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Malaysian Officials: Plane Crashed in Southern Indian Ocean

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New satellite data shows that the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 reportedly ended its journey in a "remote location" of the southern Indian Ocean.

A report from ABC News states the information was released Monday morning by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The jet vanished March 8 with 289 people on board after it took off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing.

"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," Razak said during a media briefing.

   READ MORE: Officials Still Trying to Determine What Happened to the Plane After It Took Off

The announcement follows weeks of searches that spanned the South China Sea, Strait of Malacca and finally the south Indian Ocean off of Australia as authorities tried to figure out what happened to the plane.

The new information came from British satellite maker Inmarsat, which used a new type of analysis never before used to try and pinpoint the plane's last known location, Razak said.

"[Inmarsat] has been performing calculations on the data using type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort and they have been able to shed more light on MH370. Based on the new analysis, Inmarsat and the (British) Accidents Investigation Branch have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that it's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," Razak said.

He noted that Malaysia Airlines had already been in touch with the families of the 289 people on board, saying that he knew the past few weeks had been "heartbreaking" for them and that this latest development must be harder still.

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