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Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation claims

  • Jiang Hui, left, is comforted by Dai Shuqin, both are relatives of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, after watching a pre-recorded message broadcast on Malaysian television by Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority from a laptop computer in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, "remains a priority." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Jiang Hui, left, is comforted by Dai Shuqin, both are relatives of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, after watching a pre-recorded message broadcast on Malaysian television by Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority from a laptop computer in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, "remains a priority." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A couple whose son aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, show off a poster featuring a photo of their son as they hold a protest to demand the Malaysian government to keep searching the missing plane near Malaysian Embassy in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, "remains a priority." The poster reads: "Malaysia Airlines, return my relative to me." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A couple whose son aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, show off a poster featuring a photo of their son as they hold a protest to demand the Malaysian government to keep searching the missing plane near Malaysian Embassy in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, "remains a priority." The poster reads: "Malaysia Airlines, return my relative to me." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jiang Hui, left, and Dai Shuqin, relatives of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, react while watching a laptop computer screen showing a pre-recorded message broadcast on Malaysian television by Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority has officially declared the MH370 crash an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8, 2014, "remains a proiority." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Jiang Hui, left, and Dai Shuqin, relatives of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, react while watching a laptop computer screen showing a pre-recorded message broadcast on Malaysian television by Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority has officially declared the MH370 crash an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8, 2014, "remains a proiority." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority has officially declared the MH370 crash an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims.

Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8, 2014, "remains a proiority."

In a pre-recorded message broadcast on Malaysian television he said "it is with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that we officially declare Malaysia Airlines Flight mh370 an accident."

He said all 239 passengers and crew on board are presumed to have lost their lives.