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17 Airplanes that Disappeared Mysteriously.

17 Airplanes that Disappeared Mysteriously.

This is a list of aircraft, aviators or air passengers who have disappeared in flight for reasons that have never been definitely determined, particularly in cases where the structure of the aircraft or body of the person has never been recovered.


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10 January 1928,  first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand

Lieutenant John Moncrieff and Captain George Hood were two New Zealanders who vanished on 10 January 1928 while attempting the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. Radio signals were received from their aircraft for 12 hours after their departure from Sydney, but despite a number of purported sightings in New Zealand, and many land searches in the intervening years, no trace of the aviators or their aircraft has ever been found.

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 4 October 1945 , The Lancaster PA278 disappearance involved Avro Lancaster Mk.

The Avro Lancaster Mk.I PA278 “F for Freddie” that was flown by No. 103 Squadron RAF (103 Sqn) of Bomber Command shortly after the Second World War disappeared was the subject of the Lancaster PA278 phenomenon.

This was the greatest loss of female British and Commonwealth service personnel from World War II when it vanished over the Mediterranean, most likely close to Corsica, on October 4, 1945, along with its crew of six airmen and nineteen female service personnel.

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1 august 1948, Latecoere 631

All 52 passengers on board died when the aircraft vanished over the Atlantic Ocean on August 1, 1948. It had supposedly crashed for an unknown reason in the Atlantic Ocean while travelling from Martinique to Mauritania.


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28 December 1948, Douglas DSTairliner

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On the evening of December 28, 1948, a Douglas DSTairliner, registered NC16002, vanished just before the scheduled departure from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami, Florida. Three crew members and 29 passengers were on board the aircraft. The official investigation found no probable cause for the loss, so it is still unsolved.

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A potential clue to the plane’s disappearance was discovered from the paperwork gathered by the Civil Aeronautics Board investigation, although it was hardly mentioned by the Triangle writers: the plane’s batteries were examined and found to be low on charge, but the pilot ordered them back into the aircraft while it was in San Juan. It will never be known if this resulted in a total electrical failure. This theory is not very compelling, though, because piston-engined aircraft use magnetos rather than battery-powered ignition coil systems to supply spark to their cylinders.

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26 January 1950, the Douglas C-54 Skymaster 

The Douglas C-54 Skymaster, registered 42-72469, vanished on January 26, 1950, while travelling from Alaska to Montana, carrying forty-four passengers.The aircraft was last heard from by radio two hours into its eight-hour flight; in spite of one of the most extensive US military rescue operations, the aircraft has never been located. It is regarded as one of the biggest disappearances of US military personnel in history.


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The 1951 Atlantic C-124 disappearance involved a Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

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A United States Air Force Douglas C-124 Globemaster II went missing on March 23, 1951, off the coast of Shannon, Ireland, in the Atlantic Ocean due to an in-flight fire. This incident is known as the 1951 Atlantic C-124 disappearance. The aircraft and its occupants disappeared when would-be rescuers arrived on the scene, despite the successful ditching and evacuation that followed. The 53 passengers were thought to be dead because they were never found.

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Canadian Pacific Douglas DC-4 disappearance occurred on the 21 July 1951

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The Canadian Pacific in 1951 The Douglas DC-4 disappearance happened on July 21, 1951, during a scheduled flight for the United Nations from Vancouver, Canada, to Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft was a Douglas DC-4 four-engined piston airliner registered CF-CPC of Canadian Pacific Air Lines. Six crew members and 31 passengers have not been located, nor has the aircraft.

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  2 February 1953, Skyways Avro York

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On February 2, 1953, an Avro York four-engined piston airliner registered G-AHFA of Skyways Limited vanished over the North Atlantic while it was travelling from the United Kingdom to Jamaica. This incident is known as the 1953 Skyways Avro York disappearance. Thirteen children were among the 39 passengers on the aircraft.


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10 October 1956, Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster. 

