations.
Reuters picks up the story:
The objects, described as a "grey or green circular object" and an "orange rectangular object,” were spotted on Monday afternoon, said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, adding that three planes were also en route to the area.
Now that the location of the downed plane has been pinpointed, the search for the plane is over, and the lengthy process of recovering debris, and possibly bodies, can begin.
The U.S. Navy is now bringing in a crew to locate the plane’s “black box” – the cockpit voice and flight data recorder – which will provide additional clues as to how Flight 370 crashed hundreds of miles off its original flight path.
Reuters reported that “At crash sites, finding the black boxes soon is crucial because the locator beacons they carry fade out after 30 days.”
To that end, Commander Chris Budde, U.S. Seventh Fleet Operations Officer, said: "If debris is found we will be able to respond as quickly as possible since the battery life of the black box's pinger is limited.”