Friday, July 31, 2015

Plane debris that could possibly be linked to missing flight MH370 has been
discovered washed up on the beach of a remote island in the Indian Ocean,
officials revealed on Wednesday.
The component found is believed to be the flaperon from a Boeing 777, the
same type of plane that disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean in March
2014, with 239 people onboard.
  An office building is illuminated with LED lights displaying "Pray
for MH370" next to Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 19, 2014.
(AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the only
Boeing 777 currently unaccounted for, and experts have taken the part away for
further analysis in an attempt to determine its origin.
 This is the first major development in the flight’s puzzling
disappearance over a year ago in an event that has become one of the biggest
unsolved aviation mysteries in history.
 However, this is not the first time a plane has disappeared or crashed
under mysterious circumstances.
Here are some of the other unexplained aviation disasters that have taken
place in the last century.
The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion is seen on low-level
clouds while the aircraft searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia.
(AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
1.
Aer Lingus Flight 712On March 24, 1968, Aer Lingus Flight 712 from Cork in
Ireland to London’s Heathrow Airport crashed into the sea, killing all
61 onboard.
 But when investigators looked into the crash, they could find no
explanation for what brought the plane down.
In the years following the crash, several witnesses came forward to claim
that the plane had been shot down by an experimental British missile —
a claim that was strongly refuted by the British government.
 Related: How to Combat the Fear of Flying After Malaysia Airlines
Crash2.
B47 Stratojet Bomber
In March 1956, a Boeing B47 Stratojet long-range
bomber carrying three U.
S.
Air Force personnel vanished over the Mediterranean Sea while en route from
MacDill Air Force Base in Florida to Ben Guerir Air Force Base in Morocco.
The plane disappeared without a trace.
Frighteningly, the bomber was carrying two nuclear warheads, which were never
recovered.
 3.
Helios Airways Flight 522
On Aug.
14, 2005, Greek air traffic controllers lost contact with Helios Airways
Flight 522 as it headed toward Athens airport to begin its descent after a
short trip from Cyprus.
Strangely, the plane stayed within its set holding pattern around the airport
for over an hour.
When fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the flight, they saw the pilot
slumped over the controls.
The plane descended rapidly around 30 minutes later, crashing into a hillside
outside the city and killing all 121 souls onboard.
An investigation into the crash determined that there may have been a gradual
cabin pressure loss that had likely incapacitated the crew.
 Related: From Costa Concordia to the Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane,
Tragedy Tourism Is on the Rise4.
Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra
One of the most famous aviation
mysteries in history occurred in 1937 when the Lockheed Electra plane, piloted
by pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart, vanished over the Pacific Ocean during her
attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
No wreckage was ever found, and the plane’s disappearance has been the
focus of intense conspiracy theories ever since.
There have been stories of her being shot down by the Japanese or being a
spy.
Some have speculated that she faked her own death, and a very small
contingent is convinced she was abducted by aliens.
Amelia Earhart’s plane rising into the air after a 4,000-foot run at
the start of the flight from Oakland, California, on March 17, 1937.
(AP Photo)
5.
Flight 19
Flight 19 was the name given to a U.
S.
Air Force training exercise that took place on Dec.
5, 1945, involving an Avenger Torpedo Bomber.
The plane disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle with 14 airmen on board.
The Air Force then sent a Mariner flying boat with 13 men onboard to attempt
to find the missing aircraft.
That plane also went missing.
Neither of the planes, nor the 27 crew members in total, were ever seen
again, and investigators could never determine the cause of either
flight’s disappearance.
 6.
Egypt Air Flight 990
Flight 990 was a scheduled flight from Los Angeles to
Cairo with a stopover in New York.
But on Oct.
31, 1999, the Boeing 747 plane mysteriously crashed into the Atlantic Ocean
about 100 miles south of Nantucket, killing all 217 people onboard, including
14 crew members.
While investigators never discovered the specific cause of the crash, the FBI
believed that the evidence suggested the crash was deliberate rather than
accidental.
Egyptian and American authorities never agreed on the cause of the crash,
with the Egyptians concluding it was due to mechanical malfunction and the
Americans stating it was the responsibility of the relief first officer.
Egypt Air Captain Hatem Rushdi, who piloted Egypt Air Flight 990 from Los
Angeles to New York on Oct.
31, 1999, is seen in this undated picture.
He was a passenger when the plane went down after taking off from New York en
route to Cairo.
(AP Photo)
7.
Pan Am Flight 7
Pan Am Flight 7 was once considered to be one of the most
exclusive and luxurious "around the world trips" available.
But in 1957, during a leg from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the Boeing
Stratocruiser vanished into thin air.
Rescue crews hunted for five days before finding the plane floating in the
ocean, hundreds of miles off course, with very little actual damage to the
plane.
Autopsies on the passengers found that they had been poisoned by carbon
monoxide emissions, but no reason for the poisoning was ever found.
Many speculated that it was possibly an act of insurance fraud.
 Related: Learning to Survive a Plane Crash8.
Air France Flight 447
On the morning of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight
447, traveling from Rio De Janeiro to Paris, went missing with 216 passengers
and 12 crew members onboard.
The Airbus A330 had flown through a thunderstorm, but no distress signal was
sent.
For several days there was no trace of the plane, and it took over two years
to recover the black boxes from the ocean floor.
Analysis of the boxes found that a combination of equipment malfunction and
human error resulted in the crash.
 
