It has been eight years since flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, becoming one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in aviation history.
Unanswered questions still in flight disappearedsuch as why its communications were disabled, and why the plane appeared to have made a turn before it disappeared.
But while theories have been put forth about the plane’s fate – from a hijacking, a murder-suicide, or simply a mechanical malfunction – the families of those on board flying still has very few answers.
This is not the first time the plane has gone missing. Here are eight other planes that have disappeared from the sky leaving almost no trace:
The Boeing 727-233 was ‘stolen’
In 2003, a Boeing 727-233, registration N844AA, began rolling along the runway at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, Angola with no communication between the crew and the tower. The mid-sized aircraft moved toward the runway and took off without clearance. The jet then headed west across the Atlantic with its lights off and its transponder not transmitting, and has never been seen since. There were two men on board, both of whom are not believed to be capable of flying, Air and Space magazine reported. A worldwide search by the FBI and CIA failed to locate the plane or its crew and was eventually suspended. To this day, the whole thing remains a mystery.
Guardians reported sightings of the plane several months after it went missing, but it was never officially confirmed.
Art theft in midair?
A cargo plane operated by Brazilian airline Varig disappeared in January 1979 just 30 minutes after it took off from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Adding to the mystery of the plane’s disappearance, on board were 153 paintings worth more than $1.2 million (£700,000). Neither the plane, the crew nor the paintings have been seen since.
Flying Tiger Line Flight 739
One of the oldest mysteries in aviation history is what happened to Flying Tiger Airlines Flight 739 in 1962. An American military flight carrying 90 servicemen took off from Guam, in the far east. western Pacific, but never reached its destination in the Philippines. The plane did not issue a distress call and no debris was found. The crew of a Liberian oil tanker claimed to have seen an “extremely bright” light in the sky, which some believe may indicate the flight had exploded mid-air, but the aviation council US Civil ruled that “the probable cause of the incident could not be determined”, Time magazine reported.
Several planes disappeared between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda in the 1940s in mysteries that have become the focus of interest from conspiracy theorists and aviation historians alike. from that. Two British South American Airways passenger jets disappeared in the area in 1948 and 1949. Fifty-one passengers and crew went missing in two incidents, one involving a Star Tiger aircraft. and the other is the Star Ariel plane. In one official report About the Tiger incident, investigators said they were “perplexed” by the plane’s disappearance. Several other aircraft have disappeared in the area including five American bombers that disappeared in 1945, but despite air and sea searches, there is no trace of bodies or aircraft. which was found.
Air France Flight 447
In 2009, a flight from Rio De Janeiro to Paris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 228 passengers and crew. After a day of searching, debris was found and the plane’s parts, including the black boxes, were finally found. But the bodies of the 74 passengers were never found and it took three full years to conclude that the crash was caused by a combination of ice build-up, mechanical failure and pilot error.
Top gun accidents
Stunt pilot Art Scholl crashed and disappeared without a trace when his Pitt S-2 filming plane crashed during the filming of a scene for the Hollywood movie. Top Guns. Scholl purposely put the plane into a flat spin to shoot scenes for the movie, but the plane never recovered from maneuver and plunged into the ocean. Scholl’s last recorded words were: “I have a problem here,” LA Times reported. The film is dedicated to his memory.
Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra somewhere over the central Pacific in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Despite a multimillion-pound search effort, no trace of the plane has ever been found. Earhart was officially declared dead in 1939, but speculations about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance continue to this day.
EgyptAir flight MS804
EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed in the Mediterranean on May 19, with 66 people on board: 56 passengers, 7 crew and 3 security staff. It took almost a month for the wreckage to be found. The data recorder “confirmed the presence of smoke on board, while the recorder recorded conversation in the cockpit about the fire”, it said. BBC. In 2018, French civil aviation authorities said the most likely cause of the crash was a fire in the cockpit, which then spread quickly, “causing a loss of control of the aircraft”. But Egyptian authorities denied the finding, claiming instead that the plane had been bombed and that “explosive traces were found on the remains of the victims,” the report said. Guardians.
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