Disappearances of whole aircraft is perhaps one of the most puzzling mysteries. From well-known names in history like Amelia Earhart to more recent and notorious aircraft like the MH370, these disappearances often leave multigenerational shock waves, and some of these mysteries have kept everyone guessing and theorising and experts scratching their heads.
What is our fascination with missing aircraft?
Everyone loves a good survival story; we were all brought up on tales of magnificent adventurers sojourning to uncharted lands, discovering something impossible and being faced with both internal and external challenges. The thrill of the mystery, and the conquering of something so wild and untamed seems to set off a curious frenzy in us. beyond this phenomenon though, we also have a slightly perverse fascination with an adventure gone wrong. The idea that someone flying a large metal piece of engineering through the sky could just drop off the face of the Earth? Some may call this fascination macabre, others simply just plain old curiosity. Freud theorised it as ‘the uncanny’; the notion that this sort of thing has happened before, like in the Bermuda triangle, and that somehow, all those who have vanished have ended up facing the same fate, or been propelled into an alternate reality (The theories we’ve seen online are nuts). Whatever you may think, our curiosity is palpable, and people have been known to spend hours, trawling through audio from the last recordings on a black box, or flight records.
The most famous missing pilot
Amelia Earhart has entered into our collective psyche as legend. Her story is one shrouded in intense mystery and has entered popular culture in all sorts of references. Despite aviation being mostly considered a male dominated field, when asked who the most famous pilot is, most people will probably have to say Amelia Earhart. She broke barriers and conventions by being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as well as breaking a number of other records. During an attempt of circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart, last seen in Lae, New Guinea, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. There were many theories circulating her disappearance, and the US government didn’t pronounce her as ‘presumed dead’ till 1939. It is still unclear as to what became of her, though some have suggested that she was taken as prisoner by the Japanese as she was actually a secret agent for the US government. It seems though that there is some idea as to what actually happened. With overcast skies, radio transmission issues and low fuel, it is likely that Earhart crash landed on an uninhabited island, possibly one called Nikumaroro where artifacts of tools and aircraft equipment have been discovered. These are all simply theories, and as yet none of them have been proven to be true. So, the mystery of what happened to the daring Earhart still remains just that, a mystery. But our fascination hasn’t ended; investigations and significant public interest in their disappearance still continue over eighty years later! Let us know your theory in the comments below! The whackier the better!