List of aerial disappearances

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This is a list of aircraft, aviators or air passengers who have disappeared in flight for reasons that have never been definitely determined, particularly in cases where the air frame of the aircraft or body of the person has never been recovered.

It overlaps with Category:Missing aircraft, Category:Missing aviators and Category:Missing air passengers. It does not include combatants who have been posted as "missing in action" during a war or other armed conflict (see Category:Missing in action and Category:Aerial disappearances of military personnel in action.)

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Date Aircraft Notable people Total number missing Aircraft type Type of incident Context Location Coordinates Memorial Remarks
28 Dec 1856 Ville de Paris Matias Perez 1 Hot air balloon Unknown Free balloon flight Straits of Florida north of Havana, Cuba Unknown Cuban expression: Voló como Matías Pérez.
28 Sep 1879 Pathfinder
John Wise
John Wise
1 Hydrogen balloon Unknown Free balloon flight Lake Michigan 42°04′N 87°56′W / 42.07°N 87.93°W / 42.07; -87.93 (position of last sighting) Body of sole passenger recovered from Lake Michigan.
10 Dec 1881 Saladin Walter Powell 1 Hydrogen balloon Loss of control Free balloon flight Eype Mouth, west of Bridport, Dorset 50°43′N 2°47′W / 50.72°N 2.78°W / 50.72; -2.78 MP for Malmesbury when he disappeared.
17 Oct 1908 Pampero Eduardo Newbery
Eduardo Romero
2 Coal gas balloon Unknown Free balloon flight (night navigation exercise) River Plate, Argentina 34°27′S 58°24′W / 34.45°S 58.40°W / -34.45; -58.40 First Argentines ever to perish in an aircraft accident
18 Oct 1910
Airship America, from the rescue ship Trent
America
0 Non-rigid airship Abandonment Attempted 1st transatlantic flight N Atlantic, west of Bermuda Unknown
Walter Wellman
Occupants rescued by merchant vessel.
22 Dec 1910 S.29/Cecil Grace No. 3 Cecil Grace 1 Short S.27 Unknown Private flight English Channel en route from Calais to Dover Unknown Returning from unsuccessful attempt at Baron de Forest Prize. Body possibly found on 14 March 1911.
5 Jun 1911 Édouard Bague 1
A Blériot XI in flight
Blériot XI monoplane
Unknown Attempted 1st flight across Mediterranean Mediterranean, near Cap d'Antibes Unknown Roland Garros made 1st trans-Mediterranean flight, 13 Sep 1913.
18 Apr 1912
Damer Leslie Allen
Damer Leslie Allen
1
A Blériot XI in flight
Blériot XI monoplane
Unknown Attempted 1st flight from Wales to Ireland Irish Sea, west of Anglesey Unknown Competing with Denys Corbett Wilson.
13 Oct 1913
Albert Jewell
Albert Jewell
1
A Blériot XI in flight
Moisant-Blériot monoplane
Unknown Ferry/repositioning (Hempstead, Long I. to Oakwood, Staten I., N.Y. to join air race) N Atlantic, off Long Island, NY, USA 40°29′N 73°47′W / 40.48°N 73.79°W / 40.48; -73.79 (approx.) Intended to compete in the New York Times American Aerial Derby.
14 Mar 1914 Manuel Rodríguez
Teniente Bello
Alejandro Bello Silva
1 Sánchez-Besa biplane Unknown Military training flight Central Chile Unknown Chilean expression: más perdido que el Teniente Bello.
23 May 1914
Gustav Hamel
Gustav Hamel
1 Morane-Saulnier 80 hp (60 kW) monoplane Unknown Delivery flight English Channel en route from Hardelot to Hendon Aerodrome Unknown Hamel's corpse probably found 6 Jul 1914 (identity unconfirmed)
7 Nov 1917 LZ60 0 Zeppelin LZ60 Storm loss Broke free of mooring North Sea Unknown Zeppelin unmanned when it broke free.
2 June 1919 Mansell Richard James 1
Sopwith Camel on the ground
Sopwith Camel
Unknown Air race (Boston to New York) New England en route from Boston to New York Unknown Reports of wreckage (Mount Riga NY, Pittsfield MA, Fort Pond Bay NY)
9 Dec 1919 George Henry Fraser 1 Martinsyde Type A Mk.I Unknown Air race (England to Australia) St George's Bay, Corfu Unknown Airframe & corpse of Cedric Howell (pilot) recovered.
23 Mar 1921 A-5597 5 Hydrogen balloon Unknown Free balloon flight (all-night training) Gulf of Mexico off St. Andrews Bay (Florida) Unknown Balloon found (without crew) 8 Apr 1921.
21 Dec 1923 Image in de.wikipedia Dixmude 49 Zeppelin LZ114 Storm damage or mid-air explosion (suspected) Attempted flight across Sahara Desert Vicinity of Pantelleria, Italy en route from Gulf of Gabes Unknown Cuers, France[1] 42 crew, 7 passengers missing. Light debris & body of Jean du Plessis de Grenedan (commander) found in sea near Sciacca, Sicily, 26 Dec 1923.
