It was both painful and very moving to read Mr. K.S. Narendran’s account (“The unbearable heaviness of an information void,” April 18). But investigators must pay more attention to the following points: An accident of this kind has not occurred so far. No parts have been traced. Then, what can be so unique about this accident? There is more to it than meets the eye. It has not been explained well enough why the aircraft changed direction and why there have been repeated changes made in versions on the last conversations between the flight crew and air traffic control. Information has been released and then contradicted repeatedly. This has naturally eroded confidence in the way the investigation is progressing.

Krishnaswami K.R. Rangaswami,

Chennai

It is indeed intriguing that no one seems to question the hypothesis that the missing aircraft flew south and “crashed” in the Indian Ocean. This is based on Inmarsat data and using calculations that have not been used before. The writer has chosen to ask these questions in this time of personal sadness and uncertainty, and we are fully behind him.

Based on uninterrupted flow of information through the media it appears that more information is being concealed than is being revealed. The cold truth is that in the end, it is only the relatives of the passengers who will have to pursue the truth. The power and the influence that the media exercise over society are immense. I have no doubt in my mind that relatives should push the media to get governments to help the families of the passengers who have been left to fend for themselves.

Subramanian Sankar,

Chennai

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