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MH370: last contact from plane made after systems shut down – live coverage

The Malaysian ministry of transport has just issued a new statement about the search operation. Crucially, it says that last Saturday police began investigating all passengers and crew on board the plane, as well as ground staff. The Malaysian government has faced growing criticism over their handling of the search and rescue operations and the

The mystery of MH370 goes to the heart of our fears | Stephanie Merritt

The satirical website the Onion said it best on Thursday. The investigation into the fate of flight MH370 had been widened, it declared, “to encompass not only the possibilities of mechanical failure, pilot error, terrorist activity or a botched hijacking, but also the overarching scope of space, time and humankind’s place in the universe”. Is

Malaysia flight MH370 hunt sees suspicion and cooperation

Thirteen nations are now involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photograph: Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA In a region often fraught with tensions over territory and shifting power, the sight of 13 countries co-operating for a common goal is rare and welcome. Yet questions over the use and sharing of information during the hunt

MH370: search for missing plane extends to the Indian ocean – live updates

The Malaysian authorities now appear to have a more open mind to reports that the plane sent out signals hours after it lost contact with air traffic control. In yesterday’s press conference they tersely dismissed such reports as “inaccurate”. But now the Ministry of Transport has tempered that stance. In its latest statement it said:

MH370: Missing plane could have kept flying four hours after disappearing, U.S. investigators say – live

When exactly MH370 disappeared from Malaysian radar screens has become the source of much confusion today. The Guardian’s China correspondent, Tania Branigan, gives us this overview. Details of when MH370 was last seen are highly confusing, so bear with me: When the flight first went missing, Malaysia Airlines said repeatedly that its last contact was

MH370: no sign of debris detected by Chinese satellite – live updates

Malaysia Airlines appears to have downplayed reports that Rolls Royce, the engine makers of the missing plane, may have received two sets of data on its whereabouts. Earlier this week the New Scientist revealed that one set of data tracked the plane after take-off and a second recorded it was during the climb towards Beijing.