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UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines to families: 'None of those on board survived'

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A woman read message cards tied up for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AP Photo A woman read message cards tied up for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AP Photo

(NBC News) - The families of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet have been sent text messages telling them that the plane been "lost."

"We have to assume beyond reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived," the message said. "We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean."

New satellite data analysis has showed that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's prime minister told a press conference on Monday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said that was "with sadness and deep regret" that he annouced that the Boeing 777's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.

The prime minister said that the announcement was based on data analyzed by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch and satellite firm Inmarsat.

Earlier, the families of passengers aboard the aircraft were sent text messages by the airline telling them that the plane been "lost."

After more than two weeks of mystery and speculation, the prime minister's announcement was the first confirmation of the fate of the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8.

Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board.

Attention and resources in the search for the Boeing 777 have shifted from an initial focus north of the equator to an increasingly narrowed stretch of rough sea, thousands of miles from the plane's original flight path.

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