Unfinished Flight: The Most Shocking Disappearances of Mystery Planes in the Sky
Missing Without a Trace
The world’s safest transport, the airplane, is often associated with frightening stories of crashes and missing persons. Our “Naturalworldisasters” blog has collected for you the most interesting cases connected with such mystery planes disappearing with passengers and crew, leaving only a few pieces of hull.
Malaysia Airlines MH370
It was a routine scheduled passenger flight, connecting Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. On March 8, 2014, a Boeing airliner broke away from the runway and disappeared into the sky over the South China Sea 40 minutes after takeoff. There were 239 people on board. The circumstances remain unclear. The plane gained altitude, took the echelon set by the air traffic controller, and continued on its route. Later, the devices on the plane turned off, transmitting information about the plane’s location. The Boeing disappeared from the air traffic control locators at an altitude of more than 10 thousand meters.
The Disappearance of the Flying Tiger Flight 739
The plane crash of the U.S. airline Flying Tiger in 1962 is considered the largest plane disappearance in terms of the number of people in the 20th century. There were 107 people aboard, the plane was flying from the Mariana Islands to the Philippines. During the flight, the pilot contacted the International Flight Center and, without explanation, requested an increase in cruising altitude. After a while, interference was heard, as if someone was trying to reach him, but the dispatcher could not understand a word. After that, the connection was lost forever.
Stendec: Encrypted Message
In August 1947, a British Avro Lancastrian plane named Star Dust, with six passengers on board, left Buenos Aires and headed for Sañago. When the aircraft was passing the halfway point, the radio operator confirmed to the air traffic controller that the flight was going well and that they would arrive in Sáñago as scheduled at 5:45 p.m. But seconds later another Morse code message came from aboard: “stendec”. Thereafter, StarDust stopped communicating with the control tower. It never landed in the Chilean airport.
The Lady Be Good Tragedy
The Lady Be Good is a warplane that disappeared without a trace during World War II on its first combat sortie. The plane and its 9 crew members were en route back to base after the bombing of Naples in 1943 but never made it to their deployment site. More than 10 years later, the wreckage of the plane was accidentally discovered 500 miles offshore in the Libyan desert.
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 Crash
Almost 50 years ago there was a plane crash over the Andes: a passenger airliner crashed into an unnamed peak and collapsed. The whole world considered it a tragedy that took the lives of all the passengers. But later it turned out that most of them had survived by enduring the harsh elements through sheer courage and persistence. Sadly, in order to survive they had to go against their moral code and resort to cannibalism, meaning not all of them could
The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly across the Atlantic. She tragically disappeared near the Pacific island of Howland, Oceania, on July 2, 1937, while attempting a round-the-world flight. Communication with Earhart was cut off as she approached the island, and although observers said her Lockheed Electra was about to emerge from the horizon, no one has seen her after.
Air France Flight 447
The plane crash over the Atlantic on June 1, 2009, was the biggest catastrophe in the 75-year history of Air France. The airliner, flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared during a storm in the Atlantic. There were 228 people from 32 countries on board. No one survived the crash. The wreckage of the plane was found after a long search on the ocean floor only in 2011.
Indian Air Force Crash
A Jaguar fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in India. The incident occurred on January 28, 2019, near the city of Kushinagar in the north of the country. The circumstances of the plane crash are still unknown.It is clarified that the crash occurred during a training flight, which the fighter jet was performing from the air force base in the city of Gorakhpur.
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