Workers unload debris from crashed Air France Flight 447 from the Brazilian
Navy’s Constitution Frigate in the port of Recife, northeast of Brazil,
on June 14, 2009.
A burst of last-minute automatic messages sent by the plane includes one
about a problem with a rudder safety device, but that does not explain what
sent the jet plunging into the Atlantic Ocean, an aviation expert said.
(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
MH370 is not the first time a plane has disappeared or crashed under
mysterious circumstances.
Here are some of the other unexplained aviation disasters that have taken
place in the last century.
3.
Helios Airways Flight 522
On Aug.
14, 2005, Greek air traffic controllers lost contact with Helios Airways
Flight 522 as it headed toward Athens airport to begin its descent after a
short trip from Cyprus.
Strangely, the plane stayed within its set holding pattern around the airport
for over an hour.
When fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the flight, they saw the pilot
slumped over the controls.
The plane descended rapidly around 30 minutes later, crashing into a hillside
outside the city and killing all 121 souls onboard.
An investigation into the crash determined that there may have been a gradual
cabin pressure loss that had likely incapacitated the crew.
 Related: From Costa Concordia to the Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane,
Tragedy Tourism Is on the Rise4.
Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra
One of the most famous aviation
mysteries in history occurred in 1937 when the Lockheed Electra plane, piloted
by pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart, vanished over the Pacific Ocean during her
attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
No wreckage was ever found, and the plane’s disappearance has been the
focus of intense conspiracy theories ever since.
There have been stories of her being shot down by the Japanese or being a
spy.
Some have speculated that she faked her own death, and a very small
contingent is convinced she was abducted by aliens.
Amelia Earhart’s plane rising into the air after a 4,000-foot run at
the start of the flight from Oakland, California, on March 17, 1937.
(AP Photo)
5.
Flight 19
Flight 19 was the name given to a U.
S.
Air Force training exercise that took place on Dec.
5, 1945, involving an Avenger Torpedo Bomber.
The plane disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle with 14 airmen on board.
The Air Force then sent a Mariner flying boat with 13 men onboard to attempt
to find the missing aircraft.
That plane also went missing.
Neither of the planes, nor the 27 crew members in total, were ever seen
again, and investigators could never determine the cause of either
flight’s disappearance.
 6.
Egypt Air Flight 990
Flight 990 was a scheduled flight from Los Angeles to
Cairo with a stopover in New York.
But on Oct.
31, 1999, the Boeing 747 plane mysteriously crashed into the Atlantic Ocean
about 100 miles south of Nantucket, killing all 217 people onboard, including
14 crew members.
While investigators never discovered the specific cause of the crash, the FBI
believed that the evidence suggested the crash was deliberate rather than
accidental.
Egyptian and American authorities never agreed on the cause of the crash,
with the Egyptians concluding it was due to mechanical malfunction and the
Americans stating it was the responsibility of the relief first officer.
Egypt Air Captain Hatem Rushdi, who piloted Egypt Air Flight 990 from Los
Angeles to New York on Oct.
31, 1999, is seen in this undated picture.
He was a passenger when the plane went down after taking off from New York en
route to Cairo.
(AP Photo)
7.
Pan Am Flight 7
Pan Am Flight 7 was once considered to be one of the most
exclusive and luxurious "around the world trips" available.
But in 1957, during a leg from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the Boeing
Stratocruiser vanished into thin air.
Rescue crews hunted for five days before finding the plane floating in the
ocean, hundreds of miles off course, with very little actual damage to the
plane.
Autopsies on the passengers found that they had been poisoned by carbon
monoxide emissions, but no reason for the poisoning was ever found.
Many speculated that it was possibly an act of insurance fraud.
 Related: Learning to Survive a Plane Crash8.
Air France Flight 447
On the morning of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight
447, traveling from Rio De Janeiro to Paris, went missing with 216 passengers
and 12 crew members onboard.
The Airbus A330 had flown through a thunderstorm, but no distress signal was
sent.
For several days there was no trace of the plane, and it took over two years
to recover the black boxes from the ocean floor.
Analysis of the boxes found that a combination of equipment malfunction and
human error resulted in the crash.
 
Workers unload debris from crashed Air France Flight 447 from the Brazilian
Navy’s Constitution Frigate in the port of Recife, northeast of Brazil,
on June 14, 2009.
A burst of last-minute automatic messages sent by the plane includes one
about a problem with a rudder safety device, but that does not explain what
sent the jet plunging into the Atlantic Ocean, an aviation expert said.
(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
MH370 is not the first time a plane has disappeared
or crashed under mysterious circumstances.
Here are some of the other unexplained aviation disasters that have taken
place in the last century

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