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The United States Navy’s Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster (BuNo 131588) vanished over the Atlantic Ocean on October 10, 1956, taking all 59 lives with it. This incident is known as the 1956 Atlantic R6D-1 disappearance. It was the second-deadliest air incident involving any Douglas DC-6 variant at the time, as well as the second-worst air incident to have happened over the Atlantic.

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10 March 1956,  Boeing B-47 Stratojet took off from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

On March 10, 1956, a B-47 went missing over the Mediterranean Sea.A Boeing B-47 Stratojet successfully completed the first aerial refuelling on a non-stop flight to Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco, departing from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, in the United States.

The B-47E serial number 52-534 failed to make contact with its tanker at 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) after descending through solid cloud to start the second refuelling.A nuclear detonation was not possible because the unarmed aircraft was transporting two capsules containing material for nuclear weapons in carrying cases. The crash site has never been located, and no debris has ever been discovered despite a thorough search.

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The Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

There were 107 passengers on board the aircraft when it vanished from sight on March 15, 1962. That was a military transport flight, designated Lockheed Constellation L-1049H. It was believed that a mid-air explosion caused the crash, as its last known location was the Western Pacific Ocean.


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12 October 1974,  typhoon beds WC- 130

Typhoon beds for 1974: WC-130, Swan 38 On October 12, 1974, after 22:00, radio contact with Swan 38 was lost, possibly while the aircraft was approaching the typhoon’s eye to make a second position fix during its alpha pattern.

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With the exception of a few pieces of debris, search teams were unable to find the aircraft or its crew and there were no radio transmissions indicating an emergency on board. It was stated that all six crew members were missing and thought to be dead.


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21 October 1978.training flight in a Cessna 182L

On Saturday, October 21, 1978, Frederick Valentich, then twenty years old, vanished during a 125-mile (235-kilometer) training flight in a Cessna 182L light aircraft over Bass Strait in Australia.

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Known as a “flying saucer enthusiast,” Valentich reported via radio to Melbourne air traffic control that an aircraft was following him at a height of approximately 1,000 feet (300 metres) and that his engine had started to run erratically. Ultimately, he concluded by saying, “It’s not an aircraft.”

The Department of Transport was sceptical that a UFO was the reason behind Valentich’s disappearance, according to the Associated Press, which also noted that some of their officials surmised that “Valentich got disoriented and saw his own lights reflected in the water, or lights from a nearby island, while flying upside down.” These reports of a UFO sighting on the night of the disappearance were made belatedly in Australia.

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14
The 1979 Varig Boeing 707-323C

On January 30, 1979, Varig Brazilian Airlines’ Boeing 707-323C cargo plane vanished while it was travelling from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport, with a stopover at Los Angeles International Airport. The six crew members and the aircraft have not been located.


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25 August 1989, Pakistan International Airlines Flight 404

On August 25, 1989, Pakistan International Airlines Flight 404—a Fokker F27 Friendship—vanished soon after takeoff. Pakistan International Airlines launched a domestic scheduled passenger flight at 07:36 from Gilgit, in the country’s north, to Islamabad, the country’s capital. At 07:40, one of the aircraft’s pilots made a routine radio call; this was the last time the aircraft was in contact. Though the wreckage has never been located, it is believed that the aircraft crashed in the Himalayas.

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March 2014,  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370)[b], a scheduled international passenger flight, vanished while it was travelling from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The aircraft was over the South China Sea less than an hour after takeoff when it last made voice contact with air traffic control on March 8 at 01:19 MYT (17:19 UTC, March 7).

It vanished from the radar screens of the air traffic controllers at 01:22 MYT. As the plane veered off course and crossed the Malay Peninsula to the west, Malaysian military radar kept track of it. At 02:22, while over the Andaman Sea, 200 nautical miles (370 km) north-west of Penang in northwest Malaysia, it departed the range of Malaysian military radar. The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft was carrying 227 passengers from 15 different countries along with 12 Malaysian crew members.

