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
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.