Malaysia's prime minister has announced on the basis of new analysis it must be concluded that missing flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Najib Razak said Malaysia Airlines had informed the families of the 239 passengers and crew.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March.
The announcement came as the search effort in the southern Indian Ocean completed a fifth day of operations.
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Malaysia Airlines has released a statement promising to "continue to provide assistance and support" after new analysis indicated its missing flight MH370 landed in the Southern Indian Ocean.
The statement read: "On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time."
"We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
"The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain," the statement continued.
"We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead."