It’s hard to imagine receiving a worse text message than the one sent to the families of the 239 people aboard Malaysian Air flight 370.
Here’s the text message that was sent to relatives (the Chinese translation you see here is generated by the user’s phone):
The message came shortly before Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a packed press conference that data from Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the satellite company Inmarsat indicated that the airplane went down in a remote part of the Indian Ocean and that all aboard were presumed dead.
“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,” he said.
According to Razak, this latest assessment is based on “a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort,” and while it remains unclear exactly how Inmarsat and the British investigators concluded that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, that determination represents the most definitive official statement to date about the plane’s fate.