List of missing aircraft

This list of missing aircraft includes aircraft that have disappeared and whose locations are unknown. According to Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an aircraft is considered to be missing "when the official search has been terminated and the wreckage has not been located".[1] However, there still remains a "grey area" on how much wreckage needs to be found for a plane to be declared "recovered". This list does not include every aviator, or air passenger that has ever gone missing as these are separate categories.

Amelia Earhart's missing modified Lockheed Model 10 Electra

In the tables below, each missing aircraft is defined (in the Aircraft column) using one or more identifying features. If the aircraft was known by a custom or personalized name (e.g. Pathfinder), that name is presented first (in italics) followed by the aircraft type (in parentheses). The make of aircraft, although not necessarily a unique identifier, is also provided where appropriate. Aircraft registrations began to be used in the early 20th century for individual identification, so this is also included in the later tables (in parentheses).


  •   Civilian flight (private, commercial and cargo)
  •   Military flight (patrol, training, transport, etc.)
  •   Some wreckage was found, but aircraft never declared "recovered"

19th centuryEdit

Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
December 28, 1856 Ville de Paris
(hot air balloon)
(Matías Pérez)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Straits of Florida)
The Cuban expression: Voló como Matías Pérez (meaning "He flew like Matias Perez") has since been used on occasions when a person wants make emphasis about some other missing person or object.[2]
September 28, 1879 Pathfinder
(hydrogen balloon)
(John Wise & George Burr)
Un­known United States
(Lake Michigan)
The body of George Burr was later recovered from Lake Michigan.
December 10, 1881 Saladin
(hydrogen balloon)
(Walter Powell)
Loss of control North Atlantic Ocean
(Eype Mouth, UK)
Powell was MP for Malmesbury when he disappeared.
July 16, 1889 Campbell Dirigicycle
(demonstration flight)
1 Mechanical failure North Atlantic Ocean
(E. of Atlantic City, New Jersey)
This was one of Professor P. C. [Peter Carmant] Campbell's airships. The pilot was Edward D. Hogan (1852–1889).
July 14, 1897 Örnen (Eagle)
(attempted North Pole flight)
(S. A. Andrée, Knut Frænkel, and Nils Strindberg)
Loss of control Arctic Ocean
(North of Svalbard)
Andrée's Arctic balloon expedition

20th centuryEdit


Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
October 17, 1908 Pampero
(coal gas balloon)
(Eduardo Newbery & Eduardo Romero)
Un­known Argentina
(River Plate)
First Argentines ever to perish in an aircraft accident.
October 18, 1910 America
(non-rigid airship)
0 Engine failure North Atlantic Ocean
(W. of Bermuda)
Occupants rescued by merchant vessel after abandoning ship.
December 22, 1910 Cecil Grace
No. 3

(Short S.27)
(Cecil Grace)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(English Channel)
Returning from unsuccessful attempt at Baron de Forest Prize en route from Calais to Dover. Body possibly found on March 14, 1911.
June 5, 1911 Blériot XI 1
(Édouard Bague)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean, near Cap d'Antibes)
Attempted first flight across the Mediterranean.
April 18, 1912 Blériot XI 1
(Damer Leslie Allen)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Irish Sea, near Anglesey)
Attempted first flight from Wales to Ireland.
October 13, 1913 Blériot XI 1
(Albert Jewell)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(S. of Long Island, NY)
Intended to compete in the New York Times American Aerial Derby.
March 14, 1914 Manuel Rodríguez
(Sánchez-Besa biplane)
(Alejandro Bello Silva)
Unknown Chile
Bello was undertaking a military training flight to become a pilot.
May 23, 1914 Morane-Saulnier
(model unknown)
(Gustav Hamel)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(English Channel)
This plane was en route from Hardelot to Hendon Aerodrome. An unidentified corpse was found on July 6, 1914 that might have been Hamel's.[3]
November 7, 1916 LZ60
0 Storm loss North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea)
This Zeppelin was unmanned when it broke free of its mooring and drifted away.
October 17, 1918 Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane
0 Malfunction North Atlantic Ocean
(S. of Long Island, NY)
Unmanned test flight, last seen over the Naval Air Station Bay Shore at an altitude of 4,000 feet heading east.[4]
June 2, 1919 Sopwith Camel 1
(Mansell Richard James)
Unknown United States
(New England)
James was involved in an air race from Boston to New York City. Although wreckage was found, it was never positively identified.
December 9, 1919 Martinsyde
(type A Mk.I)
(Cedric Howell & George H. Fraser)
Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean, near St George's Bay, Corfu)
These two men were involved in an air race from England to Australia. The airframe & corpse of Cedric Howell (pilot) were eventually recovered.


Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
April 24, 1924 Fokker F.III (H-NABS) 3 Un­known Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea)
KLM passenger flight from Lympne to Rotterdam.[5]
May 5, 1927 Farman F.61 Goliath (F-ADFN) 4 Un­known Atlantic Ocean SGTA cargo flight from St. Louis to Petrolina. A Brazilian fisherman claimed to have found a wheel from the missing plane June 18th that year.[6][7]
May 8, 1927 L'Oiseau Blanc
(Levasseur PL.8)
(François Coli & Charles Nungesser)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean or Maine[8] This was an attempted transatlantic flight competing for the Orteig Prize.[9]
May 26, 1927 Airco DH.9
(John James Crofts Cocks & LAC Rowston)
Un­known Turkey
(Konya & Eskişehir or Kütahya & Bandırma)[11]
Cocks and Rowston left on a private flight on May 11 from Lahore, British India to Lympne, England.[12][13][14][15][16][17]
August 19, 1927 Dallas Spirit
2 Un­known North Pacific Ocean Competitor in Dole Air Race, searching for Miss Doran & Golden Eagle.
August 31, 1927 Saint Raphael
(Fokker F.VIIA)
(Frederick F. Minchin, Leslie Hamilton & Princess Anne of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(near Newfoundland)
Attempted transatlantic flight (east to west).
December 23, 1927 The Dawn
(Sikorsky S-36)
(Frances Wilson Grayson)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(near Nova Scotia)
Intended to attempt Newfoundland to London flight.
January 10, 1928 Aotearoa
(Ryan B-1 Brougham, G-AUNZ)
(John Robert Moncrieff & George Hood)
Un­known South Pacific Ocean
(Tasman Sea)
Departed from Sydney, Australia for Trentham, New Zealand. Radio signals ceased when the aircraft should have been about two hours out from New Zealand.
March 13, 1928 Endeavour
(Stinson SM-1 Detroiter)
(Walter G. R. Hinchliffe & Elsie Mackay)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean Attempted transatlantic flight (east to west).
May 25, 1928 Italia
Aldo Pontremoli, Umberto Nobile
Crash landing North Atlantic Ocean
(Barents Sea)
One person died in the crash, subsequent searches were unsuccessful.[18] Notable people who disappeared included Aldo Pontremoli.
June 18, 1928 Latham 47.02 6 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Barents Sea)
This group was searching for survivors of the missing airship Italia. Roald Amundsen and René Guilbaud were among the missing attempted rescuers.
September 6, 1928 R.1 Blackburn
3 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea)
Pilot Officer Samuel Hatton, Lt. Charles Sheldon Booth RN and Telegraphist Edmund George Bourke Grigson missing; No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight, HMS Argus.[19][20]
November 21, 1930 Dornier Do R4 Superwal (I-RONY) 6 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea)
SANA passenger flight from Barcelona to Marseille. Last known radio contact was at 09:40 off of Cap de Creus.[21]
February 1, 1932 Fairchild (model and registration unknown) 5 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Straits of Florida)
Disappeared during 45-minute Bimini Airlines flight from Miami to Bimini.[22]
May 30, 1932 de Havilland DH.60 Moth
2 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(near St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador)
Arthur Sullivan (pilot), Dr Kurt K. (Karl) Kuenhert vanished on pleasure flight.[24][25][26][27][28]
August 12, 1932 Avro 616 Avian IVM
2 Un­known Indian Ocean
(Gulf of Martaban)[30]
English planters, G.W. Salt and F.B. Taylor left for England on a pleasure flight.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38]
September 14, 1932 The American Nurse
(Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket, NR796W)
3 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(near Cape Finisterre, Spain)
Attempted New York City to Rome flight.
June 20, 1933 Cuatro Vientos
(Br.19 TF Super Bidon)
2 Un­known Mexico
(near Villahermosa)
The duo were on their final leg of the flight that went from Seville to Mexico City.
July 18, 1933 CMASA Wal
6 Ditching North Atlantic Ocean
(Aegean Sea)
Aero Espresso Italiana flight from Athens to Rhodes forced to ditch due to gale force winds. SAR operations by Greece and Italy were unsuccessful.[39][40]
December 3, 1934 Stella Australis
(Airspeed Envoy)
3 Fuel Starvation North Pacific Ocean
