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 newest development at 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 has already spoken to the family 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 hard as well.
I urge the media to respect their privacy and allow them the space they need at this very difficult time.”
Source: The Wahington Post, Transcript: Malaysian prime minister’s March 24 statement on MH370
MAS' statement to victims' families
Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.