Malaysian authorities have said that â€˜beyond all reasonable doubtâ€™ flight MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean and â€˜none of those on board survivedâ€™.
In a sombre announcement to the media Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak confirmed that â€˜we have to assume beyond all reasonable doubt that flight MH370 was lostâ€™.
Mr Najib explained that new satellite data showed the Malaysian Airlines plane had flown through the â€˜southern corridorâ€™ in the Indian Ocean, where its journey ended.
â€˜It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,â€™ he said.
The families of those on board have been informed of the news by an official Malaysia Airlines text message.
Mr Najib told the assorted media that data collated between the British telecommunications company Inmarsat and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had provided the conclusion.
He said although this type of analysis had â€˜never before used in an investigation of this sortâ€™ it had been able to shed light on MH370â€™s fate.
It is still unclear whether any wreckage has actually been recovered although searches are still ongoing â€“ a press conference will be held first thing tomorrow morning with further details.