Air France Flight May Join Aviation Mysteries

Crash likely to remain a puzzle as ocean currents shift debris over a vast area
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2009 1:00 AM CDT
Air France Flight May Join Aviation Mysteries
Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, is shown in this undated file photo.    (AP Photo)

As shifting ocean currents spread debris from Air France Flight 447 over a wider area, the chances rise that it will become one of aviation's unsolved mysteries. CNN rounds up some other biggies:

  • Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1937 while on a round-the-world flight.
  • Numerous aircraft have crashed mysteriously in the "Bermuda Triangle," including a team of five Navy bombers that disappeared in 1949 after getting disoriented.

  • Golfer Payne Stewart's Learjet lost cabin pressure and crashed in 1999, and investigators have never figured out why.
  • 132 people died when US Air Flight 427 crashed in Pennsylvania in 1994, and investigators don't know why its rudder failed.
  • Steve Fossett's crash in Nevada in 2007: Investigators found no problems with the plane, and the experienced aviator was flying through clear skies in an area he knew well.
(More Amelia Earhart stories.)

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