On March 24, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed in public that the based on detailed analysis of satellite data, "the plane could be presumed lost at sea". This was an overwhelming piece of announcement, but the Australian PM supported it saying,"The accumulation of evidence is that the aircraft has been lost and it has been lost somewhere in the south of the Indian Ocean.That's the absolutely overwhelming wave of evidence and I think that Prime Minister Najib Razak was perfectly entitled to come to that conclusion, and I think once that conclusion had been arrived at, it was his duty to make that conclusion public."
Refusing to put any time limit to the search operation, the PM said,"This is an extraordinarly difficult exercise. We are searching a vast area of ocean and we are working on quite limited information. Nevertheless, the best brains in the world are applying themselves to this task, all of the technological mastery that we have is being applied and brought to bear here. If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it. But I don't want to underestimate just how difficult it is.We can keep searching for quite some time to come. The intensity of our search and the magnitude of our search is increasing, not decreasing."
He further added,"We owe it to the families, we owe it to everyone that travels by air, we owe it to the governments of the countries who had citizens on that aircraft, we owe it to the wider world which has been transfixed by this mystery for three weeks now. We owe it to everyone to do everything we reasonably can."