15 Nov 1924 Fokker 4146
Artur de Sacadura Cabral
Artur de Sacadura Cabral
2 Fokker T.III Crashed in fog (probable) Delivery flight (Amsterdam to Lisbon) English Channel en route from Amsterdam to Lisbon Unknown Aircraft debris discovered 18 Nov 1924.
8 May 1927
L'Oiseau Blanc
L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird)
François Coli and
Charles Nungesser
Charles Nungesser
2 Levasseur PL.8 Unknown Attempted transatlantic flight (1st E to W, 1st Paris to New York) N Atlantic Unknown
Charles Nungesser
Étretat, Le Bourget airport
Coli Lake, ONT 51°19′N 93°35′W / 51.32°N 93.59°W / 51.32; -93.59
Competing for Orteig Prize. Source.[2]
26 May 1927 G-IAAB[3] 2
Airco D.H.9
Airco DH.9 D3180
Unknown Private flight NW Turkey en route Konya to Istanbul (between Konya & Eskişehir or Kütahya & Bandırma)[4] Last sighted: Kadınhanı 38°14′N 32°13′E / 38.23°N 32.22°E / 38.23; 32.22 F/O John James Crofts Cocks (b. 18.02.1895)[5][6] and LAC Rowston left Lahore, British India on 11 May, for Lympne, England.[7][8][9][10][11][12]
19 Aug 1927 Dallas Spirit (NX941) William Portwood Erwin 2 Swallow monoplane Unknown Search and rescue mission Pacific Ocean en route from Oakland to Honolulu Unknown Competitor in Dole Air Race, searching for Miss Doran & Golden Eagle
31 Aug 1927 Saint Raphael Leslie Hamilton, Princess Anne of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and Frederick F. Minchin 3 Fokker F.VIIA Unknown Attempted transatlantic flight (1st E to W, Upavon ENG to Ottawa CAN) N Atlantic in the vicinity of Newfoundland Unknown Hamilton Lake, Ont. 50°53′N 90°23′W / 50.89°N 90.38°W / 50.89; -90.38
7 Sep 1927 Old Glory Lloyd W. Bertaud and J.D. Hill 3 Fokker F.VIIA Overloading (probable) Attempted transatlantic flight (Old Orchard Beach, Maine to Rome, Italy) N Atlantic 960km E of Cape Race, Newfoundland Unknown Old Glory Memorial, Scottdale, PA
Bertaud Lake, Ont. 50°54′N 90°43′W / 50.90°N 90.71°W / 50.90; -90.71
Wreckage discovered by SS Kyle 12 Sep 1927. Sources.[2][13][14]
23 Dec 1927 The Dawn Brice Goldsborough, Frances Wilson Grayson and Oskar Omdal 4 Sikorsky S-36 Unknown Attempted transatlantic flight N Atlantic en route from NYC to Newfoundland Unknown Goldsborough Lake, Ont. 50°42′N 89°20′W / 50.70°N 89.34°W / 50.70; -89.34 Intended to attempt Newfoundland to London flight.
10 Jan 1928 Aotearoa Lieutenant John Moncrieff and Captain George Hood 2 Ryan B-1 Brougham Unknown First attempted trans-Tasman flight. Tasman Sea Unknown A number of streets named 'Moncrieff' or 'Hood' in various New Zealand towns and cities; Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, Wairarapa. Departed from Sydney, Australia for Trentham, New Zealand. Radio signals ceased when the aircraft should have been about two hours out from New Zealand.
13 Mar 1928 Endeavour Walter G. R. Hinchliffe and Elsie Mackay 2 Stinson SM-1 Detroiter Unknown Attempted transatlantic flight (1st E to W, RAF Cranwell ENG to Newfoundland) N Atlantic on a course from en route from Crookhaven to Newfoundland Unknown Bremen made 1st E to W transatlantic flight, 12–14 April 1928: Baldonnel Aerodrome IRL to Greenly I. CAN.
