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PEARCE AIR FORCE BASE, Australia — After 17 days of mystery over the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that a new analysis of satellite data had confirmed that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean with all its passengers and crew.
The announcement, which unleashed an outpouring of sorrow and grief among the families of the 239 people on board, narrowed the search area to deep waters west of Australia, but left many questions unanswered about why the plane flew to such a remote part of the world.
Analysts had previously held out the possibility that the jet could have flown north instead, toward Central Asia, but the new data showed that it could have headed only south, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.