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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  1.  
    06:55:

    Welcome to our live page on the continuing international search in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

     
  2.  
    06:56:

    On Monday, planes from China and Japan joined the search alongside six other aircraft.

     
  3.  
    06:56:

    A Chinese plane hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has spotted "suspicious" objects, China's state-run Xinhua news agency says.

     
  4.  
    06:57:

    A Xinhua correspondent said "searchers saw two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres".

     
  5.  
    07:07:
    A Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft crew member wipes the windshield of the aircraft before it takes off from RAAF Base Pearce to search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, in Bullsbrook near Perth, 24 March 2014

    This P-3C Orion aircraft from Japan is one of several planes taking part in the search, departing from a base in the Australian city of Perth. Our main story can be read here.

     
  6.  
    07:08:

    China's state broadcaster CCTV has shown live pictures of the Chinese planes returning to Perth. A presenter said the broadcaster's journalists were on one of the planes, raising the possibility of some pictures emerging of what the Chinese had seen.

     
  7.  
    07:21:

    The ocean search area of about 68,500 sq km (26,000 sq miles) is around 2,500km (1,550 miles) south-west of Australian city Perth.

     
  8.  
    07:28:

    These are not the first objects spotted in the search area - both the Australians and the Chinese have taken satellite images of possible debris. Search efforts have focused on finding the debris to see if it if linked to the missing plane.

     
  9.  
    07:35:

    In a statement, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it "was advised about the reported objects sighted by a Chinese aircraft". It added: "The reported objects are within today's search area and attempts will be made to relocate them."

     
  10.  
    07:40:

    The US Pacific Command said on Monday that it was moving a black box locator to the region "as a precautionary measure in case a debris field is located". The equipment has a "highly sensitive listening capability" and is able to detect pings from the black box while being towed behind a ship.

     
  11.  
    07:48:
    A senior colonel from the People's Liberation Army Air Force speaks to the media at RAAF Base Pearce, after arriving to participate in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, in Perth, in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on 24 March 2014

    China's two military planes joined eight others from countries including Australia and the US. In this picture, a senior colonel from China's People's Liberation Army Air Force speaks to media in Perth after arriving to participate in the search.

     
  12.  
    07:50:
    Chinese Antarctic research icebreaker Xue Long prepares to depart Fremantle Habour on 21 March 2014, as at least seven Chinese ships are reported to head for the southern Indian Ocean, where possible debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane has been sighted

    China's ice-breaker Xue Long is also heading to the search area, state media says.

     
  13.  
    07:56:

    Attention has focused on the pilots of flight MH370 - Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid - amid ongoing mystery about what happened to the plane. Read more on their story here.

     
  14.  
    07:59:

    Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during a regular press briefing that China could not confirm the objects spotted by the Chinese aircraft were connected with the missing Malaysia airlines flight.

     
  15.  
    08:04:

    Hong Lei also said Chinese ships were expected to start arriving in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Tuesday.

     
  16.  
    08:09:

    The BBC's Phil Mercer says there is a tropical storm brewing off the coast of Perth which could make conditions for search teams that much more difficult.

     
  17.  
    08:12:

    If searchers do find anything in the southern Indian Ocean, how would they proceed? The BBC interviewed experts like David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries Ltd, who outlines the challenges.

     
  18.  
    Australian Maritime Safety Authority

    tweets: US Navy P8 Poseidon tasked to investigate reported object sightings by Chinese aircraft at 33,000ft. 1/2

     
  19.  
    Australian Maritime Safety Authority

    tweets: Objects spotted by Chinese aircraft as heading back to Perth. Drift modelling undertaken on sighting. P8 unable to relocate objects. 2/2

     
  20.  
    08:30:
    Airport ground staff inspect one of two Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircrafts used in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, upon its return from the southern Indian Ocean, on the tarmac at Perth International Airport, 24 March 2014

    This is one of the two Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 planes that flew out to the search area today. The first IL-76 has returned to Perth, while the second aircraft is also on its way back, Xinhua news agency says.

     
  21.  
    08:43:
    A three-year-old boy, family member of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, is seen during a routine briefing given by Malaysian representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing, 24 March  2014

    A total of 153 people on board the missing plane were Chinese nationals. The wait for many of the relatives has been agonising.

