Two years have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, but the fate of the aircraft is still unknown. Following the mystery of the Malaysian aircraft that entered the Guinness Book of world records, we gathered some similar aviation mysteries from the past

Vered Talala | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida

In a world in which radar systems can identify objects thousands of kilometers away and with hundreds of satellites watching almost every point on the globe, the probability of an aircraft disappearing and not being found for days is very low. However, sadly, there are a few aviation mysteries which match this scenario.

The mystery that awed the world, the aircraft that didn’t arrive at its destination, is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which took off from Kuala Lumpur in March 2014 with 239 passengers and flight crew. Two years have passed and the aircraft and its passengers’ fate is still unknown.

Late in July 2015, a small amount of remains from the aircraft were found after being washed onto the shore of Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. The comprehensive searches and conspiracy theories were all unsuccessful and did not bring up any leads.

Aviation Mysteries

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“People keep flying despite aviation mysteries”
Man has always tried to conquer the air, but has yet to achieve complete control of the kingdom of the sky. The world of aviation is no stranger to mysterious events across the years, some that even took the lives of many people and aircraft. Aviation experts and researchers have speculated about the disappearance of the aircraft and some have even provided evidence to back their speculations, but most cases have remained mysteries.

“The mysterious cases that have occurred across the years in the world of aviation have not influenced public opinion. People haven’t stopped flying, and there is no reason for them to do so”, said Meir Cohen, an expert on aviation and space. “Regrettably, disasters happen all the time. You can compare them to traffic accidents, there are many, but people don’t stop driving”.

Flight 370 isn’t the first case in which an airliner vanished without a trace. It also isn’t the first time that an aerial crash resulted in conspiracy theories trying to answer the
questions the cases raises. Here are three similar mysteries from the past.

Amelia Earhart: the circumstances have remained a mystery
Amelia Earhart became known as the first women to cross the Atlantic in solo flight. She set many more aviation records and wrote many books about her experiences which later became best sellers. In 1937, during an attempt to encircle the globe by plane, she vanished under unclear circumstances in the skies of the Pacific Ocean. Earhart was declared dead in early 1939, but the circumstances of her disappearance have remained unclear since.

Many researchers believe that she ran out of fuel and was forced to abandon her aircraft at sea. Opposing, there are those who claim that Earhart and Fred Goerner, her navigator, accidently arrived at Gardner Island, landed there and eventually starved to death. Another theory raises the possibility that the two returned to the U.S under new names.

Aviation Mysteries

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Where is Steve Fosset?
Steve Fosset was known as an adventurer and over the years set no less than 115 world records in different fields. In 2002, he became the first person to single handedly encircle the globe in a hot-air balloon, after five failed attempts. In early September 2007 he took off in a light aircraft from a private airport in Nevada and his trail has been lost since. About six months later, the U.S court ruled that Fosset was no longer alive, based on expert evaluations that determined that the aircraft was completely destroyed in an aerial accident. The U.S Road Safety Authority continues to investigate the case.

Aviation Mysteries

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What’s behind the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?
The Bermuda Triangle is one of the greatest mysteries in the world of aviation. This is a nickname for an area near Florida in the Pacific Ocean, in which intensive aerial and naval activity from all over the world takes place. Many ships and aircraft have disappeared in this area.

Following the publishing of a book by the name of “The Bermuda Triangle” by the supernatural author Charles Berlitz in 1947, the area received the myth now linked to its name. The supernatural author writes in his book about different naval vessels that disappeared in the area and focuses on the story of “Flight 19”, in which five American bombers that flew together over the triangle vanished in 1945.

As a result of the large number of accidents in this area, there are some who claim that a mysterious force in the area causes the disappearances of aircraft and naval vessels that travel through it. Conversely, the U.S Coast Guard canceled out the claims and claimed that the number of accidents is not unusual given the volume of aerial and naval movement in the area.

Aviation Mysteries