As Twitchy reported, the Malaysian prime minister recently announced that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the Indian Ocean. Families of the missing passengers found out a bit sooner than the rest of us — via text message:

Sickened by Malaysia Airlines’ notification strategy? You’re not alone:

https://twitter.com/_lopezLP/status/448105165951078400

https://twitter.com/Vivaciously_Val/status/448104413685878784

https://twitter.com/Nojuicejustjin/status/448103721357312000

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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Update:

The full statement, via BNO News:

It is with deep sadness that Malaysia Airlines earlier this evening had to confirm to the families of those on board Flight MH370 that it must now be assumed the flight had been lost. As the Prime Minister said, respect for the families is essential at this difficult time. And it is in that spirit that we informed the majority of the families in advance of the Prime Minister’s statement in person and by telephone. SMSs were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families. Those families have been at the heart of every action the company has taken since the flight disappeared on 8th March and they will continue to be so. When Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area and until that time, we will continue to support the ongoing investigation.