     
  22.  
    08:51:

    Earlier on Monday, another Malaysia Airlines flight, MH066 from Kuala Lumpur to South Korea's Incheon, was forced to make an emergency landing in Hong Kong after an electrical generator malfunctioned. The plane's auxiliary power unit continued to supply electricity, and the plane "landed uneventfully", the airline says.

     
  23.  
    08:59:

    The IL-76 plane that saw the "white, square floating objects" was able to take photographs, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei says. China is "rushing to analyse" the photographs, he added.

     
  24.  
    09:15:

    In waters like those in the southern Indian Ocean, it's very difficult to locate and relocate objects, and it may be some time before there's confirmation about what, if anything, the Chinese crew saw, the BBC's Lucy Williamson reports.

     
  25.  
    09:31:

    Family members of passengers on the missing plane have been complaining about the lack of information given to them. "It's already been so many days. And no clues. They're always searching, always searching. Can such a big plane not be found? Right?" Reuters news agency quoted one Chinese family member as saying.

     
  26.  
    09:31:

    The regular press conference from Malaysia is currently underway.

     
  27.  
    09:44:

    Latest Amsa statement: "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can advise objects have been located by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion."

     
  28.  
    09:45:

    Amsa adds: "HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate the objects in the search for missing Malaysia Aircraft flight MH370."

     
  29.  
    09:46:

    The statement added that the crew on board the Orion reported two objects - "the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object".

     
  30.  
    09:47:

    These objects are "separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 to AMSA earlier today", the Australian Maritime Safety Authority statement adds. "The objects reported by the Chinese were also within today's search area."

     
  31.  
    09:50:

    Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak tweets: "Just received a call from Australian PM @tonyabbott -2 objects were located & will be retrieved in the next few hours. pic.twitter.com/7x0f4MFlUx"

     
  32.  
    09:59:
    This handout photo taken on 22 March 2014 and released on 24 March 2014 by Australia's Department of Defence shows the HMAS Success from an RAAF AP-3C Orion in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority-led search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

    This is a picture of Australia's HMAS Success, which is currently in the southern Indian Ocean.

     
  33.  
    10:10:

    Hishammuddin Hussein said in a statement: "HMAS Success is in the vicinity and it is possible that the objects could be received within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning at the latest. Three search areas, totalling approximately 20,000 square nautical miles, have been identified for operations today. RCC Australia anticipates that 10 aircraft will be used."

     
  34.  
    10:10:

    To recap: There are 10 aircraft currently searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

     
  35.  
    10:14:

    From the press briefing by Malaysia's Hishammuddin Hussein: "New leads into MH370's possible location have come from satellite data. This was one of the four tools we identified that could narrow the search area, along with surveillance radar data, increasing surface and air assets, and bringing in more technical experts."

     
  36.  
    10:21:

    Of the police investigation, Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says officials have interviewed more than a hundred people, "including families of both the pilot and co-pilot".

     
  37.  
    10:40:

    To recap: An Australian plane has spotted two objects - one circular and grey and the other rectangular and orange - in the hunt for the missing Malaysia plane in the southern Indian Ocean, Australian officials say.

     
  38.  
    10:42:

    Most of the 239 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight were Chinese. More stories on the families here and the passengers on the missing plane here.

     
  39.  
    10:50:

    Here is a video of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in parliament, discussing the "objects" spotted in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean. He cautions, however, that the objects could be flotsam.

     
  40.  
    10:56:
    Malaysia's Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) answers questions during a press conference at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on 24 March 2014

    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, centre, said at the daily briefing: "At the moment there are new leads, but nothing conclusive."

     
  41.  
    11:10:

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) tweets: "Entire crew of HMAS Success currently keeping a lookout for objects in #MH370 search."

     
  42.  
    11:20:

    Chinese ships, including the icebreaker Xue Long or Snow Dragon, were on their way to the area where the debris was seen, Reuters news agency says.

     
  43.  
    11:28:

    Jade McMillan, a reporter of ABC Australia in Perth, tweets: "Media pack trying to get a glimpse of footage taken by Al Jazeera cameraman who was onboard RAAF Orion plane #MH370 pic.twitter.com/q1Myj0cBTj"

     
  44.  
    11:36:

    What do we know about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 so far? The plane departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday, 8 March (16:41 GMT, 7 March), and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT). The co-pilot was heard to say "All right, good night" to Malaysian air traffic control before the plane's transponder was shut down. Read more details about the plane's disappearance here.