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After the aircraft’s signal was last picked up by secondary surveillance radar in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, a global search and rescue operation quickly expanded to include the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca. The flight continued until at least 08:19 and flew south into the southern Indian Ocean, according to an analysis of satellite communications between the aircraft and Inmarsat’s satellite communications network, though the exact location is unknown.

On March 17, Australia assumed command of the search and shifted it to the southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysian government declared on March 24 that “Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” citing the fact that the final location ascertained by the satellite communication is remote from any potential landing sites.The majority of the aircraft has not yet been found, despite the discovery of numerous more tiny pieces of debris, which has led to the creation of numerous theories regarding its disappearance.

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22 July 2016, an Antonov An-32twin engine

An Indian Air Force Antonov An-32 twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft vanished on July 22, 2016, while over the Bay of Bengal. The plane was travelling to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai, which is located on the western coast of the Bay of Bengal. There were 29 passengers on the ship. About 280 kilometres (170 miles) east of Chennai, at 9:12 am, radar contact with the aircraft was lost.



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Singapore Airlines emergency landing after severe turbulence

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 Aircraft lands at Singapore Changi Airport (Incident aircraft not pictured)

One passenger passed on, while dozens of passengers were injured when a Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-300ER aircraft experienced severe turbulence while en route to Singapore from London Heathrow Airport. The aircraft diverted to Bangkok, and landed at 3:45pm Local time on 21 May 2024 

The flight landed with 211 Passengers and 11 Crew members at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. According to the Airport Director Kittipong Kittikachorn at a news conference, there were 7 passengers who suffered serious injuries, while a number of other passengers suffered injuries of varying seriousness.

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It was also confirmed that the passenger who passed on was a 73 year old British Man. In a statement from Singapore Airlines ‘ As of 0505 hours Singapore Time on 22 May 2024, 79 passengers and 6 crew members from SQ321 remain in Bangkok’. In another statement, it was reported that a relief flight with 143 passengers and crew members arrived in Singapore at 0505 hours Singapore time on 22 May 2024.

According to aircraft tracking site FlightRadar24, the 16 Year Old Boeing B777-300ER aircraft descended sharply from 37,000 feet to 31,000 feet in a short time. It was also further reported by FlightRadar24 that the descent was commanded by Autopilot, instead of being caused by turbulence.

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Shortly afterwards, the pilot declared an emergency by squeaking 7700 on the transponder, indicating an emergency situation onboard the aircraft. The Boeing 777 aircraft then diverted to Bangkok, instead of continuing on its planned journey to Singapore. 

In view of this incident, Singapore Airlines mentioned in a statement that they are working with the relevant authorities on the investigation into this incident.

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The National Transportation Safety Board, a US Government investigative agency for civil aviation incidents, is sending an accredited representative and 4 technical advisors to support the investigation by Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB). TSIB mentioned in a statement that it ‘is in touch with its Thai counterparts and will be deploying investigators to Bangkok’. 

Boeing, the manufacturer of the Boeing B777 aircraft mentioned in a statement that they are in contact with Singapore Airlines regarding the ill-fated flight, and ‘stand ready to support them’. 

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This situation is developing, more details will be added when they become available. 

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Top 5 light helicopter under 3 million

Top 5 light helicopter under 3 million

In the realm of aviation, helicopters represent a unique blend of agility, versatility, and accessibility. For many, the allure of piloting a helicopter is irresistible, whether for recreational flying, aerial photography, or even business transportation.

However, for those looking to invest in their own rotorcraft, affordability is often a crucial consideration. With a budget of under $3 million, prospective buyers are presented with a range of options, each offering its own blend of performance, features, and value.

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In this Video, we’ll explore the top five light helicopters available on the market, all priced under $3 million.

1. Robinson R44 Raven: The Robinson R44 Raven is a popular and versatile light helicopter known for its reliability. It typically accommodates four passengers and a pilot. It boasts a cruise speed of around 130 knots (150 mph) and a range of approximately 300 nautical miles. It starts at around $400,000 to $500,000. The R44 Raven is often used for various applications, including private transportation, aerial photography, and training due to its agility and affordability in the light helicopter category.

