The search for any wreckage of a missing Malaysian plane was suspended on Tuesday due to bad weather and rough seas in a remote area of the Indian Ocean where officials say the jet carrying 239 people most probably crashed.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said late Monday that according to new satellite-data analysis from British firm Inmarsat, the plane was probably at the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished mysteriously from civilian radar screens less than an hour after departing the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on March 8 en route to Beijing.
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"My heart breaks to think of the unimaginable pain suffered by all the families. There are no words which can ease that pain. Everyone in the Malaysia Airlines family is praying for the 239 souls on MH370 and for their loved ones on this dark day," Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, group CEO at Malaysia Airlines said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.
The circumstances behind the plane's disappearance remain unclear and recovery of wreckage from the plane could provide clues as to why it diverted so far from its path.
"I have great confidence they [the authorities] will find a floating debris field and that becomes the starting point," John Cox, CEO at Safety Operating Systems and a former U.S. Airways pilot told CNBC.