Friday, July 31, 2015
Events surrounding the disappearance and possible crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are not yet clear. So following the curiosity here we present 10 mysterious disappearance of planes in world history happened before.
10. 20-year old Australian pilot Frederick Valentich was flying Cessna 182L light aircraft over Bass Strait in Australia on 21 October 1978. He advised Melbourne air traffic control he was being accompanied by an UFO above him. No trace of Valentich or his aircraft was ever found.
9. In 2003 a Boeing 727 vanished in the Angolan capital of Luanda. The plane was stolen from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola on May 25, 2003. A massive worldwide search prompted by the FBI and CIA. The plane has not been heard from since.
8. Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 was operating its daily transcontinental service between New York City and Seattle when it disappeared on the night of June 23, 1950 over Lake Michigan. A widespread search was commenced including using sonar and dragging the bottom of Lake Michigan with trawlers, but to no avail.
7. Sir Ian Mackintosh, a Scottish naval officer was flying a light aircraft along with two others in July 1979. He disappeared over the Gulf of Alaska sending out a distress signal which was picked up by the United States Coast Guard. The plane's last-known position was searched, but no wreckage of the plane was ever found and its passengers have not been heard from since.
6. On April 17, 1938, pilot Andrew Carnegie Whitfield prepared to make a quick 15-minute flight from New York to New Jersey. His plane vanished mid-flight. Then the mystery became bizarre. It was discovered that Whitfield had checked into a hotel on Long Island under a false name. He left all of his belongings behind at that hotel. There was no further contact, and the mystery remains unsolved.
5. Lieutenant Moncla and Wilson were ordered to fly out, when the radar station at Kinross AFB near Lake Superior noticed an unidentified blip in their airspace on November 23, 1953. The ground crew Kinross's radar operators watched Moncla and Wilson's blip approach the foreign object, merged with it into one single blip, and then vanish off the radar screen. An exhaustive search took place but nothing was ever found
4. On September 2, 1983, George Cogar, five others and the pilot were on board a plane headed from Vancouver Island to a hunting lodge in Smithers, Canada. The plane disappeared, presumably over British Columbia, Canada. No trace of the plane or its occupants was ever found. At the time, it was the largest coordinated search in Canadian history and cost nearly $1 million.
3. On 30th January 1948, a British South American Airways passenger aircraft 'Star Tiger' flight took off in strong winds with 25 passengers accompanied by a Lancastrian plane to keep a lookout for bad weather. The lookout plane arrived safely after their 12 hour journey but Star Tiger disappeared without a trace over the Atlantic Ocean remains unsolved to this day.
2. On December 5th, 1945, five U.S. Navy Avenger planes known as Flight 19 disappeared off the Florida coast during a training mission. A search aircraft sent to look for Flight 19 on the same day also disappeared. None of the plane has not been seen or heard from since.
1. Amelia Earhart, the American aviation pioneer disappeared near Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean with her navigator, Fred Noonan with a Lockheed Electra plane while circumnavigating the globe on July 2nd 1937. Ever since it is a mystery.
source: FACT BITS