"With deep sadness I want to inform you that Flight MH370 ended in Southern Indian Ocean," Najib told reporters at a specially convened press conference.
He said based on information provided by British satellite company Inmarsat we have concluded that the plane flew along the southern corridor in which its last position was in the middle of southern Indian Ocean.
Boeing 777-200 with 239 people went missing on March 8
According to an official at the Beijing International airport, the passengers list shows that at least five Indian citizens boarded the plane from Kuala Lumpur. They are Chandrika Sharma, Prahlad Shirsat, Chetana Vinod Kolekar, Vinod Suresh Kolekar and Swanand Vinod Kolekar.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 239 people went missing on March 8, one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
Here is the full text of PM's statement
This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company thatprovided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data.
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.
With agency inputs,