More than 10 months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished — after an exhaustive search in which 25 countries participated with equipment, supplies and financial support — Malaysian authorities have issued an official statement about the fate of the missing airliner.
The country’s Department of Civil Aviation says the disappearance of the Boeing 777 was an “accident,” all 239 people aboard MH370 are presumed dead, and the search for survivors has been called off.
Families of those aboard the ill-fated flight — many of them Chinese who watched the televised declaration of the “accident” conclusion — broke down in tears as they listened to the Malaysian official who made this morning’s announcement.
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The cause of the crash is still unknown. NBC News says the search for wreckage in the Southern Indian Ocean will continue.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the official announcement that was made on Thursday about MH370 and the process of compensating next of kin for the passengers’ loss of life.