Think Planes Don’t Just Disappear? Think Again – 83 Aircraft Have Vanished Since 1948

If you think the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is an entirely new event, think again.

An analysis from Bloomberg shows 83 aircraft have been declared “missing” since 1948, according to data from the Aviation Safety Network. The data includes all planes capable of carrying more than 14 passengers where no trace of either bodies or debris has ever been found.

Here a look at some of the disappearances:

1951 – A Douglas C-54 operated by the Canadian Pacific Air Lines had six crew and 31 passengers on board when it disappeared, presumably over Alaska on a flight from Canada to Anchorage.

1957 – A C-97C operated by the U.S. Air force disappeared over the Pacific Ocean en route to Tokyo. There were 10 crew and 57 passengers on board.

1965 – A Douglas C-54 transport plane went missing en route between Balboa-Howard Air Force Base in Panama and San Salvador Airport in El Salvador. The airplane was over the sea when the crew radioed a distress call and said they were trying to divert to Costa Rica. Nothing more was heard from the flight. The wreckage was never found and all 69 on board are presumed dead.

1978 – A Douglas DC-3 had four people on board when it left Fort Lauderdale, Fla. en route to Cuba to pick up citrus growers who were on a tour. The pilot radioed to Havana of problems then, eight minutes later, the plane disappeared off radar screens. No wreckage was ever found.

1979 – The Boeing 707 disappeared over the Pacific Ocean about 30 minutes after takeoff from Tokyo. All six people on board the plane are believed dead, but it was the plane’s other contents that drew attention. The plane was carrying 153 paintings worth more than $1.2 million.

1995 – The Twin Otter “Sangihe” went missing in bad weather while operating on a flight from Bima to Ruteng in Indonesia. The aircraft is believed to have crashed into the sea. Fourteen people on board are presumed dead.