While the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is still under investigation for it’s disappearance, we round up some of the strangest aircraft related disappearances in history.
The disappearance of 5 TBH Avenger torpedo Bombers started the legend of the Bermuda Triangle on 5 December 1945, during a training flight led by experienced flight instructor Charles Taylor.
An hour and a half into the mission, pilots reported that they had become disorientated and couldn’t recognise the landmarks below them.
As the weather deteriorated, they couldn’t find landfall and ditched into the sea, with the deaths of all 14 airmen and crew. Weirder still, one of the planes sent out to look for the lost training mission also disappeared.
Arguably the most famous of all plane disappearances, Amelia Earhart disappeared in her Lockheed Electra plane on July 2nd 1937, while she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were trying to circumnavigate the globe.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic disappeared near Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean.
Her disappearance is still a mystery, though some might speculate that she just crashed into sea. Some even say that she survived a plane crash and changed her identity. Some others even mention alien abduction!
But whatever the reason of her disappearance, the pioneering American aviator is still remembered as a historic hero.
THE MYSTERIOUS MORSE CODE
British South American Airways (BSAA) aircraft Star Dust, piloted by Reginald Cook, a distinguished air force pilot, left Buenos Aires at 1.46pm on August 2nd, 1947 and headed over the Andes mountains but it disappeared during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile.
The plane never reached its destination, but the radio operator managed to send out one final cryptic morse code message, reading “STENDEC” before it disappeared.
The Star Dust wasn’t discovered until 50 years later, when two Argentine mountaineers found fragments of the engine and shreds of clothing.
THE ANDES DISASTER
A Urugruayan Air Force plane, carrying 45 people including a Rugby Union team crashed into the Andes. It might not be a disappearance but the incident was a spectacularly interesting one because the 16 remaining survivors only survived by resorting to cannibalism, feeding on the corpses of their dead friends.
They were not found until 72 days after the crash, when two passengers made a ten-day trek across mountainous terrain, eventually finding a Chilean travelling salesman who gave them food and alerted authorities.