Taking into consideration the recent air plane disaster, how many major airline planes worldwide have completely disappeared or never been found, following air incidents?
#106034. Asked by skatharaki. (Jun 02 09 9:12 AM)
While numerous aircraft have disappeared without a trace, (The NTSB lists about 200 of them in the past 47 years, and those only affect U.S.-involved incidents) none can really qualify as being a "major commerical airline" or left zero traces at all. The vast majority were general aviation craft.|
The below link lists only major commerical aircraft accidents:
Several notable incidents include:
The Southern Cloud, which disappeared in Australia in 1931 and was undiscovered for 27 years;
A 1947 Andes crash that was not found until 2000;
A 1950 Northwest Orient flight crashed into Lake Michigan and although considerable debris was found, the aircraft itself has never been recovered;
A 1957 Pan Am liner went down between San Francisco and Hawaii, small bits of wreckage were recovered a week later by the Navy.
Incidents involving missing commercial flights, but not on major airlines, that have "vanished without a trace":|
Hawaii Clipper July 29, 1938 vanished between Guam and Manila:
Pacific Alaska Air Express vanished November 4, 1948 between Alaska and Seattle:
Airborne Transport vanished Dec 28, 1948 between San Juan and Miami:
Flying Tiger, which operated as a military passenger airline, vanished also between Guam and Manila March 15, 1962:
Kodiak Airways vanished Dec 11, 1974 between Old Harbor and Kodiak, Alaska:
I should add that those incidents above of "vanishing without a trace" were only from the CAB files so they only involve incidents involving U.S carriers or locations; the wiki link at the top lists all worldwide incidents, but again none of them qualify as having "never" been found.
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