Malaysia PM tells families of passengers plane is lost

The announcement by PM Najib Razak came on the fifth day of an international search effort in the southern Indian Ocean. Reuters
Malaysia\’s Prime Minister said he was saddened to inform the families of the passengers on MH370 the flight "ended" in the southern Indian Ocean.
He said Malaysia Airlines had told the families of the 239 people on board.
No confirmed sighting of the plane has been made since, but much debris has been found in remote waters off Australia which might be part of the missing plane.
Malaysian Airlines said on Monday it was now "beyond any reasonable doubt" that missing flight MH370 had been lost and there were no survivors.
"Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development," said the prime minister.
"For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still.
"I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time."
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board on March 8.
Source: Agencies
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