Some of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries

1. The Bermuda Triangle


Bermuda Triangle also known as the Devil’s triangle is the roughly triangular area bounded by Miami Bermuda and Puerto Rico. It is believed that dozens of aircraft and ships have vanished in the Bermuda triangle with unusual circumstances.

Some of the incident constitute of disappearance of Flight 19 in 1945 (US Navy Bomber), Douglas DC-3 (plane sent to search the missing Flight 19) and a mid-air collision between two US Air Force planes in 1963.

2. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was en-route to Beijing Capital International Airport, China from Kuala Lumpur International Airport when it vanished on March 2014. Till today, there is no any official confirmation of the status of the vanished flight MH370. However, conspiracy theories exists such as the flight was shot down, it was hijacked or switched and many more.

3. D B Cooper

An unidentified man travelling under the name of “Dan Cooper” succeeded to hijack a Boeing 727 aircraft (in 1971), extorted a $200,000 ransom and fled through the rear exit via a parachute. The man was never to be seen again as the FBI investigators declared that he would not have survived the jump. A year after the incident “Cooper vanes” were installed to disable aircraft doors while the landing gear is up.

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Proposed image of suspect ‘D B Cooper’

4. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571

A Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying 45 people (40 passengers and 5 crew members) vanished while crossing the Andes. Everyone on board was presumed dead however; 16 survivors emerged after seventy-days. The story of how starvation drove them to eat some of the dead passengers was made into the 1993 film “Alive”.


5. Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

With 93 US Soldiers and 3 South Vietnamese on board, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation prop liner disappeared in clear weather on its way to Clark Air Base in the Philippines for which 8 day search of more than 200,000 square miles was conducted. Eye witnesses on a civilian tanker reported seeing an explosion, but no remains were ever found.

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