Aviation Mysteries: 10 Strangest Aircraft Disappearances in History

9. Lockheed L-1049, Pacific Ocean

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In March of 1962, a Lockheed L-1094 Super Constellation was chartered by the US Government to take 93 Army Rangers to Vietnam. The plane was on its Guam to the Philippines leg of the trip when it disappeared less than an hour and a half from leaving Guam and its refueling stop.

There were no storms reported in the area, and during his last check-in, the pilot reported no problems and that the plane was both on course and on time for its arrival in the Philippines – from there, it was due to head to South Vietnam. Tragically, the plane’s disappearance came on the heels of two other major airline disasters – an American Airlines jet crash killed 95 people and a British airliner crash killed 111.

An eight-day search was conducted for the missing airliner, at first covering about 75,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean. During the search, absolutely no trace of the plane was ever found, and there was no trace of what might have happened, either. There were no weather anomalies or sudden storms that might have caused the plane problems, and by the time the search was called off, rescue teams had covered more than 200,000 square miles of territory. The plane was carrying 11 civilian crew, 93 American soldiers and 3 Vietnamese soldiers.


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