Saturday, a Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing virtually disappeared out of thin air.
Mysteriously enough, it’s now been several days since that Boeing 777 flight went missing, and the several groups searching for the plane still haven’t found any solid evidence of what happened.
What makes this case even stranger is that no distress signals were sent, according to the Associated Press, and the Washington Post says that plane may have even continued flying for hours after it last emitted a radio signal.
Many people presume the plane fell victim to something “very sudden and violent,” according to the Associated Press, with speculation being everything from terrorism to equipment failure.
While no country has yet to produce any solid evidence about what happened to the Boeing 777, let’s take some time and look back at some past aeronautical incidents that received a great deal of attention.
Air France 447
Almost five years ago- June 1, 2009-an Airbus A330 plane flown by Air France disappeared from radar. This plane was headed from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. However, unlike with the Malaysia Airlines flight, the Air France plane’s wreckage was recovered within five days in the Atlantic.
There were 228 casualties from this crash. Some of the wreckage was found within five days, but, according to a USA Today article, it took close to two years to find the plane’s black box since the plane crashed in such deep ocean waters.
Once the black box was finally recovered, French authorities blamed the crash on both mechanical and human error.
Egypt Air 990
On Halloween, Oct. 31, 1999, a Boeing 767 jetliner crashed, killing 217 passengers. The plan was en route from Los Angeles to Cairo with a stop in New York City, and it crashed outside of New England.
According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the crash was purposefully caused by one of the pilots. However, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority disagreed with this and concluded that the cause was mechanical failures.
Flying Tiger Line Flight 739
One plane that was never found apparently went down in March of 1962. This plane was a Lockheed Super Constellation. Although nothing was ever recovered, it is speculated that the plane crashed somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
This flight was going from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to Saigon, Vietnam. It was after a stop in Guam to refuel that the plane disappeared. In total,the plane 96 military personnel on board, as well as 11 crew members.
Some have called this the most thorough search ever for a downed plane, but all of that searching brought back no hard evidence. According to an Examiner article, some people still question if the plane could have went down as a result of it being sabotaged or even shot down.
Dana Air Flight 992
A little less than two years ago, a plane flown by Dana Air, a Nigerian company, crashed into a building in Lagos. There were 163 total casualties.
Nigeria’s official investigation on the crash ruled that it was the result of a forced landing due to the plane experiencing dial engine failure. According to the News-Chronicle, this was the second-deadliest plane crash on Nigerian soil, with the most deadliest being the Kano air disaster, a 1973 crash killing 173 people.