CNN:马航370失联谜团之9大质疑Malaysia flight saga: 9 questions linger
(CNN) - The families of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been told the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.
Some got the shaking news from a phone call, others received a text message from Malaysia Airlines telling them to "assume beyond a reasonable doubt" that their relatives did not survive. Others heard the news in person at hotels in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, around the time Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made the announcement at a Monday press conference.>>>马航客机终结消息在北京引发抗议
"They have told us all lives are lost," a missing passenger's relative briefed by the airline in Beijing said.
That news gave an official explanation of what happened to the plane, a mystery that captivated global audiences for more than two weeks, but the saga of 370 has produced lingering questions:
1. How did experts determine where the plane went?
'Eventually something will come to light'
Working to pinpoint missing plane
The deep sea robot search for 370Inmarsat is the British company that carried out the satellite analysis that determined the plane went into the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysia's Prime Minister said Monday the plane was last tracked over the water, west of Perth, Australia. There is "no way" the plane went north, said Chris McLaughlin, a senior vice president at Inmarsat.The route into the southern Indian Ocean was the "best fit" with the signals the plane sent to a communications satellite.But he cautioned to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "Nothing is final.""We're not Earth observation satellites, we're data satellites. So it will require a lot of different skills, a lot of different people, not least the naked eye, to finally confirm what happened to 370."McLaughlin said the mathematics-based process used by Inmarsat and Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch was "groundbreaking." The new calculations underwent a peer review process with space agency experts and contributions by Boeing, he said.