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The Malaysia Airlines plane—college research topic in aviation history

Malaysia Airlines airplanes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in front a Boeing 777. (Credit: Craig)

Malaysia Airlines airplanes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in front a Boeing 777. (Credit: Craig)

While air travel is safer than hitting the road in a car, there is always a risk of aircraft crashes. What is more unusual and shocking are the missing planes found throughout aviation history. The most recent disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane has left everyone baffled. What about other aircraft crashes and missing planes throughout the years — is there more to be discovered with a little research into aviation history?

Mysterious disappearance

Carrying 239 passengers on their way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Malaysia, Airlines Flight MH370 was last heard from March 7, 2014, at 2:40 p.m. local time (18:40 GMT Friday). When the plane went off the radar there was no distress signal and to date, no evidence of the plane or what happened to it has been found. Read more