25 May 1928
Airship Italia
Italia
Aldo Pontremoli 6 Semi-rigid airship Crash landing Polar exploration Barents Sea 81°14′N 28°14′E / 81.23°N 28.23°E / 81.23; 28.23 One person also died in the crash. Subsequent searches unsuccessful.[15]
18 Jun 1928
Latham 47.02 just before take off on 18 June 1928
Latham 47.02
Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen and René Guilbaud
6 Latham 47 Unknown Search and rescue mission Barents Sea Unknown Searching for survivors of Italia,
6 Sep 1928 3
Blackburn Blackburn II in Flight
Blackburn R-1 Blackburn
Unknown Military reconnaissance North Sea Unknown P/O Samuel Hatton, Lt. Charles Sheldon Booth, RN and J7760 Telegraphist Edmund George Bourke Grigson lost; No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight, HMS Argus[16][17]
27 Mar 1931 2
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas
Unknown Military patrol English Channel near Reculver, Kent on flight from RAF Manston. Unknown Lost: F/O Charles Richard Fildes Wintringham[18] & AC1 L.A. Ellard, No. 2 (Army Co-operation) Sqn RAF. Debris came ashore.[19][20]
30 May 1932 CF-AGL[21] 2 de Havilland DH.60 Moth Unknown Private flight Vicinity of St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador Unknown Arthur Sullivan (pilot), Dr Kurt K. (Karl) Kuenhert vanished on pleasure flight.[22][23][24][25][26]
12 Aug 1932 G-AAKA[27] 2
Avro Avian
Avro 616 Avian IVM
Unknown Private flight Gulf of Martaban en route from Moulmein, Burma to Rangoon Vicinity of 16°56′N 96°56′E / 16.93°N 96.93°E / 16.93; 96.93 (unconfirmed)[28] English planters, GW Salt and FB Taylor,[29] left KL 3 July,[30][31] to fly to England.[32][33][34][35][36][37][38]
14 Sep 1932
A replica of NR796W in its Miss Veedol livery
The American Nurse (NR796W)
3 Bellanca Skyrocket J-400 Long-Distance Special Unknown Attempted New York to Rome flight North Atlantic, 640km (400mi) west of Cape Finisterre, Spain Unknown NR796W (as Miss Veedol) made 1st non-stop trans-Pacific flight (Oct 1931).
20 Jun 1933
Cuatros Vientos
Cuatro Vientos
Mariano Barberán and Joaquín Collar Serra 2 Br.19 TF Super Bidon Unknown Attempted long-distance flight Vicinity of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico Unknown Aircraft was on final leg of a Seville to Mexico City flight.
3 Dec 1934 Stella Australis (VH-UXY)
Charles Ulm
Charles Ulm
3
Airspeed Envoy
Airspeed Envoy
Ditching (sea) due to fuel starvation Attempted US to Australia flight Pacific Ocean in vicinity of Hawaii en route from Oakland Unknown Most probable that aircraft overflew Hawaii.
8 Nov 1935
Lady Southern Cross
Lady Southern Cross
Charles Kingsford Smith
Charles Kingsford Smith
2 Lockheed Altair Unknown Attempt to break England to Australia speed record Andaman Sea en route from Allahabad to Singapore Unknown
10 Feb 1936 Ville de Buenos Aires (F-AOIK) Émile Barrière 6
Croix-du-Sud the prototype for the Latécoère 301
Latécoère 301
Unknown Passenger flight S Atlantic, vicinity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago Unknown
7 Dec 1936
Croix-du-Sud at Natal, Brazil, 1 Sep 1934
Croix-du-Sud
Jean Mermoz 5 Latécoère 300 Unknown Air mail flight S Atlantic en route from Dakar to Natal, Brazil 11°08′N 22°40′W / 11.13°N 22.67°W / 11.13; -22.67 (last reported position)[39] Final radio message (incomplete) reported engine failure minutes after last position report.
15 Feb 1937 K5619[40] 3
Blackburn Sharks in flight, HMS Courageous in background
Blackburn Shark[41]
Unknown Military patrol Mediterranean Sea Unknown Lost: Sub-Lt George Eric Lake, Lt Roderick W. MacDonald & Telegraphist, C/JX 133704 William H. Currie, 821 Naval Air Sqn, FAA, HMS Courageous[42][43][44]
2 Jul 1937
Amelia Earhart with NR 16020
NR 16020
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
2 Lockheed Electra 10E Fuel Starvation Attempted round-the-world flight On approach to Howland Island, Pacific Ocean Vicinity of Howland island
Earhart Light
Earhart Light, Howland Island
13 Aug 1937 DB-A prototype
Sigizmund Levanevsky
Sigizmund Levanevsky
6
Bolkhovitinov DB-A
Bolkhovitinov DB-A
Unknown Attempted long-distance flight (Moscow to Fairbanks, Alaska via North Pole) Arctic en route from Moscow to Fairbanks Unknown Possible sighting of wreckage on sea floor, near 70°04′N 145°17′W / 70.07°N 145.28°W / 70.07; -145.28 (1999)
24 Feb 1938 K7734[45] 3
Vickers Wellesley
Vickers Wellesley (Type 292)
Unknown Attempted round Britain flight North Sea (last reported 80km (50m) east of Wick, Scotland en route to Shetland[46] Unknown Flt. Lt. F.S. Gardner (pilot), F/O G.J.D. Thomson & Sgt. G. Higgs, Long Range Development Unit.[47] Debris found Stavanger, Norway 22.03.38.[46]
4 Apr 1938 K2944[48] 3
Vickers Vildebeest
Vickers Vildebeest Mark II[49]
Unknown Military training flight (night navigation exercise) South China Sea, vicinity of Horsburgh Lighthouse, Pedra Branca, Singapore 1°19′49″N 104°24′27″E / 1.330283°N 104.4074°E / 1.330283; 104.4074 (Horsburgh Lighthouse) Lost: Sgt. W.D.M Roberts (pilot), AC1 E.J. Beisly & AC1 M.R. Hunter of No. 100 Sqn RAF, RAF Seletar, Singapore[50]
17 Apr 1938 Andrew Carnegie Whitfield 1
Taylor Cub
Taylor Cub
Unknown Private flight Vicinity of Long Island en route from Roosevelt Field to Brentwood Unknown
28 Jul 1938 Hawaii Clipper (NC14714) 15
Martin 130 China Clipper class flying boat
Martin M-130
Unknown Passenger flight 909km E of the Philippine coast, en route from Guam to Manila Unknown
6 Aug 1938 K9759[51] 1 Hawker Hector Unknown Military navigation flight North Sea off Blackhall Rocks, England Unknown Lost: P/O Douglas St Quentin Robinson, No. 13 Sqn RAF, RAF Odiham[52][53][54]
8 Aug 1938 K8831[51] 4
Avro Anson
Avro Anson
Unknown Military flight North Sea off Bridlington, England Unknown Lost: Sgt. Cecil Joseph Le Patrick Gordon (pilot), AC2 Thomas Charles Andrews, AC1 Melville George Brand, AC1 Leslie Freeman, No. 233 Sqn RAF, RAF Thornaby[51][52][54]
6 Oct 1938 K6971[55] 3
Handley Page Harrow
Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow
Storm conditions (probable, lightning strike possible) Military flight (night exercise) English Channel off Dungeness, Kent Unknown Lost: F/O D.A. Hamilton, P/O R.N. Haynes, P/O T.I.S. Munro, LAC C.S. Lodge & AC1 T. Prowse, No. 215 Sqn, RAF Honington, Suffolk.[56][57]
9 May 1939 K3570[58] 2
Westland Wallace
Westland Wallace
Fouling of tail by towing cable Military: artillery target tow North Sea flying over the Theddlethorpe firing ranges Unknown Lost: P/O M.T. Lloyd & AC J. Flannery of No. 1 Air Armament School.[59]
9 Aug 1939 L4258[60] 5
Vickers Wellington I
Vickers Wellington I
Unknown Military flight North Sea on a flight from RAF Mildenhall Unknown Lost: F/O T.A. Darling, P/O F.E. Board, A/Sgt A. Linkley, AC1 R.C.B, Collins & AC1 J.W. Sadler of No. 149 Sqn RAF.[61]
11 Aug 1939 Shalom (NX557NN) 2 Ryan C-2 Foursome Unknown Attempted transatlantic flight N Atlantic en route from the St Peter's NS to Ireland Unknown NYC to Palestine flight by Betar activists Alex Loeb and Richard Decker.[62][63]
19 Aug 1939 6
Supermarine Stranraer in flight over water
Supermarine Stranraer[64]
Unknown Military patrol North Sea between northern Scotland and Norway Unknown Lost: Act. Flt. Lt. F.E.R. King, F/O A.F. Barber, LAC D. Fulcher, AC1 D.G.P. Ash, AC1 L.S. Freshwater & AC1 W.J. Jeckells, No. 209 Sqn RAF, RAF Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty.[65][66][67][68]
1 Mar 1940 G-AAGX Hannibal Harold Whistler 8
H.P.42 Hanno
Handley Page H.P.42
Unknown Passenger flight Gulf of Oman en route from Jask, Iran and Sharjah, Emirate of Sharjah Unknown Lost: 4 crew; 4 passengers.
16 Aug 1942
Blimp L-8
L-8
2 L class blimp Unknown Military: anti-submarine patrol Pacific Ocean in vicinity of San Francisco Unknown Airship drifted back to land; absence of crew unexplained.
7–9 July 1943 Kenji Tsukagoshi 8 Tachikawa Ki-77 Unconfirmed enemy action Attempted flight: Singapore to Sarabus[69] (now Hvardiiske, Crimea) 45°07′N 33°59′E / 45.12°N 33.98°E / 45.12; 33.98 Over the Indian Ocean Unknown Lost: crew of 5 & 3 IJA passengers. Likely intercepted by RAF fighters over Indian Ocean as flight known to through decrypted communications.
26 Jul 1944 41-107470
Leon Vance
Leon Vance
26
Douglas-C-54-NL-316a
Douglas C-54A-5-DO
Unknown Military transport (wounded personnel) N Atlantic SE of Greenland en route from Keflavík, Iceland to Stephenville, Newfoundland Unknown Source.[70]
15 Dec 1944 44-70285
Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
3[71]
UC-64 Norseman
UC-64 Norseman
Unknown Military transport English Channel en route from Clapham, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom to Paris, France Unknown No trace of the aircrew, passengers or plane found, possibly overflew bomb jettisoning area. Also lost: F/O John Morgan & Lt. Col. Norman F. Baessell.[71]
26 Feb 1945 41-24174, c/n 969
Millard Harmon
Millard Harmon and James Roy Andersen
6–20[72]
Consolidated C-87A Liberator Express
C-87A Liberator Express
Unknown (known safety issues with aircraft type) Military transport Pacific Ocean en route from Kwajalein Atoll to Johnston Island Unknown 2 passengers and pilot identified; number of others lost unknown.
27 Mar 1945 Commando
Sir Peter Drummond
Sir Peter Drummond
11–25 Liberator B Mk II (LB-30) Unknown Military transport N Atlantic in vicinity of Azores Unknown 7 passengers identified in media; number of others lost unknown.
20 Oct 1945 A65-83 25 Douglas C-47B-30-DK Unknown Military transport (wounded personnel) Timor Sea Unknown Source.[73]
5 Dec 1945 Flight 19 14
TBF (Avengers) flying in formation
TBM Avenger (5)
Unknown Military training flight Off east coast of Florida Unknown
5 Dec 1945 BuNo 59225 13
PBM Mariner water takeoff
Martin PBM-5 Mariner
Mid-air explosion (presumed) Search and rescue mission, while searching for Flight 19. Off east coast of Florida 28°35′N 80°15′W / 28.59°N 80.25°W / 28.59; -80.25
23 Mar 1946 G-AGLX 10 Avro Lancastrian Unknown Passenger flight Indian Ocean en route from Colombo, Ceylon to Cocos (Keeling) Is. (BOAC/Qantas London - Sydney route) Unknown 5 crew, 5 passengers missing. Source.[74]
30 Jan 1948 Star Tiger (G-AHNP)
Arthur Conningham
Arthur Coningham (RAF officer)
31 Avro Tudor Mark IV Unknown Passenger flight N Atlantic en route from the Azores to Bermuda Unknown
1 Aug 1948 Lionel de Marnier (F-BDRC) 52 Latécoère 631 Crashed in water for an unknown reason Passenger flight Atlantic Ocean en route from Martinique to Mauritania Unknown
28 Dec 1948 NC16002 32
Douglas DC-3, SE-CFP
Douglas DC-3DST-144
Unknown Passenger flight Off east coast of Florida Unknown
17 Jan 1949 Star Ariel (G-AGRE) 20 Avro Tudor Mark IVB Unknown Passenger flight N Atlantic en route from Bermuda to Kingston, Jamaica Unknown
26 Jan 1950 42-72469 44
Douglas C-54D USAAF wartime markings Chico CA
Douglas C-54D Skymaster
Unknown Passenger flight Yukon Territory in vicinity of Snag Unknown
23 Jun 1950 N95425 58
Aerolineas Argentinas DC4 atEZE
Douglas DC-4 (formerly C-54)
Unknown Passenger flight Lake Michigan, 29km NNW of Benton Harbor, MI 42°22′N 86°37′W / 42.37°N 86.62°W / 42.37; -86.62
21 Jul 1951 CF-CPC 37
Aerolineas Argentinas DC4 atEZE
Douglas DC-4 (former C-54A/R5D-1)
Unknown Passenger flight Alaska (probable) Unknown
2 Feb 1953 G-AHFA 39
Avro York G-AHFG
Avro York
Unknown Passenger flight N Atlantic en route from Lajes, Azores to Gander, Newfoundland 46°15′N 46°31′W / 46.25°N 46.52°W / 46.25; -46.52
1 Apr 1953 G-AKBL[75] 2
Miles Messenger
Miles M.38 Messenger 2A
Unknown Private flight Irish Sea en route from RAF Northolt to Dublin Airport via Daventry Unknown (probable debris sighted from air, west of Isle of Man)[75] Lost: Rodney R. Matthews-Naper (pilot) & Walter Bradley. Death presumed (M-N: 24.07.53[75] & B.: 19.03.54)[76][77] Pilot to fly to Australia, starting 6.04.53.[75]
23 Nov 1953 51-5853A
1st Lt. Felix Moncla
Felix Moncla
2 F-89C Scorpion Unknown UFO intercept Lake Superior, about 20 miles north of US-Canadian border 48°00′N 86°29′W / 48.0°N 86.49°W / 48.0; -86.49 (point of disappearance on radar)
Felix Moncla memorial
Gene Moncla memorial, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Moreauville LA
31 Jan 1956 44-29125 2
B-25J-20/22-NC "Mitchell"
B-25J-20/22-NC "Mitchell"
Ditching (river) due to fuel starvation Military transport Monongahela River, PA 2.4km downstream from the 7.9 km marker 42°24′N 79°55′W / 42.4°N 79.92°W / 42.4; -79.92 (point of impact) Two crew lost in water; airframe not located
10 Mar 1956 SN:52-534 3
XB47 on runway
B-47 Stratojet
Unknown Military mission Mediterranean Sea Unknown Nuclear weapons material lost in incident
22 Mar 1957 50-0702 67
C-97A Stratofreighter
Boeing C-97C-35-BO Stratofreighter
Unknown Military transport Pacific Ocean, 320km SE of Tokyo, Japan en route from Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California Unknown Missing:
10 crew; 57 passengers.[78]
20 Feb 1958 The lost aircraft flying in March 1957. 141310 22 Lockheed WV-2 Super Constellation Unknown Military (airborne radar patrol) N Atlantic 176km W of Ilha do Corvo, Azores en route from Naval Air Station Argentia, NF, CAN to Lajes Field, Terceira Island, Azores Unknown Source.[79]
8 Nov 1958 TAM-05 3
Douglas DC-3, SE-CFP
Douglas DC-3
Unknown Cargo flight Central Bolivia en route from San Borja to El Alto International Airport, La Paz Unknown Operated by Transporte Aéreo Militar.[80]
9 Nov 1958 CS-THB 36
PBM Mariner water takeoff
Martin PBM-5 Mariner
Unknown Passenger flight N Atlantic en route from Cabo Ruivo, Lisbon, Portugal to Funchal Airport, Funchal, Madeira 35°30′N 13°00′W / 35.50°N 13.00°W / 35.50; -13.00 (estimated) Last radio transmission:
"I am forced to land immediately."[81]
28 Oct 1959 FAR-53
Camilo Cienfuegos
Camilo Cienfuegos
1 Cessna 310 Unknown Private flight Gulf of Mexico en route from Camagüey to Havana Unknown
10 Jul 1960 VT-DGS 16
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas C-47-DL
Unknown Passenger flight Vicinity of Sharjah, UAE en route from Doha Airport, Qatar to Sharjah Airport Unknown Missing:
3 crew; 13 passengers. Crashed at sea or overflew destination causing CFIT.[80]
3 Feb 1961 PK-GDY 26
Douglas C-47A
Douglas C-47A-20-DK
Unknown Passenger flight Off Madura Island, Indonesia en route from Surabaya-Juanda Airport to Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport Unknown Missing:
5 crew; 21 passengers.[82]
11 Nov 1961 HH-ABA 3
L-749A Constellation N6022C TWA Heathrow 09.54
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Unknown Cargo flight Over the Caribbean Sea E of Puerto Rico en route from San Juan to Managua, Nicaragua Unknown
15 Mar 1962 N6921C 107
Lockheed L1049H CF-NAM Nordair MAN 02.07.66
Lockheed Constellation L-1049H
Mid-air explosion (presumed) Military transport Western Pacific Ocean 13°40′N 140°00′E / 13.67°N 140.00°E / 13.67; 140.00 Flying Tiger Line Flight 739
2 Jan 1964 52-0968 9
 C-124C landing at Travis AFB 1984
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
Unknown Military transport Pacific Ocean 1200 km W of Hawaii en route from Wake Island Airfield to Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu Unknown One passenger was lost in the accident.
28 Mar 1964 N4726V 9
Douglas-C-54-NL-316a
Douglas C-54A-10-DC
Unknown Passenger flight Pacific Ocean, 1120 km W of San Francisco CA en route from Honolulu Int'l Airport to Los Angeles Int'l Airport 29°20′N 135°00′W / 29.33°N 135.00°W / 29.33; -135.00 (last reported position) Aircraft used in film The High and the Mighty (1954).[83] Source.[84]
12 Aug 1964 N9492X
Charles Clifford Ogle
Charles Clifford Ogle
1 Cessna 210A Unknown Private flight Sierra Nevada Mountains, USA Unknown
9 Jun 1965 51-2680 9
Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar
Fairchild C-119F-FA Flying Boxcar
Unknown Military transport N Atlantic off the Bahamas en route from Homestead Air Force Base, Fla. to Grand Turk Island Airport Unknown Four of those lost were mechanics being transported to Grand Turk Island to repair a C-119.[85]
1 Nov 1965 Fuerza Aérea Argentina TC-48 68
Douglas-C-54-NL-316a
Douglas C-54
Engine fire Military transport Costa Rican jungle or Caribbean Sea. En route from Howard Air Force Base to El Salvador International Airport Unknown 25 lifebuoys, personal belongings and some wreckage were found in Bocas del Toro Archipelago, but the airplane or bodies were never found.[86] [87]
11 Jul 1966 HK-527 8 Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando Unknown Cargo flight Near Cerro el Planchon, Chile en route from Bogota, Colombia to Buenos Aires, Argentina Unknown
25 Jul 1966 HS-OOO 3
Douglas DC-3, SE-CFP
Douglas DC-3-362
Unknown Delivery flight Pacific Ocean 840 km off the US coast Unknown
5 Jun 1968 A-12 Aircraft No. 129 (#60–6932)[88][89][90] 1 Lockheed A-12 Unknown Check flight (engine replacement) Philippine Sea, on a flight from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Approx. 920 km (500nmi) E of Philippines & 1111 km (600nmi) S of Okinawa - 16°21′N 130°09′E / 16.35°N 130.15°E / 16.35; 130.15 Lost: CIA pilot Jack W. Weeks. Scheduled as last operational A-12 flight from Kadena.[90]
9 Mar 1969 N3821 3
Aerolineas Argentinas DC4 atEZE
Douglas DC-4
Unknown Cargo flight N Atlantic en route from Halifax International Airport to Santa Maria Airport (Azores) Unknown
5 Jun 1969 62-4137 19 Boeing RC-135 Unknown Flight to maintenance facility Bering Sea en route from Shemya AFB, AK to Eielson AFB, AK, ca 400km E of Shemya Unknown
21 Sep 1970 The Free Life (N2079) Macolm Brighton (pilot) 3 Roziere balloon Ditching (sea) due to equipment failure and weather Attempted transatlantic flight (1st by balloon) N Atlantic approx 1000km SE of Newfoundland Unknown First transatlantic balloon crossing, 11–16 August 1978 by Double Eagle II, Presque Isle, Maine to Miserey, France
25 Jan 1971 N400CP 5 Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander Unknown Passenger flight (executive jet) Over from Lake Champlain, N.Y. (presumed) en route from Burlington International Airport, VT to T. F. Green Airport, Providence, RI Unknown Plane operated by Cousins Properties.[91]
13 Jun 1971 61-0331 24
Boeing EC-135E
Boeing EC-135N
Unknown Military observation flight Pacific Ocean, 113km S of Hawaii, near Palmyra Atoll en route from Pago Pago to Hickam Air Force Base 10°31′N 161°59′W / 10.51°N 161.98°W / 10.51; -161.98 (crash position indicator) Returning from observing French nuclear test Encelade.
26 May 1972 152155 8
Aircraft of the type lost
Lockheed P-3A-50-LO Orion
Unknown Military training flight Pacific Ocean off California, on a routine training mission based at Moffett Federal Airfield Unknown Source.[92]
20 Jul 1972 LV-JYR 5
Transporte Aereo Rioplatense Canadair CL-44.jpg
Canadair CC-106 Yukon
Unknown Cargo flight En route from Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile Unknown
16 Oct 1972 N1812H
Nick Begich
Nick Begich and
Hale Boggs
Hale Boggs
4 Cessna 310C Unknown Passenger flight (private) Alaska en route from Anchorage to Juneau Unknown Members of US House of Representatives
10 Jan 1974 TAM-52 24
Aerolineas Argentinas DC4 atEZE
Douglas DC-4
Unknown Passenger flight (non-scheduled) Central Bolivia en route from Santa Rosa de Yacuma Airport (SRB/SLSR) (14°3′58″S 66°47′12″W / 14.06611°S 66.78667°W / -14.06611; -66.78667) to El Alto International Airport, La Paz Unknown Operated by Transporte Aéreo Militar.
21 Feb 1974 Light Heart Thomas Leigh Gatch, Jr. 1 Superpressure balloon Unknown Attempted transatlantic flight (1st by balloon) 1610km W of the Canaries en route from Harrisburg Airport, PA to W Europe Unknown Some doubt about last reported sighting; last radio contact, 12.50, 19 Feb 1974, 1,490 km NE of San Juan, PR.
12 Oct 1974 Swan 38 6
WC-130J Hercules of 53rd Weather Recon Sq
Lockheed WC-130 Weatherbird
Unknown Weather reconnaissance South China Sea Unknown Aircraft lost during Typhoon Bess (1974).
24 Sep 1976* HK-1282 2 Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando Unknown Cargo flight Caribbean Sea off Aruba en route to Queen Beatrix International Airport Unknown Date possibly 16 Sep 1976.
5 Nov 1976 HP-671 2
Douglas DC-3, SE-CFP
Douglas DC-3
Unknown Cargo flight Caribbean Sea en route from Willemstad, Curaçao to Port-au-Prince, Haiti Unknown
30 Jun 1977 N126US 4
Lockheed L-188CF Electra
Lockheed L-188CF Electra
Unknown Cargo flight Caribbean Sea 65 km off Bocas del Toro, Panama en route from San José, Costa Rica to Caracas, Venezuela Unknown One passenger was lost, along with the crew of three.
21 Sep 1978 N407D 4
Douglas DC-3, SE-CFP
Douglas DC-3-277C
Unknown Ferry/positioning (for passenger flight) N Atlantic off Ft Lauderdale, FL en route from Ft Lauderdale to Havana, Cuba Unknown Aircraft flying to pick up passengers in Havana. Source.[93]
21 Oct 1978 VH-DSJ Frederick Valentich 1 Cessna 182L Unknown Private flight Bass Strait, vicinity of Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia (as reported by pilot) 38°52′S 143°31′E / 38.87°S 143.52°E / -38.87; 143.52 No radar confirmation of the pilot-reported position.
8 Dec 1978 HK-1707X 3
Douglas DC-6A, Farnborough Airshow 2008
Douglas DC-6A/B
Unknown Cargo flight Over the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia on a cargo flight from Bogota to Trinidad, Casanare Unknown Source.[94]
30 Jan 1979 PP-VLU 6 Boeing 707-323C Unknown Cargo flight Pacific Ocean 200 km ENE of Tokyo Unknown 153 of Manabu Mabe's paintings lost.
7 Jul 1979 N302RA Ian Mackintosh 3 Socata Rallye 235GT Unknown Passenger flight (private) Vicinity of Woody Island (Alaska) en route from Anchorage to Kodiak Unknown Additional information.[95]
3 Oct 1980 ECT-025 2
Douglas C-47A
Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-35-DK)
Unknown Ferry/positioning (transfer to aviation museum) Mediterranean Sea (presumed) en route from Madrid to Perpignan, France (intended onward flight to Frankfurt Unknown Previously decommissioned aircraft; provisional, limited, Certificate of Airworthiness. Unauthorised take off, on unrated runway, no working radio equipment. Source.[96]
21 Apr 1981 F-BJBY 4 Douglas C-53-DO (DC-3) Unknown Passenger flight (non-scheduled) Mediterranean Sea, 24 km off Port d'Andratx, Mallorca en route from Oran, Algeria to Toulouse, France Unknown
13 Feb 1983 N482U Upali Wijewardene 6
Swiss AF Learjet 35A
Learjet 35A
Unknown Passenger flight (executive jet) Straits of Malacca c. 20 km off Kuala Selangor, Malayasia en route from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo-Katunayake, Sri Lanka Unknown Operated by Upali Air. Survival pack, apparently from aircraft, found (Feb 19).
2 Sep 1983 C-GIPF George Cogar 7 Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander Unknown Private flight (hunting trip) Near Smithers, BC, Canada Unknown
31 Oct 1984 RP-C138 4
C-47B Skytrain - 43-49942 Bluebonnet Belle-26Oct2008.jpg
Douglas C-47B-1-DL
Unknown Cargo flight Off Davao, Philippines en route from Davao to Manila Unknown
16 Sep 1985 N13AS Art Scholl 1 Pitts S-2 Fatal spin Aerial cinematography Pacific Ocean, off Carlsbad, California Unknown Accident occurred during filming for Top Gun (1986).
25 Mar 1986 K2729 7
AN-32 cargo plane of the Afghan Air Force
Antonov An-32
Unknown Delivery flight Indian Ocean, 450km off Jamnagar. India Unknown Operated by Indian Air Force. Source.[96]
3 August 1986 PT6A-27 13 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Unknown Passenger Flight Caribbean Sea, on approach to the E. T. Joshua Airport. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Unknown Operated by LIAT. Source.[97]
4 Dec 1987 C-GOMC 4 Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander Unknown Passenger flight Near Mount Waddington, BC, Canada Unknown [98]
17 Jan 1989 CP-1418 5
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas C-47A-75-DL
Unknown Passenger flight (non-scheduled) Near La Paz, Bolivia en route to Apolo, La Paz Unknown Source.[99]
10 Jan 1995 PK-NUK 14
DHC-300 Twin Otter 300 - Air Seychelles
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
Weather (probable) Passenger flight Molo Strait, Indonesia en route from Bima Airport to Satartacik Airport, Ruteng Unknown Source[100]
22 Dec 1997 ER-ACF 5
Antonov An-72 ES-NOG.jpg
Antonov An-72
Unknown Cargo flight S Atlantic en route from Port Bouet Airport, Côte d'Ivoire to Rundu Airport, Namibia Unknown Source.[101]
25 May 2003 N844AA Ben Charles Padilla 1
Delta Air Lines Boeing 727-200 N523DA
Boeing 727-223
Unknown Theft Luanda, Angola 8°51′30″S 13°13′52″E / 8.858333°S 13.231111°E / -8.858333; 13.231111 Stolen at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport; unclear how many aboard.[102]
1 Nov 2008 N87V 3 Beechcraft King Air 65-A90 Unknown Aerial Survey Georgetown, Guyana Unknown Lost: 3 crew. Aircraft vanished over a remote part of the Guyana jungle.
8 Mar 2014 MH370 239 Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO - MSN 28420 404 (9272090094).jpgBoeing 777-200ER Unknown Passenger flight en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China Last transponder position 6°55′15″N 103°34′43″E / 6.92083°N 103.57861°E / 6.92083; 103.57861 but the final position is unknown
Date Aircraft Notable people Total number missing Aircraft type Type of incident Context Location Coordinates Memorial Remarks

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