“Seven days ago the flight disappeared. We realise this is an excruciating time for the families for those on board. Mo words can describe the pain they must be going through. Our thoughts and our prayers must be with them.”
“As of today 14 countries 43 ships and aircraft are involved in the search.
“I want to thank all the governments for their help.
“We have shared information in real time with authorities who have the necessary experience to interpret the data. We have been working non-stop to assist the investigation and we have put our national security second in the search or the plane.”
“We followed every credible lead. Sometimes these leads have led nowhere.
“There has been intense speculation. We understand the desperate need for information.
“But we have a responsibility to the investigation and the families to only release information that has been cooborated.”
“Radar data showed that from this point onwards a plane believed to be MH370 did turn back and turned back in a westerly direction before turning north west. The prime minister said this new information had led to the ending of the search operation in the South China Sea.
He said two new huge search areas had been opened up with ‘a northern corridor heading towards Europe from Turkmenistan to Thailand, with the other stretching from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.