Malaysia airlines flight MH370 probably crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, thousands of miles from the plane's original flight path, authorities said, 16 days after the plane was first reported missing.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at a press conference late on Monday said no one is believed to have survived the flight, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, March 8.
The international investigation into the ill-fated carrier has produced several false leads over the past two weeks, taking a toll on the families of those on board the flight who until the announcement had been clinging on to hope their relatives may still be alive.
Many questions about the fate of MH370 remain unanswered, including why the flight diverted from its planned route and what exactly caused it to crash.
Here is a chronology of the latest developments:
Tuesday, March 25
Search suspended: Search operation for wreckage of the flight is temporarily suspended due to poor weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean.
Monday, March 24
Confirmation of flight's fate:Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says fresh analysis of satellite data tracking MH370 shows the flight went down with passengers and crew members in the southern Indian Ocean, west of Perth - a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.
Informing relatives: Malaysia Airlines sends text messages to families saying it has to be assumed that that none of those on board MH370 survived. The airline says arrangements will be made to take relatives of passengers to the recovery area once it receives approval from the investigating authorities.
More debris spotted: Earlier in the day, a Chinese plane spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing airline.