25 March 2014
China has demanded proof and distraught relatives have reacted with shock and anger after Malaysia announced it now believed missing flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.
Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak announced overnight that new satellite data from UK company Inmarsat showed MH370’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
“It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that in light of this new data, MH370 flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” he said.
Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing plane reacted with hysteria at the news, with one woman screaming “it’s not possible, it’s not possible!” before collapsing.
A statement read out by families of some Chinese passengers labelled Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government as “the real executioners who killed”.
AMSA has suspended the search until further notice because of poor weather conditions, including 80kph gale-force winds and four-metre swell.