     
  45.  
    11:44:

    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein told a regular news briefing on Monday that the objects could be retrieved by Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success "within the next few hours". Watch the video here.

     
  46.  
    11:50:
    A ground controller guides a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion to rest after sunset upon its return from a search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean, at RAAF Base Pearce north of Perth, 24 March 2014

    One of the aircraft involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, shown here arriving at RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, on Monday.

     
  47.  
    11:56:

    The Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft dropped a smoke marker near the area where two objects were spotted in the southern Indian Ocean. Watch the video footage here.

     
  48.  
    12:01:

    To recap: The search for the missing plane has been in two distinct corridors - one stretching to the north-west of the last known location in the Malacca Straits and one to the south-west in the Indian Ocean.

     
  49.  
    12:12:

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) tweets: "Last aircraft has departed the search scene without any further sightings. See the interview with AMSA's John Young http://bit.ly/1gMlZTZ"

     
  50.  
    12:18:

    On Sunday, cyclists held a prayer vigil while riding to the airport in Kuala Lumpur, where the missing flight MH370 took off. One participant said he is hoping for a miracle. Watch the video here.

     
  51.  
    12:34:

    Flight Lt Capt Josh Williams, from the Royal Australia Air Force, tells AP news agency about the objects spotted in the southern Indian Ocean search area: "There's no real way we can classify that on the aircraft [if objects are from missing plane]." "The analysis will be left to the photographers," he added.

     
  52.  
    12:55: Breaking News

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says the navy ship the HMAS Success is at the site of the debris spotted earlier. It has just released a statement about the search on its website.

     
  53.  
    13:01: Breaking News

    The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will hold a press conference at 1400 GMT on new developments on the search for the plane, reports the Star Newspaper. Watch it live on this page.

     
  54.  
    13:07:

    The Malaysian PM has been actively involved in the search operation, as you can see from his twitter feed. However, updates on the search are usually given by the acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussein. This announcement, due in little under an hour, could potentially be more significant.

     
  55.  
    13:10:

    A Twitter Q&A on flight MH370 will be starting soon at 13:30 GMT with BBC Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott @BBCWestcott and pilot Piers Applegarth from the British Airline Pilots Association. You can tweet your questions to them using @BBCwestcott and the hashtag #AskBBCRichard.

     
  56.  
    13:16: Najib Razak Malaysian Prime Minister

    tweets: "I will be making a statement on #MH370 at 10pm Malaysian time tonight at PWTC"

    That's confirmation then of the press conference, which will be held at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

     
  57.  
    13:25:

    To recap: all planes have now left the southern Indian ocean search area, which covers a total area 23,000 sq km, but ships continue to search.

     
  58.  
    Alastair Leithead BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

    tweets: Is the mystery of MH370 about to be solved? Malaysia PM late press conference, families told to gather.

     
  59.  
    13:33:

    Chinese media report that families of those on board are being prepared to fly to Australia, says Sky News.

     
  60.  
    13:39:

    The BBC's Beijing bureau says families of the relatives have been asked to gather for an emergency meeting. Meanwhile the Malaysian Prime Minister is due to speak in 20 minutes.

     
  61.  

    The BBC's Richard Westcott along with Piers Applegarth from BALPA have started to answer your questions on flight MH370, here's the first question and answer:

    Q: @kopxpert: Why would #MH370 be around 2,500km west of Australia? #AskBBCRichard

    A: We don't know it's there, either went N or S. Sat data says flying for 7h+ after last radio contact & when fuel wd run out #AskBBCRichard

    Tweet your questions using #AskBBCRichard

     
  62.  
    13:45:

    Australia's announcement of its discovery of debris in the ocean was also made by its head of government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, earlier on Monday. The search for the missing plane has become a matter of national concern for the countries involved.

     
  63.  
    13:47: Breaking News

    The following SMS message has been sent to relatives: "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's prime minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean."

     
  64.  
    13:55:

    Journalists have gathered in the press room where the Malaysian prime minister is due to make a statement in five minutes.

