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March 24th, 2014
09:05 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended up in Indian Ocean: Was the announcement premature?

Stormy weather grounded search planes scheduled to hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, authorities said.

The unexpected delay in a search that has grabbed global attention came just hours after the Malaysian prime minister, with very little warning, spoke to the world for only the second time since the plane disappeared.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Bad weather forces authorities to suspend search

His message? There are no survivors.

"Its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said. "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."

How 'groundbreaking' number crunching found path of Flight 370

This is based on a new type of new analysis never used before by a British company called Inmarsat.

Some of the families of those missing aboard the flight are still asking for proof. And so is the Chinese government.

China's Deputy Foreign Minister demanded that the Malaysian government provide more evidence and information.

The mystery is still unsolved. There's still no confirmed debris and no firm evidence. Was this a premature announcement?

OutFront: Richard Quest, along with CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien. John Nance, an aviation analyst for ABC "World News". And Arthur Rosenberg, a pilot and aviation attorney.

March 24th, 2014
09:00 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: "None of those on board survived"

The surviving family members of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, heard the news they feared most: "all lives are lost".

For many, it was too much to bear.

A woman who left the Monday's press conference screaming, expressed doubts about the Malaysian conclusion.

"Where is the proof?" she said. "You haven't confirmed the suspected objects to tell us no one survived."

Seventeen days after the passenger jet disappeared with 239 people on board, emotions were high, ranging from blame to disbelief. While Malaysia's prime minister dashed any hopes of finding survivors, there are still many unanswered questions.

'They have told us all lives are lost,' says relative of Malaysia Airlines passenger

Heidi Snow lost her fiance on TWA Flight 800 and is the founder of ACESS, Aircraft Casualty Emotional Support Services. She's been speaking with some of the families of the missing and is Outfront.

"It reminds me of what it was like after Flight 800," Snow said. "There were a lot of new leads. Some of them were very tangible and other times they really didn't add to what we needed to hear. This isn't enough evidence to change the grieving process."

March 24th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Robotic submersibles to help in search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Families of those aboard Flight 370 are grappling with the news from the Malaysian government that no one survived.

But they still want evidence.

Authorities are hoping to find that physical evidence when the weather improves and the search resumes.

What could wreckage tell us about Flight 370's fate?

In an exclusive OutFront report, CNN's Rosa Flores got access to a high-tech underwater vehicle, which could help find that critical evidence.

 


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March 24th, 2014
08:42 PM ET

Death toll continues rising in Washington landslide

(CNN) - The number of dead and missing after a deadly weekend landslide in rural Washington grew Monday as fears of a new collapse drove searchers off part of the pile left behind.

Rescuers aided by dogs, sonar equipment and aircraft were still trying to find trapped survivors in Oso, a remote town north of Seattle, Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. About 100 people were attacking the slide from both sides. But authorities grew concerned that another slide could occur Monday afternoon, she said.

Geologists were advising the rescue effort on the risks, Ireton said, but in the meantime, "Ground crews have been pulled back."

With six bodies found Monday, the toll from Saturday's disaster north of Seattle grew to 14 dead, Snohomish County reported through its official Twitter account. Seven people are reported injured.

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said the number of people unaccounted for ballooned from 18 to 108, but that doesn't mean all of them are trapped somewhere in the wall of earth.Ireton said some names on that list "could be overlaps."

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots told reporters that "the situation is very grim."

"We're holding out hope, but keep in mind we've not found anybody alive on this pile since Saturday," he said.

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March 24th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

PM: Malaysian airliner's flight ended over Indian Ocean

(CNN) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators.

The announcement appeared to rule out the possibility that anyone could have survived whatever happened to the aircraft, which vanished more than two weeks ago with 239 people aboard.

As Razak spoke, airline representatives met with family members in Beijing. "They have told us all lives are lost," one relative of a missing passenger told CNN.

The developments happened the same day as Australian officials announced they had spotted two objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be related to the flight, which has been missing since March 8 with 239 people aboard.

One object is "a grey or green circular object," and the other is "an orange rectangular object," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

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