(near Hawaii)
Charles Ulm disappeared along with copilot G.M. Littlejohn and navigator/radio operator J.S. Skilling. It is most probable that the aircraft overflew Hawaii.
November 8, 1935 Lady Southern Cross
(Lockheed Altair)
(Charles Kingsford Smith & John T. Pethybridge)
Unknown Indian Ocean
(Andaman Sea)
Attempt to break the England to Australia speed record. Only the undercarriage leg and wheel has ever been found.
January 21, 1936 Dauphine (CAMS 53-1, F-AJIR) 6 Engine failure North Altantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea)
Air France passenger flight from Marseille to Ajaccio and Tunis. Vanished off of Corsica after sending a distress call.[41][42][43]
February 10, 1936 Ville de Buenos Aires
(Latécoère 301, F-AOIK)
6 Storm South Atlantic Ocean
(near Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago)
Notable people lost include Émile Barrière. The nonstop flight from Natal, Brazil was operated by Air France.
February 15, 1936 Tornado
(Dornier Do J-2F Bos Wal, D-ADYS)
4 Un­known South Atlantic Ocean Lost during a Deutsche Lufthansa cargo flight from Natal to Bodensee via Bathurst.[44][45]
December 7, 1936 Croix-du-Sud
(Latécoère 300)
5 Engine failure
South Atlantic Ocean A final incomplete radio message reported engine failure minutes after the last position report. Notable lost passengers included Jean Mermoz.
February 15, 1937 Blackburn Shark[46]
3 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea)
The crew of this military patrol included Sub-Lt George Eric Lake, Lt Roderick W. MacDonald, & Telegraphist William H. Currie. They were all from the 821st Naval Air Squadron Fleet Air Arm of HMS Courageous.[48][49][50]
July 2, 1937 Lockheed Electra 10E
(NR 16020)
(Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan)
Fuel Starvation
(most likely)
Central Pacific Ocean
(Numerous theories exist on location)
This is perhaps one of the most famous aerial disappearances of all time. Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were on their antepenultimate leg of an attempted round-the-world flight when they went missing. At the time, the search for Earhart was the largest of its kind in history.[51]
August 13, 1937 Bolkhovitinov DB-A
6 Unknown Arctic Ocean Sigizmund Levanevsky was among the passengers that went missing. This was an attempted long-distance flight from Moscow to Fairbanks, Alaska via the North Pole. Possible wreckage of the plane was sighted on the sea floor in 1999.
April 4, 1938 Vickers Vildebeest Mark II[52]
3 Unknown North Pacific Ocean
(Singapore Strait)
The flight crew consisted of Sgt. W.D.M. Roberts (pilot), AC1 E.J. Beisly & AC1 M.R. Hunter of No. 100 Sqn RAF, RAF Seletar, Singapore.[54]
April 17, 1938 Taylor Cub 1
(Andrew Carnegie Whitfield)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(near Long Island, United States)
This was a private flight.
July 28, 1938 Hawaii Clipper
(Martin M-130, NC14714)
15 Un­known North Pacific Ocean
(East of the Philippine coast)
August 6, 1938 Hawker Hector
1 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea off Blackhall Rocks)
Lost: P/O Douglas St Quentin Robinson, No. 13 Sqn RAF, RAF Odiham.[56][57][58]
August 8, 1938 Avro Anson
4 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea off Bridlington)
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.[55][56][58]
October 6, 1938 Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow
3 Storm
(possible lightning strike)
North Atlantic Ocean
(English Channel off Dungeness)
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.[60][61]
May 9, 1939 Westland Wallace
2 Fouling of tail by towing cable North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea)
Lost: P/O M.T. Lloyd & AC J. Flannery of No. 1 Air Armament School.[63]
August 9, 1939 Vickers Wellington I
5 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea)
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.[65]
August 11, 1939 Shalom
(Ryan C-2 Foursome)
2 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean NYC to Palestine flight by Betar activists Alex Loeb and Richard Decker.[66][67]
August 19, 1939 Supermarine Stranraer[68] 6 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(North Sea)
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.[69][70][71][72]


Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
March 1, 1940 Hannibal
(Handley Page H.P.42, G-AAGX)
8 Un­known Indian Ocean
(Gulf of Oman)
Four crew and four passengers were lost on this passenger flight.
November 27, 1940 SNCAC NC.223.4 (F-AROA) 7 Possible shootdown North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea off Teluada, Sardinia)
Lost during Marseille-Bizerte-Beirut-Damascus mail flight. Jean Chiappe was a passenger. Possibly strayed into battle zone.[73]
January 15, 1941 Savoia-Marchetti SM-75C (I-BAYR) 10 Ditching Atlantic Ocean
(off Fernando de Noronha)
LATI passenger flight from Natal to Sal. Pilot was forced to ditch after No. 2 (center) engine lost power and all cargo was dumped. No trace of plane found. (Other sources say flight was headed for Dakar.)[74][75]
July 8, 1943 Tachikawa Ki-77 8 Un­known Indian Ocean Attempted flight from Singapore to Sarabus[76] (now Hvardiiske, Crimea) The people lost consisted of five IJA passengers and three crew members which included Kenji Tsukagoshi. The flight was likely intercepted by RAF fighters over the Indian Ocean as data is known through decrypted communications.
February 21, 1944 Joachim Blankenburg (Junkers Ju-52/3m, D-AWAS) 16 Possible engine failure North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea within Aegean Sea off of Euboea, Greece)
Lost during a Deutsche Lufthansa passenger flight from Thessaloniki to Athens. Issued a pan-pan after having engine issues over the sea but no wreckage was recovered.[77]
July 26, 1944 Douglas C-54A Skymaster
26 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(SE of Greenland)
Military transport carrying wounded personnel. Lost passengers included Leon Vance.[78]
August 23, 1944 Beechcraft AT-10
2 Lost in a storm
Unknown Army and Air Force searched for missing plane by air and ground for days but no trace of the plane, pilot, or navigator were ever found. Those lost were Oma Gordon Capps & an unknown navigator.[79]
October 26, 1944 P-51 Mustang 1 Unknown North Pacific Ocean
(Santa Monica Bay)
On October 26, 1944 Gertrude Tompkins Silver departed from Mines Field (Los Angeles International Airport) for Palm Springs flying a North American P-51D Mustang destined for New Jersey, but she never arrived at Palm Spring. Silver is the only known Women Airforce Service Pilots member to go missing during World War II.[80]
December 15, 1944 UC-64 Norseman
3[81] Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(English Channel)
No trace of the aircrew, passengers or plane found, possibly overflew bomb jettisoning area. Lost: Glenn Miller, F/O John Morgan & Lt. Col. Norman F. Baessell.[81]
January 22, 1945 Douglas C-47A-80-DL
1 Un­known China
(80 kilometers (50 miles) from Lüliang)
C-47 transport headed from Chihchiang to Ganzhou. Turned back after encountering poor weather but was told to dump their load and go to Chanyi. A freighter pilot saw the crew bail out but the wreckage could not be located. 3 of the 4 occupants returned on the 29th but the fourth was never seen again.[82]
February 26, 1945 C-87A Liberator Express
(41-24174, c/n 969)
3+ Unknown Central Pacific Ocean Military transport flight piloted by F. E. Savage disappeared for unknown reasons. There were known safety issues with the aircraft type that might have played a factor. The exact number of passengers lost is unknown, but at least three were identified to have been on the flight. Two of the passengers were Millard Harmon and James Roy Andersen.[83][84]
March 27, 1945 Commando
(Liberator B Mk II (LB-30), AL504)
7+ Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(near Azores)
At least seven passengers including Sir Peter Drummond were lost when this military transport flight went missing.
June 15, 1945 Douglas C-47A (81) 3 Un­known Within China Disappeared on a CNAC cargo flight between Yunnanyi and Suifu.[85]
October 7, 1945 Avro Lancaster
25 Mid-air explosion
North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea near Corsica)
Main article: Lancaster PA278 disappearance
A second Lancaster flying with PA278 saw an explosion at 04:40 GMT. Both were transporting military personnel.
October 20, 1945 Douglas C-47B
25 Unknown Indian/Pacific Ocean
(Timor Sea)
Main article: 1945 Dakota A65-83 disappearance
Flight was transporting wounded military personnel.[86]
December 5, 1945 TBM Avenger (5 planes) 14 Fuel starvation
North Atlantic Ocean
(off east coast of Florida)
Main article: Flight 19
Five TBM Avengers carrying 14 people went missing as the result of a presumed navigational error. This was widely covered in the news at the time, and helped to contribute to the Bermuda Triangle myth.
December 5, 1945 Martin PBM-5 Mariner
(BuNo 59225)
13 Mid-air explosion
North Atlantic Ocean
(off east coast of Florida)
This was a search and rescue mission that was looking for the missing TBM Avengers (see above).
February 10, 1946 Röd Niklas
(Saab 18, 18180)
3 Emergency landing in bad weather
Military ferry-flight from Halmstad to Kalixfors outside Kiruna which included pilot Håkan Gunnar Hoffberg, aerial scout Karl Einar Carlsson, and signalist Alf Stig Einar Andersson. It is thought the plane may be in a bog in the Swedish province of Jämtland.[87]
March 23, 1946 Avro Lancastrian
10 Un­known Indian Ocean Qantas passenger flight with five crew and five passengers missing en route from Negombo to the Cocos, one leg of a flight from the UK to Australia.[88]
August 6, 1947 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (34032) 20 Un­known Within Alaska Disappeared while carrying an Army-Navy football team from Kodiak to Dutch Harbor.[89]
January 30, 1948 Star Tiger
(Avro Tudor Mark IV, G-AHNP)
31 Lost in a storm
North Atlantic Ocean Main article: BSAA Star Tiger disappearance
