"New satellite data reveals that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 'ended' its journey in a 'remote location' of the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said today.
"'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,' a somber Razak said during a media briefing.
"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."
Obviously, there is still no information available about the cause of the crash, assuming this new information proves correct.
Disasters have dominated recent news cycles. A mudslide in Washington state has claimed eight lives, and a dozen more possible victims are still missing, as the Seattle Times describes:
"Hopes dimmed Sunday for finding survivors in the nearly one square mile of muck and debris left by a mudslide that killed at least eight people and demolished dozens of houses. More than a dozen remained missing, but it was unclear just how many.
"'We didn't see or hear any signs of life out there today,' said Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire Districts 21 and 22, during a Sunday afternoon news conference. Gov. Jay Inslee warned of grim days ahead during a news conference at Arlington City Hall. 'I have a sense we are going to have some hard news here,' he said.
"The rain-soaked hillside that slid away Saturday morning was the same one that had partially collapsed in 2006. The area is about 16 miles east of Arlington."
Officials think recent heavy rainfall made the ground unstable, triggering the mudslide. The weather out West has been so unpredictable (what climate change?) it's almost impossible to predict what kind of environmental accidents lie ahead.
Speaking of disasters, did you hear about the new oil spill in the beleaguered Gulf of Mexico? Just in time for the migratory birds to bathe in the black ooze.
"No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the busy Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as a fifth of its cargo into one of the world's busiest waterways for moving petrochemicals, according to the Coast Guard.
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