Malaysian Airline flight MH370 and other planes that took off and disappeared

Air travel has always been considered the best, the fast, and safest mode of travel. This is because before a plane takes off there certain regulations and air travel support controlling that. Planes do not just take off it has to be flagged off after meeting all the standards.

Despite all the steps and criteria followed planes have crushed leading to loss of life. And apart from crushes some planes have disappeared and have never been found.

Here is a list of planes that took off but never landed and have never been found.

Cargo plane carrying art

A cargo plane belonging to Varig Brazilian Airlines disappeared in January 1979 just 30 minutes after it took off from Narita International Airport in Tokyo.

Adding to the mystery of the plane’s disappearance, on board were 153 paintings valued at more than $1.2m (£700,000). Neither the plane, its crew nor the paintings have been seen since.

Malaysia Airline flight MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 carrying 239 people is one of the world’s greatest plane disappearances that’s still talked about today.

The aircraft vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8th, 2014. Rescuers spent months scouting the seabed and the southern Indian Ocean but search efforts were eventually halted.

Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

One of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history is what happened to the Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 in 1962.

The US military flight was carrying 90 military personnel who took off from Guam, in the western Pacific but never arrived at its destination in the Philippines. The plane issued no distress call and no wreckage has ever been found.

Indian Air Force Plane Crash

An Antonov An-32 twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force disappeared with 29 people on board while flying over the Bay of Bengal in July 2016.

The aircraft was en route from the Tambaram Air Force Station to Port Blair.

The search and rescue operation became India’s largest search operation for a missing plane on the sea in history, involving submarines, surface vessels, and aircraft.

The mission was called off in September 2016 after failure to locate any wreckage.

Lady Be Good

A US Army Air Corps B-24D named Lady Be Good was part of a bombing raid on Italy on April 4th, 1943.

It was the only plane of the mission that did not return to its base in Libya. Officials assumed the plane went down in the Mediterranean Sea.

Bermuda triangle

Several planes disappeared in the region between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda in the 1940s. There have been mysteries surrounding the Bermuda triangle from aeronautical historians and theorists.

Two British South American Airways passenger jets vanished in the area in 1948 and 1949. Fifty-one passengers and crew were lost in the two incidents, one involving a Star Tiger plane and the other a Star Ariel plane.

In an official statement into the Tiger incident, investigators said they were “baffled” by the aircraft’s disappearance. The Bermuda triangle has led to other planes disappearing in the region including five US bombers that vanished in 1945.

Massive air and sea searches have been conducted but, no trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever 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 the wreckage and parts of the plane, including the black boxes, were eventually recovered. But the bodies of 74 passengers were never located.

It was after three full years that it was concluded that the crash had been caused by a combination of ice build-up, mechanical failure, and pilot error.


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Amelia Earhart Lockheed Model 10 -E Electra

The lady pilot Amelia Earhart’s plane disappearance continues to be one of the most talked-about missing plane mysteries in history. On July 2, 1937, the world-famous American aviator and her partner, Fred Noonan, disappeared in her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.

The two took off from Lae, Papua New Guinea, with the goal of flying around the world. their last contact was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean and were declared missing the same day.

Search operations were conducted by ships and aircraft from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard scoured more than 640,000 square kilometers of ocean, but Earhart and Noonan were nowhere to be found.

Official reports conclude they ran out of fuel, crashed into the Pacific, and drowned and their bodies were never found.