As it happened: Malaysia plane lost in ocean - PM

Key points

  • Malaysia says it must be assumed plane crashed in southern Indian Ocean with no survivors
  • A multinational search is continuing in the area to try to recover debris from flight MH370
  • Relatives of those on board were informed of conclusion via text message
  • Malaysian PM's statement based on data from UK satellite firm Inmarsat
  • Ten planes scoured the southern Indian Ocean area on Monday for debris and have now left
  • The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing airliner with 239 people on board disappeared on 8 March (all times GMT)

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Reporting:

  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Sitala Peek 
  • Mohamed Madi 
  • Natalie Miller 
  • Amee Enriquez 
  • Helier Cheung 

Last updated 24 March 2014

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