During a press briefing Monday around 9:00 a.m. (CST), Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reported officials believe missing Malaysian flight MH370 "ended" far from all possible landing sites.
Prime Minister Razak said new satellite data indicated the jetliner plunged into the southern Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.
An email sent to families of those on board by Malaysia Airlines stated, "We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived."
The flight disappeared shortly after takeoff on March 8, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew onboard.
Ships were headed to an area of the Indian Ocean where large floating objects were seen. One of the vessels on its way to the area has equipment to detect the flight's black box.
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