     
  65.  
    14:00: Breaking News

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says "with great sadness" data now confirms that the aircraft's last position was in the Indian Ocean south-west of Perth.

     
  66.  
    14:07:

    Prime Minister Najib Razak says more information about the search for the plane will be given on Tuesday.

     
  67.  
    14:10:

    The Malaysian prime minister's statement was based on information supplied by British satellite company Inmarsat and the UK's Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).

     
  68.  

    Piers Applegarth from BALPA is still answering your questions on flight MH370.

    Q: Stirling Dutton via email: Have the Malayan authorities tried to track passengers' mobile phones? #AskBBCRichard

    A: We don't know for sure. Staggering they wouldn't have tried. Phones don't work at 35k ft or over long stretch of water. #AskBBCRichard

     
  69.  
    14:11:

    The announcement by the Malaysian PM appears to have been based solely on tracking data supplied by Inmarsat and not on sightings of debris in the ocean.

     
  70.  
    14:21:

    Here's the full text of that statement by Malaysian PM Najib Razak: "This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370's flight path.

    Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

    This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

    We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

    Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. 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."

     
  71.  
    Maira Nari, daughter of the chief steward for the missing MH370

    tweets: God loves you more, daddy.... God loves them more. :')

     
  72.  
    14:14:
    AFP That was a short and sombre announcement by Malaysian PM Najib Razak, with acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein by his side (to his left)
     
  73.  
    Jack in Swindon, England

    emails: "How unbelievably impersonal of Malaysia Airlines to send a text message to relatives announcing that the plane and all onboard had been lost in the Southern Indian Ocean - talk about unfeeling. My thoughts and prayers with families and friends of deceased."

     
  74.  
    Najib Razak

    Prime Minister of Malaysia tweets: "I urge the media to respect their [relatives] privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time."

     
  75.  

    Your have been tweeting us your questions on flight MH370, including questions like the following about the recent announcement made by Malaysian PM Najib Razak.

    Q: @TrickyBee: How do they know plane ditched into Indian Ocean when they have not found plane debris? #AskBBCRichard

    A: Answer based on sat info. Before, aircraft wreckage not found for several years, although we know a/c has crashed. #AskBBCRichard

     
  76.  
    14:38: Hishamuddin Hussein, acting Transport Minister of Malaysia

    tweets: #MH370: Words just cannot describe how I feel tonight but I promise you especially the families of all the passengers and crew: The search continues.

     
  77.  
    Sydney Morning Herald's Philip Wen

    tweets: Relatives have learnt the news and are wailing openly at the Lido Hotel [in Beijing], some unable to walk. Medical staff still bringing in stretchers

     
  78.  
    14:41:

    The news has been a devastating blow for relatives of those on board flight MH370, most of whom are Chinese. Reporters say there are scenes of open distress in the hotel in Beijing where they are staying.

     
  79.  
    Rebecca Pugh, Shropshire, England

    emails: "I am heartbroken for the relatives and friends of the passengers that were on board MH370. I can't even begin to imagine how they are feeling right now. My heart, prayers and condolences go out to them all. Such a sad, unbelievable tragedy."

     
  80.  

    Piers Applegarth from BALPA has been answering your questions on Twitter about MH370.

    Q: Matthew via email: Why is black box still used rather than continuously transmit data to satellites? #AskBBCRichard

    A: 1/ You need a black box to record voices. 2/ So many planes flying, it would be info overload. #AskBBCRichard

     
  81.  
    Ramatu, Kaduna, Nigeria

    emails: "What a sad and unfortunate incident. I pray the families have some closure now. May God be with them all."

     
  82.  
    14:53: Richard Westcott BBC Transport Correspondent

    has spoken to British satellite company Inmarsat, which said its data was given to the UK's Air Accident Investigation Branch on Sunday, and that the calculations were based on an entirely new way of modelling the movement of aircraft.

     
  83.  
    15:00:

    Inmarsat said the new calculation basically involved crunching far more data - things like what other aircraft were doing at the time - and it needed to be checked before it went public.

