"It is therefore for with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.
Families of passengers received the devastating news via text message, according to NBC News' Adrienne Mong, prompting some criticism that officials had chosen an insensitive method of communication.
"SMSs were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families. Those families have been at the heart of every action the company has taken since the flight disappeared on 8th March and they will continue to be so," the airline said.
A rep released this additional statement to SkyNews:
[H/T Washington Post]
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