Sorrow and anger as Malaysia says flight MH370 lost
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Sorrow and anger as Malaysia says flight MH370 lost

Following Monday night’s announcement by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak that new evidence indicates that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, the world has been mourning the loss of the 239 lives on board the flight. On Tuesday, grieving families marched on the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing amid announcements from Australian and Malaysia Airlines officials. Search operations have been suspended due to adverse weather conditions. Below is a timeline of today’s events.

*** All times Malaysia time ***

5.43pm: In a press conference this afternoon Malaysia’s acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said all of the search efforts are now being concentrated in the southern corridor, with a number of countries involved.

“We are currently working to further narrow down the search area, using the four methods I mentioned previously: gathering information from satellite surveillance, analysis of surveillance radar data, increasing air and surface assets, and increasing the number of technical and subject matter experts,” he said.


1.01pm: The full statements from Malaysia Airlines chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof and CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya can be found here. Key excerpts:

Based on this evidence, the Prime Minister’s message was that we must accept the painful reality that the aircraft is now lost and that none of the passengers or crew on board survived. … This news is clearly devastating for the families of those on board. They have waited for over two weeks for even the smallest hope of positive news about their loved ones. … Our sole and only motivation last night was to ensure that in the incredibly short amount of time available to us, the families heard the tragic news before the world did. Wherever humanly possible, we did so in person with the families or by telephone, using SMS only as an additional means of ensuring fully that the nearly 1,000 family members heard the news from us and not from the media.


12.41pm:AP UPDATE: Weather suspends search for Malaysian jetliner as China demands satellite data

12.40pm: Malaysia Airlines chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof is speaking to the press. He says: “The aircraft is now lost and none of the passengers and crew on board survived.”


Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, left, speaks during a press conference as Nor Yusof, chairman of Malaysia Airlines listens at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

12.30pm: Victims relatives vent their grief and anger in Beijing:

12.28pm: Australian Devence Minister  David Johnston says he is “confident” about Malaysia’s assessments on flight MH370  because that’s the best we’ve got in this point in time”. He confirms weather conditions are making it too dangerous for search operations Tuesday.




10am: China demands Malaysian data on flight MH370 that led to last night’s announcement, AP reports:

Among the flight’s 239 passengers, 153 were Chinese nationals, making the incident a highly emotional one for Beijing. Family members of the missing passengers have complained bitterly about a lack of reliable information and some suspect they are not being told the whole truth.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng as telling the Malaysian ambassador to Beijing that China wanted to know the specific facts that led Malaysia to announce Monday night that the plane had been lost.

There was no immediate response from the Malaysian side.

8am: The Australian Maritime Search Authority says search operations for flight MH370 have been suspended for Tuesday because of adverse weather conditions: