With the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over a month ago people are looking for answers, and thehope for its discovery is dwindling as time progresses. The disappearance of the flight has left many puzzled and suspicious, but this certainly isn’t the first time an aircraft has disappeared without a trace. Here are five more  flights whose disappearances remain a mystery today.

Amelia Earheart

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During her attempt to become the first female to circumnavigate the globe by flight in 1937, Earheart and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

Flight 19

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On December 5th, 1945, five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle. All five planes and all fourteen men on-board vanished without a trace, and no wreckage has been found since. Flight 19 undoubtedly contributed to the mystery and suspicious symbolism regarding the Bermuda Triangle.

Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

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Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 was a propliner that chartered 96 American soldiers from California to Saigon, Vietnam in 1962. The aircraft disappeared after it departed from a stopover in the Philippines, and was never recovered.

Star Tiger and Star Ariel

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The Star Tiger vanished over the Bermuda Triangle on January 30th, 1948 on its way from Santa Maria to Bermuda. The plane experienced extreme weather conditions, and experts believe it was forced to crash land in choppy waters. Just a year later, on January 17th, 1949, the Star Ariel disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on a flight between Bermuda and Jamaica.

Stolen Boeing 727-223

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A decommissioned Boeing 727-223 inexplicably began taxiing down a runway in Luanda, Angola. The plane took off without any clearance, and was never seen from or heard from again. It is suspected that Ben Charles Padilla, a pilot and aviation engineer, stole the plane. However, any trace of the plane or Padilla is yet to be discovered.


Tucker is a junior at Fordham University studying Political Science and Art History. He enjoys food, historical nonfiction, and Netflix marathons.

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