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Planes That Disappeared And Were Never Found

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If the ever-growing mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has you wondering how a plane can simply disappear into thin air, consider this: Data from the Aviation Safety Network shows that more than 80 aircraft (capable of carrying more than 14 passengers) have been declared “missing” since 1948.

Let’s take a look at six of those mysteries:

1.1950: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501

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Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 is likely resting at the bottom of Lake Michigan, but good luck finding it. Divers 60 years ago turned up light debris, upholstery and a few body parts, but they were never able to locate the plane’s wreckage following what was, at the time, the deadliest commercial airliner accident in American history. Fifty-five passengers and three crewmembers are believed to have died aboard the DC-4 propliner as it traveled from New York to Seattle via Minneapolis. A local historian claimed in 2008 that many of the human remains from the accident washed ashore in the 1950s and were buried in an unmarked grave in a St. Joseph-area cemetery without the knowledge of the victims’ families.

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