Since 1948 there have been 83 aircraft, including MH370, that have disappeared without a trace.
As the relatives and aircraft industry urges another search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 the number of aircraft that are missing is sobering.
According to website aviation-safety.net, 26 of the missing aircraft are passenger, 19 freighters, 19 military, 19 ferry flights and 10 others.
Aviation-safety.net says 59 were lost at sea and 25 on land – either in jungles or in mountains.
In WW11 literally, thousands of aircraft went missing with some still being found today, particularly during freak low tides.
It is interesting to note a large number of flights that have been lost in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle.
However, the reality is that the area is a hurricane and thunderstorm hotspot and many of the aircraft lost were suspected of drug and gun running.
Missing aircraft have a special meaning for AirlineRatings.com editor Jerome Greer Chandler who lost his stepfather when the plane he was piloting disappeared on March 15, 1962.
Jerry takes up the tragic story;
“It just evaporated. To this day, just what happened to it is unknown, but speculation is rife – speculation fueled by the eyewitness report of those aboard a tanker who witnessed the craft’s destruction.”
March 15, 1962 a Flying Tiger Line L1049H Super Constellation, bound from Agana Naval Air Station in Guam to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines simply ceased to exist. N 6921C, Flying Tiger Flight 739/14, disappeared at 13º13’ North Latitude, 140º00’ East Longitude – over an all but bottomless patch of the Pacific, an abyss called the Mariana Trench. This deepest of all depressions in the Earth’s crust is an astonishing 6.78 miles deep – this compared to the relatively shallow 300-feet or so along MH370’s original projected flight path.
“In all probability, it’s the virtually bottomless depths of the Pacific that entomb the remains of “21 Charlie,” the call sign of the Flying Tiger Connie.
“21 Charlie, operating as a charter flight for the Military Air Transport Service, was ferrying American Army personnel from Travis Air Force Base, California to Saigon, to a country we once called South Vietnam. There were 107 people on board that airplane.”
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