Malaysia Air mystery thickens

The puzzle of the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is growing more complex, leaving aviation establishments shaken.

It is inconceivable that despite today’s aircraft having much superior avionics, satellite imaging and manufacturing technology supported by advanced information technology a plane can remain without any trace for nearly a week. It is one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history. The challenges facing investigators remain though massive search operations have been carried out by teams comprising thousands of people and the navies and air forces of many nations. It renews the need for still more advanced technology that would create better communication between aircraft and ground stations. This should be done on a priority basis to improve air safety.

Also this tragedy should lead to a revamp in security checks at departure terminals in airports. It is a matter of great concern that two passengers were able to board an international flight on stolen passports listed on Interpol’s database

Ramesh G. Jethwani, Bangalore

• Nobody knows what happened. The missing aircraft was not a sedan which changed its route and the driver parked it somewhere else. If some passengers’ phones are still active then why have the telecom companies not been able to locate them yet? Don’t create false hopes. Find the plane. I am sure some technical error took place and the pilot tried to land the plane in water so as to minimise the damage and save lives. I wonder why such a huge plane hasn’t been tracked down despite the latest radar systems and technology.

Ali Mirza, by email

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