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
Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, is shown in this undated file photo.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.