     
  84.  
    15:01:
    AFP 24 March Relatives of the passengers on board flight MH370 react to the announcement about the loss of the plane at the Beijing hotel where they have been staying
     
  85.  
    15:05:

    French investigators tell the AFP news agency that it is "too soon" to launch a submarine search for flight MH370. French accident investigators have been heavily involved in the search because of their experience with Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris which crashed in the Atlantic in 2009.

     
  86.  
    Sky News' Alistair Bunkall

    tweets: Salamat Omar says he is keeping an "open heart to accept the fate". His son was a 29 year old aircraft engineer. #MH370

     
  87.  
    Rina Yazid in Malaysia

    emailed: "I hope the families and friends of those lost will not stop asking questions despite the official announcement. And that the investigation can provide more details on how it happened and why, not just where the plane ended. For now, it's 14 nations deep in mourning."

     
  88.  
    Alpha Kamara, Freetown, Sierra Leone

    emails: "This is sad... I pray that the souls of the passengers will rest in peace. But I still want the authorities to give out more information. A text message is scanty and it's scary for travellers."

     
  89.  
    15:09:

    Here's the full text of the message given to relatives and crew of those on board just before the Malaysian prime minister's statement:

    "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.

    On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.

    We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

    The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.

    We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.

    Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy."

     
  90.  
    Alastair, London, England

    emailed his question: "What I don't get is, if the plane flew for hours after it should have, how come not one passenger or crew member sent a text or made a call to someone?"

     
  91.  
    Xinhua news agency

    tweets that one victim's relative at the Lido Hotel in Beijing fainted and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

     
  92.  
    15:17:

    France's BEA accident investigation service tells AFP that the "extremely vast areas involved do not make it possible at this stage to consider undersea searches" for the aircraft.

     
  93.  
    15:19:

    Even after the latest announcement, there are many questions that remain, including the question of why the plane flew so far off track without making contact with the ground. Read our guide to what we do know about the mystery of flight MH370.

     
  94.  
    Richard Westcott BBC Transport Correspondent

    tweets: The room where the MH370 data would have been received [at Inmarsat's offices in London] http://twitpic.com/dz9o1b

    The room where the MH370 data would have been received
     
  95.  
    Richard Westcott BBC Transport Correspondent

    emails: "Why was the plane diverted from scheduled route? Who did that? Why? When? If all the advanced technology can't answer these questions, then it's all useless."

     
  96.  
    15:57:

    Here is the edited transcript of a Twitter Q&A on the missing flight, with BBC Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott & pilot Piers Applegarth: MH370: Twitter Q&A with Richard Westcott

     
  97.  
    16:06:

    Overwhelmed by grief - relatives of the missing passengers after receiving the latest news from Malaysia Airlines.

    Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, in the Lido hotel in Beijing, on 24 March 2014.
    A relative of a Chinese passenger aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370, cries after being told the latest update in Beijing, China, on 24 March 2014.
     
  98.  
    16:12:

    Captain Bimal Sharma's sister, Chandrika, was on the flight. He told the BBC he still had a lot of questions about what happened.

    "It's a very sad moment. I really wanted to believe that it's been hijacked.... But I'm sure they'll be carrying on with the search."

     
  99.  
    Janis Mackey Frayer, correspondent, Canadian TV

    tweets: Disbelief among China families of MH370 passengers. Woman screamed, "how can they lose contact at 2am and still see the flight at 8am?"

     
  100.  
    16:27:

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry is demanding that Malaysia hand over all information and evidence about the missing aircraft, Reuters news agency reports.

     
  101.  
    16:31:

    China also says it hopes Malaysia and other countries will continue searching for the missing plane, Reuters adds.

     
  102.  
    16:35:

    British satellite firm Inmarsat has described how its engineers established that Flight MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, according to BBC Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott.

     
  103.  
    16:41:

    Inmarsat engineers spent all weekend studying previous Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 flights, going back a few weeks. They compared the satellite data from those flights with Flight MH370 and were able to work out that it went south, our correspondent says.

     
  104.  
    16:47:

    Inmarsat says it traced the Flight's path by using cutting-edge modelling, which had never been tried before. Their calculations were based on the Doppler effect - better known as the theory behind why a police siren sounds different from different places.

     
  105.  
    16:52:

    Inmarsat told our correspondent that the plane had been flying at a cruising height above 30,000 feet. They found no evidence of fluctuations in height, as reported earlier. They also said they cannot pinpoint the position any further.

