Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's Asia Correspondent, based in Delhi.

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A message for pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, is pictured at an event to express solidarity to the family members of passengers onboard the plane

Missing Malaysia Flight MH370: FBI called in to recover deleted data from flight simulator at pilot’s home

Malaysian minister insists those aboard should be considered innocent until proven guilty

Andrew Buncombe with Capt Amin Said in a flight simulator

Missing Malaysian Flight MH370: Following in the trail of the lost plane

The name of the way point, or marker, IGARI, was spelled out in bold white capital letters, clear against the blackness of the radar screen. The route being taken by the plane was etched in green. The jet itself was a yellow cross.

Crew members look outside windows from a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue (SAR) operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the Strait of Malacca

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Hunt for missing jet hampered by lack of international cooperation

Background checks on all 154 Chinese nationals did not uncover any evidence suggesting they were involved in hijacking or an act of terrorism, officials say

A military officer looks out from a Vietnam Air Force aircraft during a mission to find missing flight MH370

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: US pushes search towards vast expanse of the Indian Ocean

Officials insist aircraft kept 'pinging' for several hours after last-known location

A satellite image showing the suspected crash sea area. Search teams found no sign of any wreckage

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Focus shifts west as Indian Ocean becomes latest search area for the aircraft and its passengers

The new search area comes after the Malaysia’s Transport Minister admitted he was no closer to finding the aircraft

A woman writes a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Angry relatives turn on Malaysian envoy as search comes up empty again

Relatives of passengers of Flight MH370 have angrily turned on a senior Malaysian envoy – demanding that he provide them with answers as the fifth day of efforts to trace the missing aircraft once again came up empty.

Tough questions: Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein insists Malaysia will not give up until the plane is located

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: India and Japan join 12-nation search, but solid information is as scarce as ever

Officials have admitted they still have no idea where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have disappeared and said that planes and ships from 12 separate nations were now searching 27,000 square miles of ocean.

Malala Yousafzai speaks during the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in London

Letter from Asia: A choral work honouring Malala unites Karachi and Crouch End

“I just thought the story of Malala and her struggle was very powerful. I thought it would be great to have it as a piece of music”

A Malaysian police official displays photographs of the two men who boarded the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight using stolen European passports

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Details emerge of two young Iranians using stolen passports in search for a better life

The two men travelling on stolen passports became the subject of terror speculation – but they were merely on their way to Europe on the quest for work

A Pakistani boy helps his father to make 'Chappal' or sandal at their workshop in Quetta - Paul Smith sell a £300 version in their London store

Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper called it the “chappal of two cities”. How, the paper wanted to know, could a simple leather sandal, commonly available in Pakistan for just a few pounds, sell for £300 in a London designer store?

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