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Questions Remain as Malaysia Declares Fate of Missing Airliner
By the time the text message arrived, 17 days had passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It was addressed to the loved ones of the 239 passengers and crew, and the tone was clinical: based on an analysis of satellite data, Malaysian authorities had concluded “beyond any reasonable doubt” that MH 370 had plunged into the southern Indian Ocean seven hours off its intended flight path. There were no survivors.
For the families of those aboard MH 370, the news, which was grounded in calculations by a British satellite firm, could not have been a complete surprise.