CNN is joined by Malaysia’s Prime Minister who admits here in the mainstream media that another plane was spotted on radar with MH370 when the flight went missing. With this admission from a Malaysian government official, ‘conspiracy theorists’ are being vindicated that something was ‘amiss’ from the start of this ‘event’ while families of the missing passengers and crew surely have ammunition to take their request for an inquiry to the next level. Who owned the mystery plane seen with flight MH370 on radar? Why was it there? What was it doing? If you had family members on board that plane, what would you be doing now?
(CNN) -- More than six weeks after Flight 370 disappeared, Malaysia's prime minister says his government is still not prepared to declare it -- and the 239 people on board -- lost.
"At some point in time I would be, but right now I think I need to take into account the feelings of the next of kin -- and some of them have said publicly that they aren't willing to accept it until they find hard evidence," Najib Razak told CNN's Richard Quest in an exclusive TV interview.
Still, he said, it is "hard to imagine otherwise."
Najib also announced that his government will release a preliminary report next week on the plane's disappearance. The report has already been submitted to the United Nations.
A month ago, Najib announced that, based on satellite data from Inmarsat, investigators had determined the plane's "last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."
That same day, Malaysia Airlines sent a text to relatives of the passengers saying "we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived."
In the interview Thursday with CNN, Najib called it "a bizarre scenario which none of us could have contemplated." How could a plane that was supposed to head toward Beijing end up "half-way toward Antarctica?" he said.
The night of the flight's disappearance, a military radar picked up a plane traveling across the Malaysian Peninsula.
Najib said he believes there was someone monitoring the radar, "but the interpretation was done after the event."
It was not known whether the plane was MH370, he said, and no planes were sent up to investigate "because it was deemed not to be hostile." It "behaved like a commercial airline, following a normal flight path," he said.