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2.MD530F: The MD530F, also from MD Helicopters, is a compact and nimble helicopter known for its agility and maneuverability. It’s often used in law enforcement and military applications. It typically falls within the price range of $2.5 million,depending on factors such as configuration, optional features, and market conditions. It is equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250-C30 engine, delivering 650 shaft horsepower. With a cruise speed of approximately 110 knots (126 mph) and a range of around 260 nautical miles, the MD530F is well-suited for tasks requiring precision flying, such as reconnaissance and patrol missions.

3. Bell 206 Jet Ranger: a renowned light utility helicopter, is esteemed for its compact design and exceptional maneuverability. Widely utilized in law enforcement, military, and civilian roles, it offers versatility across various missions. Typically priced around $1.2 million to $1.5 million, the cost may vary based on configuration, optional features, and market conditions. Powered by a Allison 250-C20j turboshaft engine, the Bell 206 Jet Ranger boasts 420 shaft horsepower, facilitating a cruise speed of approximately 112 knots (129 mph) and a range of about 374 nautical miles.

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4. Leonardo AW109 Power: renowned for its versatility and performance, is another compact and agile helicopter highly regarded in both civilian and military circles. It is often utilized in law enforcement, emergency medical services, corporate transport, and various other missions. Priced at approximately $3 million. Powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206C engines, the AW109 Power boasts impressive capabilities with a cruise speed of approximately 154 knots (177 mph) and a range of up to 565 kilometers, making it suitable for missions requiring swift and efficient transportation over moderate distances.

Equipped with advanced avionics and spacious cabin accommodations, the AW109 Power provides a comfortable and safe flying experience for both pilots and passengers.

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5. Airbus H125: formerly known as the AS350 B3e, is a versatile and reliable helicopter renowned for its performance and adaptability. It is widely used across various industries, including law enforcement, emergency medical services, and aerial work. With a price typically ranging from $2.5 million, the cost can vary based on specific configurations, optional features.

Powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine, the H125 boasts robust performance, delivering approximately 847 shaft horsepower. Its cruise speed reaches around 133 knots (153 mph), offering swift and efficient transportation. The H125 also features a commendable range of approximately 357 nautical miles, making it suitable for extended missions or long-distance flights.

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American Airlines Letter Sparks Outrage Over Flight Attendant Salary

American Airlines Launches 8 New Winter Routes to Latin America &Caribbean

An employment letter from American Airlines (AAL) has ignited a firestorm of controversy across social media platforms, shedding light on the stark reality of flight attendant salaries in the aviation industry.

Shared on Reddit and authenticated by the union representing American Airlines employees, the letter has drawn widespread attention for its revelation of starting salaries barely surpassing federal poverty levels.

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The actual letter AA gives new FAs when they move to NYC, Miami, Boston, Dallas etc.
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Detailing the compensation package for new flight attendants, the letter discloses an hourly rate of $30.35 per flight hour, translating to an annual salary projection of $27,315 before incentives and taxes. This figure, notably below the poverty threshold for both individual and two-person households in 2024, has sparked outrage and disbelief among readers.

What further compounds the issue is the disclosure that flight attendants typically work between 65 to 85 flight hours each month, supplemented by an additional 50 hours dedicated to aircraft preparation before takeoff and after landing—tasks for which they receive no compensation.

This revelation underscores the significant gap between the demanding workload of flight attendants and the meager financial rewards they receive in return. The letter, designed for use in dealings with landlords and other service providers as proof of income, closes with a plea for understanding: “any courtesy you can provide would be appreciated.”

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This poignant appeal highlights the financial strain faced by many flight attendants who struggle to make ends meet on their current salaries. In response to these revelations, American Airlines flight attendants are mobilizing for action.

With negotiations underway for a new contract with the airline, which includes demands for higher pay, they are urging the White House to authorize their right to strike after a 30-day cooling-off period.

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