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In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a Chinese IL-76 plane searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 returns to Perth airport, Australia after a hunting sortie, Monday, March 24, 2014. A Chinese plane on Monday spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes. The crew aboard an IL-76 plane sighted the object in the southern Indian Ocean and reported the coordinates to the Australian command center, which is coordinating the multinational search, as well as the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon, which is en route to the area, China's Xinhua News Agency reported. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lui Siu Wai) NO SALES (Lui Siu Wai)

A woman read message cards tied up for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 24, 2014. A Chinese plane on Monday spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes. (AP Photo) (AP)

A Malaysian Chinese woman takes pictures of a message board for the missing Malaysia Airline, Flight MH370 with a mobile phone camera at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 24, 2014. A Chinese plane on Monday spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) (Joshua Paul)

A man uses his mobile phone near a board with the characters "Pray for MH370 safe return" meant for relatives and workers to write their prayers and well wishes on in a room reserved for relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airline jet in Beijing, China, Monday, March 24, 2014. Rain was expected to hamper the hunt Monday for debris suspected of being from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as the United States prepared to move a specialized device that can locate black boxes into the south Indian Ocean region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (Ng Han Guan)

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a Chinese IL-76 plane searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lands at Perth airport, Australia, after a hunting sortie Monday, March 24, 2014. A Chinese plane on Monday spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes. The crew aboard an IL-76 plane sighted the object in the southern Indian Ocean and reported the coordinates to the Australian command center, which is coordinating the multinational search, as well as the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon, which is en route to the area, China's Xinhua News Agency reported. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lui Siu Wai) NO SALES (Lui Siu Wai)

A man whispers on a cellphone near a board which reads "MH370 missing day 17" at a room reserved for relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in Beijing, China, Monday, March 24, 2014. Rain was expected to hamper the hunt Monday for debris suspected of being from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as the United States prepared to move a specialized device that can locate black boxes into the south Indian Ocean region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (Ng Han Guan)

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C Orion takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base to commence a search for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, Monday, March 24, 2014. Satellite images released by Australia and China had earlier identified possible debris in an area that may be linked to the disappearance of the flight on March 8 with 239 people aboard. (AP Photo/Paul Kane, Pool) (Paul Kane)

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 attend a meeting with the Malaysian ambassador to China and a representative of Malaysia Airlines in Beijing, China, Monday, March 24, 2014. Rain was expected to hamper the hunt Monday for debris suspected of being from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as the United States prepared to move a specialized device that can locate black boxes into the south Indian Ocean region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (Ng Han Guan)

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, right, and Dan Gillis, senior search and rescue officer involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, watch monitor at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's rescue coordination center in Canberra, Sunday, March 23. 2014. Planes and ships scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Graham Tidy, Pool) (Graham Tidy)

This Saturday, March 22, 2014 graphic provided by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), shows the approximate position of the objects seen floating in a Chinese satellite image in the southern Indian Ocean that the AMSA is concentrating its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on. China on Saturday released a satellite image showing an object floating in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean near where planes and ships have been crisscrossing since similar images from an Australian satellite emerged earlier in the week. Two military planes from China arrived Saturday in Perth and were expected on Sunday to join Australian, New Zealand and U.S. aircraft in the search. (AP Photo/Australian Maritime Safety Authority) (AP)

Cyclists hold a banner reading "Pray for MH370" during "The Ride of Prayer" for the missing Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370, outside the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Search planes headed back out to a desolate patch of the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, after China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) (Joshua Paul)

A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370, speaks to journalists after attending a meeting with Malaysian government representatives in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Planes and a ship scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (Ng Han Guan)
Malaysia: Missing Flight 370 crashed in Indian Ocean

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.

The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370, which disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.

Dressed in a black suit, Najib announced the news “with deep sadness and regret” in a brief news conference late Monday night.

He said Malaysia Airlines has informed the families of passengers of the plane’s fate.

Najib said the information was based on an unprecedented analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat.