New Delhi: The mysterious crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is not the first of its kind. In the past, there have been several mysterious aviation disasters, the riddles of which are yet to be unravelled.
Here is a list of ten such mysterious aviation disasters:
1. Amelia Earhart
In 1937, the American aviator Amelia Earhart, who was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean went for a world flight.
Fred Noonan was subsequently chosen as a second navigator as he had vast experience in marine and flight navigation.
Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
After the search operations could not trace the plane, she was declared dead two years later.
2. Air France Flight 447
The Air France Flight 447 scheduled from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June, 2009.
After two years, the black boxes were found.
None of the 228 passengers on board survived.
The major wreckage was recovered five days after the accident.
The aircraft crashed after temporary inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements—likely due to the aircraft's pivot tubes being obstructed by ice crystals—caused the autopilot to disconnect, after which the crew reacted incorrectly and ultimately led the aircraft to an aerodynamic stall from which they did not recover.