For a modern airliner simply to disappear without trace for almost five days, as Malaysia Airlines MH370 has done, is extraordinary and unimaginably distressing for those who are personally connected to the 227 passengers and 12 crew onboard.
Of course it should not happen. But it has.
So in the awful vacuum of no information, the so-called “experts”, the conspiracy theorists and the prejudiced are rushing to fill the void with their theories and biased finger-pointing.
With no information available, not one of these experts knows what has happened to that Boeing 777-200 or why. It’s all conjecture or spotlight-seeking, or both.
Speculation won’t find the aircraft or help those who most need help right now – the family and friends of those missing, including the many people who work at Malaysia Airlines and who are grieving for their colleagues and who, in some cases, may be scared to death of their next work assignment.
From what I have observed over the past few days, Malaysia Airlines has conducted itself well and entirely appropriately, issuing regular statements despite being as bereft of information as anyone else, and doing everything in its power to both locate its aircraft and take care of distressed relatives under unique and extremely difficult circumstances.
If Malaysian military authorities have been or are hiding information, then that is a moral travesty and something to be addressed later as part of the investigation. But, like all the other speculation, there is no concrete evidence of this – and the US and China are the last nations in a position to point fingers on military disinformation. So the CAAC should quit its accusations and instead fully support the search effort.
And the theorists and “experts” should begin every statement with this: “I don’t know what happened.” Because so far, that's the only truth.