A Malaysia Airlines jet, missing since Friday, is the latest in a long history of flight mysteries — some of which remain unsolved.
By NBC News
1). Amelia Earhart Disappears in Flight Record Attempt (1937)The fate of Amelia Earhart is an unsolved mystery that has fascinated aviation watchers for decades.
Earhart, who had already become the first woman pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, attempted to fly around the world with second navigator Fred Noonan in 1937. The pair and the Lockheed Model 10 Electra they were flying went missing over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Neither their bodies nor the aircraft were recovered, despite an extensive and costly search.
While many experts believe the Electra ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea, others speculated the pair made a crash landing on nearby Gardner Island and died there. But other wild theories about Earhart's fate in particular continue to swirl: She was a U.S. spy, she was captured and killed by the Japanese, she survived and moved to New Jersey under an assumed name, she and Noonan eloped to escape her fame, and she was even abducted by aliens.
2). Flight 19 (1945)On December 5, 1945, five Navy torpedo bombers took off from Florida on a training mission known as Flight 19. The five planes and the 14 crew members they held disappeared and were never fully recovered. A rescue plane sent to search for the Flight 19 members also went missing with its 13-man crew, assumed to have exploded in the air.
Flight 19 became one of the earliest tragedies linked to reports of supernatural events and plane disappearances in the "Bermuda Triangle" region. . . .
3). BSAA Avro Lancastrian Star Dust (1947)This British South American Airways flight vanished in the Andes during a snowstorm on August 2, 1947. There was no sign of the aircraft, which was traveling to Chile from Buenos Aires, or its 11 passengers for more than 50 years. Finally, in January 2000, climbers found part of the wreckage and the occupants' remains on Mount Tupungato on the Argentina-Chile border. Argentinian officials examined the crash site and concluded that severe weather was to blame — and not the pilot, who had been accused of negligence in earlier reports.
That revelation, half a century later, explained why the plane likely crashed. But it didn't solve one of the oddest parts of the mystery . . ..
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