Another plane like Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished with GPS trackingPosted: March 17, 2014
844AA. Picture: Wikipedia Source: Supplied
IN an age of constant information, the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been dubbed the biggest mystery in aviation history. A plane of its size has never dropped out of the sky. Or has it?
In 2003, a Boeing 727 jet also disappeared. It was the largest aircraft to ever vanish without a trace. This plane, like MH370, had all the mod cons and was fitted with GPS.
A crew member looks out the windows from a Malaysian air force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: AFP
At Luanda airstrip, Angola, an American engineer Ben Charles Padilla and his new Congolese assistant John Mikel Mutantu, boarded the Boeing 727. It had the tail number 844AA. The men were meant to get the plane in shape for its next flight.
Neither engineer had a commercial pilot’s license or permission to be in the cockpit — yet suddenly the 153-foot plane taxied to the runway and took off.
Just before its sunset takeoff, the aircraft’s headlights and transponders were switched off.
Both men failed to answer calls from air controllers.
Authorities watched as the jet headed southwest towards the Atlantic Ocean. It was the last sighting of 844AA.
Search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: Getty Images
Some of the theories thrown around share eerie similarities with the conspiracies involving MH370.
It was just two years after 9/11 and the war on terror was at its height. Many considered the possibility 844AA had been hijacked for later use by terrorists waiting on board and the plane had been stashed somewhere. Others believed it could have landed at a remote hanger and was being sold for parts. While some thought it could have simply crashed into the ocean.
Indonesian national search and rescue agency personnel watch over high seas during a search operation for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Source: AFP
Government organisations — such as the FBI, the CIA and the US Departments of State and Homeland Security — searched far and wide, yet uncovered nothing.
The weeks turned into months and the months into years. Then ten years on, another plane disappeared. This time with 239 people on board. It was MH370.
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