One Year ago this weekend Malaysian Airlines flight 370 vanished into thin air.
Here are some other flights that mysteriously vanished and were never found;
Perhaps the most famous missing pilot in history, Amelia Earhart vanished over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island in 1937 during an attempt to become the first female to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Though some clues have emerged over the years, and theories abound, Earhart’s plane has yet to be found.
Stolen Boeing 727-223 Angola Plane On May 25, 2003, a decommissioned Boeing 727-223 plane mysteriously began taxiing down a runway at the Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, Angola. It took off without clearance, and disappeared into the sky, never to be seen or heard from again. It is believed that at least one man was on the plane at the time of its departure: Ben Charles Padilla, an aviation engineer and pilot. His motive for stealing the plane, if indeed he intended to steal it, remains a mystery. No trace of the plane or Padilla have ever been found.
1950: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501
Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 is likely resting at the bottom of Lake Michigan, but good luck finding it. Divers 60 years ago turned up light debris, upholstery and a few body parts, but they were never able to locate the plane’s wreckage following what was, at the time, the deadliest commercial airliner accident in American history. Fifty-five passengers and three crewmembers are believed to have died aboard the DC-4 propliner as it traveled from New York to Seattle via Minneapolis. A local historianclaimed in 2008 that many of the human remains from the accident washed ashore in the 1950s and were buried in an unmarked grave in a St. Joseph-area cemetery without the knowledge of the victims’ families.
1965: Fuerza Aérea Argentina C-54
Did it disappear in the dense Costa Rican jungle or the azure Caribbean Sea? That’s the as-yet unsolved mystery behind Fuerza Aérea Argentina C-54, a Douglas C-54 Skymaster leased by the Argentine military that disappeared with 68 people onboard on Nov. 1, 1965. Crew radioed in a distress call, stating they would divert to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, but nothing more was heard from the flight. Investigators later recovered 25 lifebuoys, personal belongings and some wreckage in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, but the exact location of the airplane and its passengers remains unk
1995: Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 6715
Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 6715 went missing on a scheduled flight from Bima Airport to Satartacik Airport, Ruteng, Indonesia, on Jan. 10, 1995. The four crew and 10 passengers aboard the Twin Otter 300 are believed to have crashed in the Molo Strait in bad weather, but investigators were never able to find the plane or its occupants.
2003: Boeing 727-223
A former American Airlines Boeing 727 -223 departed from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, Angola, 11 years ago with its lights off and its transponder malfunctioning. That plane has yet to be found, despite a worldwide search by the FBI and CIA. Investigators believe flight engineer and private pilot Ben Charles Padilla was in the cockpit of the plane when it took off. His whereabouts remain a mystery.