     
  106.  
    16:55:

    Inmarsat said they had their data reviewed by other scientists before handing it over to the Malaysian authorities on Sunday morning.

     
  107.  
    16:57:

    Some of the missing passengers' relatives were taken away on stretchers after hearing Malaysia confirm that the aircraft had been lost at sea.

    Medical personnel transport a family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 who collapsed after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, at the Lido hotel in Beijing on 24 March 2014
     
  108.  
    17:08:

    The press conference was highly unexpected, with journalists and relatives informed just an hour before the event, says the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Kuala Lumpur. It was held very late at night, she continues, and we will perhaps find out on Tuesday why so little warning was given.

     
  109.  
    17:09:

    Malaysia Airlines has issued a statement explaining how they informed the relatives of their conclusion that the flight "had been lost". They said they told the majority of the families in advance "in person and by telephone".

    "SMSs were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families," the statement adds.

     
  110.  
    17:10: Boeing Airplanes

    tweets: We're saddened by today's announcement on Malaysia Flight 370. Our thoughts continue to be with the families. http://bit.ly/1nUdNXe

     
  111.  
    17:27:

    One aspect the Malaysian PM did not address was whether investigators had confirmed that the floating objects in the ocean spotted by several search crews were debris from the plane, Associated Press notes.

     
  112.  
    17:29:

    To recap, the Australian authorities earlier said one of its planes had spotted two objects - one was circular and grey or green, and the other rectangular and orange.

     
  113.  
    17:30:

    But Australian PM Tony Abbott warned that the objects could also be the wreckage of a ship or washed-up cargo.

     
  114.  
    Richard Westcott BBC Transport Correspondent

    tweets: #MH370 this is it...they can't pinpoint any more

     
  115.  
    Ronnie from Hong Kong

    emails: If they had this data why was this not disclosed in the beginning, instead of wasting the whole week searching in the wrong area. This is utterly ridiculous and impossible to believe this is happening in a modern era.

     
  116.  
    Malcolm Moore, Beijing Correspondent, Daily Telegraph

    tweets: Most of the relatives are still inside the conference room in Beijing. Where else do they have to go?

     
  117.  
    17:45:

    If you missed the Malaysian prime minister's statement on the flight, you can watch it and/or read the full text here.

     
  118.  
    17:48:

    Sarah Bajc, whose boyfriend Philip Wood was on the flight, tells Associated Press in an email that she has had "no real closure", as the Malaysian prime minister's announcement made no mention of confirmed wreckage.

    "It looks like the first phase of our mission has ended. Now Philip's family and I will need some time for private grief," she writes.

     
  119.  
    Andy Barnes from Fareham, UK

    emails: They found out by text message notification? It could only have been a more insensitive and impersonal communication if the Malaysian authorities had put it on Facebook for the families to "Like". My thoughts to all the friends and families.

     
  120.  
    18:02:

    Malaysian police officers stand guard at the entrance of a hotel hosting Chinese relatives of the missing passengers in Bangi, outside Kuala Lumpur.

    Malaysian auxiliary police officers stand guard at the entrance of a hotel where Chinese relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are staying, in Bangi, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 24 March 2014.
     
  121.  
    Erol Post from Geneva

    emails: Could it be that the plane's GPS or mapping systems were somehow inverted north to south. If you look at the inverse map Beijing corresponds to somewhere in the Indian Ocean slightly north of where the debris was spotted.

     
  122.  
    Fissuh H Kelelom

    tweets: Absolutely heartbreaking. I thought we were so technologically advanced. MH370 has taught us we far from it. R.I.P. dears.

     
  123.  
    18:05:

    This concludes our live coverage of Monday's search for missing Flight MH370, where the Malaysian authorities said that it had to be assumed "beyond reasonable doubt" that the plane was lost and that there were no survivors, after new satellite analysis showed the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.

     
  124.  
    18:05:

    More searches are expected to continue on Tuesday, some 2,500km south-west of Perth. We will hear again from Prime Minister Najib Razak, who said further updates would be provided at a press conference on Tuesday.

     
  125.  
    18:06:

    You can stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the search for Flight MH370 on the main BBC News page. Thanks for following us today.

     

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