Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak makes a televised statement about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday in Kuala Lumpur. / Ahmad Yusni, European Pressphoto Agency
For 16 days, they waited. They hoped for a miracle, and they feared what each passing day seemed to prove more likely.
Monday, families of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were told what they never wanted to hear - some of them through a text message.
"Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia's Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."
Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that management informed the majority of families in person and by telephone before the prime minister's announcement. The statement said text messages were used "only as an additional means of communicating with families."
Sarah Bajc, the girlfriend of Malaysian‚?? Airlines Flight 370 passenger Philip Wood, said she received the text message from the airline "a few minutes" before the prime minister's TV appearance.
Some of the families issued a scathing statement Monday condemning the Malaysian government and the airline's handling of the missing jet, according to the online news site Mashable.
"If the 154 passengers did lose their lives, Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and military are the real executioners who killed them," the statement read.
Contributing: Marisol Bello, USA TODAY
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