Royal Malaysian air force navigator Captain Izam Fareq Hassan during a search and rescue operation

By Amie Tsang and Mark Odell

The jetliner that went missing on March 8 has proved to be a Rorschach test for air safety fears and concerns. The lack of intelligence means the investigation now spans oceans measuring 2.2m square nautical miles and land roughly equal to two-thirds of the landmass of continental US. However, the insatiable appetite for the latest news on the mystery, not to mention the fact that 239 people remain missing, has elicited theories that range from glorifying the heroic pilot to suspecting him of terrorism. Read more

By Clive Cookson, Science Editor

In our world of super-surveillance it seems almost unthinkable that a large airliner with 239 people on board could have vanished without trace in one of the most populated regions of the world.

Dozens of aircraft and ships are criss-crossing the South China Sea and Strait of Malacca to search for signs of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early on Saturday morning. And a galaxy of civil and military satellites and high-flying spy planes, capable of distinguishing objects as small as a football, are observing from high in the sky.

 Read more

Jeremy Grant

 Najib Razak, Malaysia's prime minister

Najib Razak, Reuters

In the New Straits Times, Malaysia’s solidly pro-government newspaper, a beaming prime minister Najib Razak is pictured in an advertisement. It lists a range of goodies he promises for the electorate if his ruling coalition is voted in at Sunday’s landmark general electionRead more