— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 24, 2014
All hope has faded for the families of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight 370. In a closed door meeting this morning, the family members were told there is no hope that their loved ones survived a crash into the south Indian Ocean. Malaysian officials sent text messages to relatives waiting for word in China informing them that they must accept the fact that their loved ones are gone.
After meeting with the families, the Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said: "It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that... flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."
"We humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by #MH370 tragedy," Malaysia Airlines tweeted shortly after the Prime Minister held a press conference to announce the sad news to the world.
Flight 370 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members vanished off radar on March 8. The plane was en route to Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur.
A massive, multinational search and rescue operation in the south Indian Ocean resulted in several sightings of debris floating on the Ocean surface over the weekend.
The prevailing theory is that a suicidal pilot (or co-pilot) incapacitated everyone on board by depressurizing the plane cabin after it was handed off to Vietnamese Air Traffic Control. After making a sharp left turn, the suicidal pilot followed established waypoints that would not cast suspicion on the plane.
According to CNN's so-called aviation experts, the pilots were incapacitated by a fire on board the plane. The fire disabled all of the plane's electrical systems (including the redundancy backup systems) but magically spared the plane's navigational system that allowed flight 370 to make five turns including a sharp left turn toward the Indian Ocean.
Another one of CNN's "expert" theories is that a catastrophic depressurization occurred on board the plane. But that wouldn't explain how the transponder or ACARS was turned off. It also doesn't explain the plane's behavior afterwards.
No other airliner in the history of modern aviation has ever made 5 turns on autopilot while on fire or depressurized.