 • Notable missing passengers included Arthur Coningham.
August 1, 1948 Lionel de Marnier
(Latécoère 631, F-BDRC,)
52 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean Main article: Air France Flight 072
October 12, 1948 Ilyushin Il-12
10 Un­known Azerbaijan
(Caucasus Mountains near Yevlakh)
Main article: 1948 Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-12 crash
November 4, 1948 Douglas C-47A-DK
17 Un­known Pacific Ocean
(off of Cape Spencer)
Pacific Alaska Air Express passenger flight from Yakutat to Annette Island. Last communication was received at 05:10 reporting they were at 10,000 feet 146 miles SE of Yakutat.[90]
December 28, 1948 Douglas DC-3DST-144
32 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(off east coast of Florida)
Main article: 1948 Airborne Transport DC-3 (DST) disappearance
January 17, 1949 Star Ariel
(Avro Tudor Mark IVB, G-AGRE,)
20 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean Main article: BSAA Star Ariel disappearance
January 26, 1950 Douglas C-54D Skymaster
44 Unknown Canada
(Yukon, near Snag)
Main article: 1950 Douglas C-54D disappearance
June 23, 1950 Douglas DC-4 58 Unknown United States
(Lake Michigan, NW of Benton Harbor)
Main article: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501
March 23, 1951 Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
53 Fire on board
North Atlantic Ocean
(near Shannon, Ireland)
Main article: 1951 Atlantic C-124 disappearance
 • An onboard fire of unknown origin prompted the pilots to ditch. When the USCSC Casco reached the ditching site a day later, the aircraft and its occupants could not be found.
July 21, 1951 Douglas DC-4
37 Un­known United States
Main article: 1951 Canadian Pacific Air Lines DC-4 disappearance
February 2, 1953 Avro York
39 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean Main article: 1953 Skyways Avro York disappearance
April 1, 1953 Miles M.38 Messenger 2A
2 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(Irish Sea)
Private flight piloted by Rodney R. Matthews-Naper with passenger Walter Bradley.[91][92][93] Possible debris from their plane was sighted from the air, west of Isle of Man.[91]
November 23, 1953 F-89C Scorpion
2 Unknown Canada
(Lake Superior)
Fighter jet piloted by Felix Moncla that was deployed to intercept an unusual object that had been detected via radar. Moncla and the radar operator Robert L. Wilson were lost. While theories range from vertigo to an encounter with a UFO, no trace of the aircraft has ever been found. There is a memorial to Moncla at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Moreauville LA.
October 30, 1954 Lockheed C-121 Constellation
42 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(off east coast of Maryland)
United States Navy Flight 57, disappeared off Maryland with 42 passengers and crew.[94]
January 31, 1956 North American B-25J Mitchell
2 Fuel starvation United States
(Monongahela River, Pennsylvania)
The aircraft ditched in the Monongahela River due to fuel starvation while transporting military personnel. Both crew members were lost, and the airframe has never been found.
March 10, 1956 Boeing B-47 Stratojet
3 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea)
Main article: 1956 B-47 disappearance
 • Nuclear weapons material lost in incident.
April 22, 1956 McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
1 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(off Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)
The aircraft inexplicably dropped out of formation and descended through clouds during a military ferry flight. No trace of the aircraft or pilot was ever found.[95]
October 10, 1956 Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster 59 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(near Land's End, United Kingdom)
Main article: 1956 Atlantic R6D-1 disappearance
A 14-day search for the aircraft and survivors found only wheels and a life raft floating 596 km (370 miles) southwest of Land's End.
March 22, 1957 Boeing C-97C Stratofreighter
67 Unknown North Pacific Ocean
(near Tokyo, Japan)
Military transport carrying 10 crew and 57 passengers went missing.[96]
November 8, 1957 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-29 44 Unknown Central Pacific Ocean Main article: Pan Am Flight 7
Last contact with the aircraft was a routine radio transmission between the pilot and a US Coast Guard cutter performing radar surveillance duty at Ocean Station November, located at the approximate halfway point between the mainland and the island of Oahu.
January 19, 1958 Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter
7 Unknown Pacific Ocean
(off Honolulu)
7 crew missing; debris found 277 mi southwest of Honolulu was confirmed to be from the aircraft.
February 20, 1958 Lockheed WV-2 Super Constellation
22 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(near Azores)
Military (airborne radar patrol) flight.[97]
September 29, 1958 Avro 685 York I
5 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea)
An MEA cargo flight disappeared en route from Beirut to London before a stopover in Rome.[98]
November 8, 1958 Douglas DC-3
3 Un­known Bolivia
(near La Paz)
Cargo plane operated by Transporte Aéreo Militar.[99]
November 9, 1958 Martin PBM-5 Mariner
36 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(near Portugal)
Aero-Topográfica (ARTOP) flight from Lisbon to Funchal. The flight departing at 12:23 and the last radio transmission, received at 13:21, was "QUG", meaning
"I am forced to land immediately."[100][101]
October 28, 1959 Cessna 310
3 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Gulf of Mexico)
Private flight piloted by Camilo Cienfuegos.


Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
July 10, 1960 Douglas C-47
16 Un­known Indian Ocean
(Persian Gulf, near Sharjah, UAE)
This Gulf Aviation flight from Doha made up of 3 crew, and 13 passengers either crashed at sea or overflew its destination (Sharjah) causing CFIT.[102]
February 3, 1961 Douglas C-47A 26 Un­known Central Pacific Ocean
(near Madura Island, Indonesia)
Main article: Garuda Indonesia Flight 542
5 crew and 21 passengers were reported missing.[103]
February 18, 1961 North American FJ-4 Fury
(Routing Mission)
1 Unknown North Pacific Ocean
(near the Philippines)
1 crew was reported missing ‘’sortied’’ from USS Lexington (CV-16).[104]
November 11, 1961 Lockheed
L-749A Constellation

3 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Caribbean Sea E of Puerto Rico)
This was a cargo flight, operated by Air Haiti International from San Juan to Managua.
February 12, 1962 De Havilland Dragonfly ZK-AFB 5 Un­known New Zealand
(Milford Sound)
The first of five aircraft to have disappeared in the area.[105]
March 16, 1962 Lockheed
L-1049H Constellation
107 Mid-air explosion
North Pacific Ocean
(near Guam)
Main article: Flying Tiger Line Flight 739
Military transport.
January 2, 1964 Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
9 Unknown North Pacific Ocean One passenger was lost in this military transport flight.
March 28, 1964 Douglas C-54A Skymaster
9 Engine fire
North Pacific Ocean The aircraft involved had previously been used in the movie The High and the Mighty (1954).[106][107]
August 12, 1964 Cessna 210A
(Charles Clifford Ogle)
Un­known United States
(Sierra Nevada, California)
Private flight.
October 18, 1965 Boeing 307B-1 Stratoliner
13 Anti-aircraft fire
North Pacific Ocean
(near Hanoi)
On board were four crew members, and nine international delegation members of the ICSC. A study done in 1996 concluded that the aircraft was most likely shot down by a North Vietnamese military unit.[108]
June 9, 1965 Fairchild C-119F Flying Boxcar
9 Unknown North Atlantic Ocean
(near the Bahamas)
Four of those lost were mechanics being transported to Grand Turk Island to repair a C-119.[109]
November 3, 1965 Douglas C-54 68 Engine fire Costa Rica
(Cordillera de Talamanca)
Main article: 1965 Argentine Air Force C-54 disappearance
25 lifebuoys, personal belongings and some wreckage were found in Bocas del Toro Archipelago, but the airplane or bodies were never recovered.[110][111]
July 11, 1966 Curtiss C-46D Commando
8 Un­known Near Cerro el Planchon, Chile en route from Bogota, Colombia to Buenos Aires, Argentina This was a cargo flight.
July 25, 1966 Douglas DC-3
3 Un­known Pacific Ocean 840 km off the US coast Delivery flight.
June 5, 1968 Lockheed A-12
(A-12 Aircraft No. 129)[112][113][114]
1 Un­known Philippine Sea, on a flight from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa This was an engine replacement check flight. Lost: CIA pilot Jack W. Weeks. Scheduled as last operational A-12 flight from Kadena.[114]
March 9, 1969 Douglas DC-4
3 Un­known N Atlantic en route from Halifax International Airport to Santa Maria Airport (Azores) This was a cargo flight.
June 5, 1969 Rivet Amber
(Boeing RC-135)
19 Unknown Bering Sea en route from Shemya AFB, AK to Eielson AFB, AK, ca 400km E of Shemya Flight to maintenance facility.
September 21, 1970 Free Life
(Rozière balloon, N2079)
3 Emergency landing in bad weather
N Atlantic approx 1000km SE of Newfoundland Attempted transatlantic flight (first by balloon).
January 25, 1971 Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander
5 Un­known Over Lake Champlain, VT (presumed) en route from Burlington International Airport, VT to T. F. Green Airport, Providence, RI Plane operated by Cousins Properties.[115]
June 13, 1971 Boeing EC-135N
24 Unknown Pacific Ocean, 113km S of Hawaii, near Palmyra Atoll en route from Pago Pago to Hickam Air Force Base Military observation flight returning from French nuclear test Encelade.
February 11, 1972 Douglas C-54A-DO
23 Shootdown Laos
(between Savannakhet and Vientiane)
Royal Air Lao passenger flight. Last radio contact at 13:20.[116]
May 26, 1972 Lockheed P-3A Orion
8 Unknown Pacific Ocean off California, on a routine training mission based at Moffett Federal Airfield Military training flight.[117]
July 20, 1972 Canadair CC-106 Yukon
5 Un­known En route from Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile Cargo flight
October 16, 1972 Cessna 310C
4 Un­known Alaska en route from Anchorage to Juneau Among the passengers on this flight were US House of Representatives Nick Begich and Hale Boggs.
January 10, 1974 Douglas DC-4
24 Un­known 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 Operated by Transporte Aéreo Militar.
February 16, 1974 Beech 95/B55 Baron
2 Un­known Queensland en route from Gladstone to Longreach
February 21, 1974 Light Heart
(superpressure balloon)
(Thomas Leigh Gatch, Jr.)
Un­known 1610km W of the Canaries en route from Harrisburg Airport, PA to W Europe Attempted transatlantic flight (first by balloon). The last radio contact with Gatch saying that he was 1,490 km NE of San Juan, PR on February 19 is disputed.
October 12, 1974 Swan 38
(Lockheed WC-130, 65-0965)
6 Un­known South China Sea Weather reconnaissance aircraft lost during Typhoon Bess (1974).
September 24, 1976 Curtiss C-46D Commando
2 Un­known Caribbean Sea off Aruba en route to Queen Beatrix International Airport This was a cargo flight that might have been lost on September 16th rather than the 24th.
November 5, 1976 Douglas DC-3
2 Un­known Caribbean Sea en route from Willemstad, Curaçao to Port-au-Prince, Haiti Cargo flight.
June 30, 1977 Lockheed L-188CF Electra
4 Un­known Caribbean Sea 65 km off Bocas del Toro, Panama en route from San José, Costa Rica to Caracas, Venezuela One passenger, and three crew members were lost on this cargo flight.[119]
August 16, 1978 Cessna 180 ZK-BMP 4 Un­known Lake McKerrow, New Zealand
September 21, 1978 Douglas DC-3
4 Un­known N Atlantic off Ft Lauderdale, FL en route from Ft Lauderdale to Havana, Cuba Aircraft flying to pick up passengers in Havana.[120]
October 21, 1978 Cessna 182L
(Frederick Valentich)
Un­known Bass Strait, vicinity of Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia (as reported by pilot) No radar confirmation of the pilot-reported position. Theories of the disappearance range from the pilot being deceived by the illusion of a tilted horizon, to a UFO encounter as shown on Unsolved Mysteries.
October 22, 1978 Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander (H4-AAC) 11 Fuel starvation Pacific Ocean near Bellona, Solomon Islands Lost during a Solomon Airlines flight from Bellona to Honiara when the pilot turned back due to weather and became disoriented. Plane ditched while still in radio contact but not recovered.[121]
December 8, 1978 Douglas DC-6A/B
3 Un­known Over the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia on a cargo flight from Bogota to Trinidad, Casanare Cargo flight.[122]
December 29, 1978 Piper Cherokee Six ZK-EBU 7 Un­known Milford Sound, New Zealand
January 30, 1979 Boeing 707-323C 6 Un­known Pacific Ocean 200 km ENE of Tokyo Main article: Varig Flight 967
Cargo flight which carried 53 of Manabu Mabe's paintings which were lost.
July 7, 1979 Socata Rallye 235GT
3 Un­known Vicinity of Woody Island (Alaska) en route from Anchorage to Kodiak Among the missing is Ian Mackintosh.[123]


Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
October 3, 1980 Douglas DC-3 (C-47A)
2 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea)
This aircraft had been previously decommissioned with a provisional and limited airworthiness certificate. The intention was to eventually ferry this aircraft to an aviation museum, but this was cut short by an unauthorized take off. The runway used was unrated (possibly damaging), and the plane had no working radio equipment.[124]
April 21, 1981 Douglas C-53 Skytrooper
4 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Mediterranean Sea off Port d'Andratx)
August 9, 1981 Cessna 210M
5 Instrument failure
(Barrington Tops National Park)
Main article:1981 Barrington Tops Cessna 210 disappearance
February 13, 1983 Learjet 35A
(Upali Wijewardene)
Un­known Indian/Pacific Ocean
(Strait of Malacca)
Operated by Upali Air. On February 19, a survival pack was found that was apparently from the aircraft.
July 30, 1983 Cessna 172K ZK-CSS 4 Un­known New Zealand
(Lake Tekapo)
September 2, 1983 Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
7 Un­known Canada
(British Columbia near Smithers)
Notable lost passengers include George Cogar.
October 31, 1984 Douglas C-47B-1-DL
4 Un­known North Pacific Ocean
(off Davao, Philippines)
Cargo flight en route from Davao to Manila.
September 16, 1985 Pitts S-2
(Art Scholl)
Flat spin North Pacific Ocean
(off Carlsbad, United States)
Accident occurred during filming for Top Gun (1986). The aircraft involved entered into a fatal flat spin, but the cause was never determined.
March 25, 1986 Antonov An-32
7 Unknown Indian Ocean
(off Jamnagar, India)
Main article: 1986 Indian Air Force An-32 disappearance
Delivery flight operated by Indian Air Force.[126]
August 3, 1986 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 13 Lost in a storm North Atlantic Ocean
(Caribbean Sea)
Main article: LIAT Flight 319
Operated by LIAT.[127]
December 4, 1987 Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander
4 Un­known Canada
(British Columbia near Mount Waddington)
January 17, 1989 Douglas C-47A Skytrain
5 Un­known Bolivia
(near La Paz)
August 25, 1989 Fokker F27 Friendship 54 Un­known Pakistan
(Himalayan mountain range)
Main article: Pakistan International Airlines Flight 404
Probably crashed into the Himalayan mountains, no wreckage was ever found.[130]
May 17, 1990 Cessna 150H
2 Loss of control North Pacific Ocean
(off Santa Barbara, United States)
Disappeared during night touch-and-go landing practice at nearby Santa Barbara Municipal Airport. The aircraft's wheel chocks and a few other items were recovered. Officially attributed to loss of control and the pilot's lack of night flying experience.[131]
September 11, 1990 Boeing 727
(1990 Faucett Perú 727 disappearance)
16 Fuel starvation
North Atlantic Ocean
(off Cape Race, Canada)
On September 11, 1990, a Faucett Boeing 727-247 went missing some 180 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. After having been leased to Air Malta, the aircraft was being returned to Peru from Europe via Iceland, when the crew reported a low fuel notice and that they were preparing to ditch. There were no survivors among 16 occupants on board.[132]
October 25, 1991 Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk. III-2 (PK-KTC) 17 Un­known Tumbang Miri, Indonesia Lost during a Bali International Air Service flight from Palangka Raya to Sampit. Was holding in the Sampit area due to weather but failed to land.[133]
January 10, 1995 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
(Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 6715)[134]
14 Un­known Indian Ocean
(Savu Sea)
en route from Bima Airport to Satartacik Airport, Ruteng
November 8, 1997 Cessna 180 ZK-FMQ 1 Un­known New Zealand
(Waiatoto River)
December 22, 1997 Antonov An-72
5 Un­known South Atlantic Ocean Cargo flight en route from Port Bouet Airport, Côte d'Ivoire to Rundu Airport, Namibia.[135]

