WASHINGTON (CNN) — Authorities say the flight ended in the waters of the south Indian Ocean; with no survivors. All 239 people, lost.
News came from a definitive statement by the Malaysian prime minister:
“It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight M-H 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
The conclusion came after new analysis of data by a British satellite company and accident investigators, which showed that MH 370 flew along the southern corridor; its last position in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.
“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites,” said Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak
Family members were told the news first by this text message from Malaysia Airlines. They were briefed in person later by airline representatives in Beijing.
There was screaming, cursing and wailing, some so distraught they had to be wheeled out of the meeting on emergency beds. After 17 days of hope, the raw pain of the moment setting in.
Authorities say the investigation will continue.
Still key: finding the plane and the flight and data recorders, to find out what happened.
Earlier today, Australian officials announced they have a lead.
They spotted two objects in the key search area. One object is a "gray or green circular object," the other an "orange rectangular object," but so far nothing has been definitively linked to the plane.
Although some answers were given today, the mystery remains.