21st centuryEdit


Date Aircraft People missing Type of incident Location (assumed) Remarks
May 25, 2003 Boeing 727-223
(Ben C. Padilla & John M. Mutantu)
Theft (presumed) Un­known Stolen at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, it is unclear how many people were aboard.[136]
November 1, 2008 Beechcraft King Air 65-A90-1(U-21)
3 Un­known Guyana
(Near Georgetown)
Lost: 3 crew. Aircraft vanished over a remote part of the Guyana jungle.[137]
December 15, 2008 Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2
12 Un­known Atlantic Ocean
(Caribbean Sea off Turks and Caicos)
Línea Aérea Puertorriqueña (LAP) passenger flight from Santiago de los Caballeros to Mayaguana. Pilot contacted Providenciales ATC at 17:06 reporting an emergency. The pilot's license had been suspended in October 2006.[138]
June 10, 2010 Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
0 Hijacking and theft Un­known 45-minute Aerodiana sightseeing flight of the Nazca Lines, departing 07:10, with 9 occupants (2 crew, 7 passengers). A number of passengers used false identities. Pilot and copilot were released 21 days later but the plane was never returned nor found.[139]
January 2, 2011 Robinson R44
(Alejandro Ferzola)
Un­known Argentina En route from Brandsen to Santa Teresita, Argentina
April 7, 2013 Beechcraft 1900C
(Jerry Krause)
Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(Near São Tomé International Airport)
Private flight.
March 8, 2014 Boeing 777-200ER
(Malaysia Airlines Flight 370)
239 Unknown Indian Ocean Most evidence suggests that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean west of Australia.[140] While some debris was later recovered, the plane is still marked as missing.
December 28, 2014 Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
2 Un­known Guyana Cargo flight en route from Mahdia, Guyana to Karisparu, Guyana that failed to arrive at destination. Despite a 21-day search effort, no trace was found.[141]
July 22, 2016 Antonov An-32
(2016 Indian Air Force An-32 disappearance)
29 Unknown Indian Ocean
(Bay of Bengal)
Disappeared 280 km east of Chennai en route from Tambaram, India, to Port Blair, India.
June 8, 2017 PA-28-161 Warrior II
2 Un­known British Columbia Disappeared in the British Columbia Interior.[142] En route from Cranbrook, British Columbia to Kamloops, British Columbia.
December 2, 2018 Embraer EMB 720C Minuano
8 Un­known Brazil
(Amazon rainforest)
Disappeared during a flight from Matawaré, an isolated village in Brazil's Tumucumaque Mountains National Park, to Laranjal do Jari, a mining town in the state of Amapá. Contact was lost after the pilot reported losing a cylinder. A two-week search by the Brazilian Air Force and a weeks-long search by relatives of those on board failed to find any trace of the plane.[143]
February 1, 2019 Piper PA-32R 1 Un­known North Atlantic Ocean
(E. of Palm Beach, FL)
Disappeared en route from Lantana airport in Palm Beach to the Bahamas. A 24 hour search failed to turn up any trace of the plane or any debris. On April 8, 2019, the body of the pilot washed up on the Bahamas coast, but the aircraft and the passenger remain unaccounted for.[144]
April 9, 2019 F-35A 1 Unknown North Pacific Ocean
(Near Aomori Prefecture, Japan)
Some small pieces of the aircraft's tail were found, but the plane is still marked as missing. Contact was lost about 135 kilometers east of Misawa Air Base.[145][146]
September 13, 2019 MBB Bo 105 3 Unknown Russia
(Yakutia Region, Lake Ayama)
Missing en route.[147][148]

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