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On 1 June 2009, Air France Flight 447 disappears over the Atlantic Ocean. It takes investigators 2 years to find the wreckage.
On February 21, 2008, on a flight from Mérida to Caracas, Venezuela, Santa Barbara Airlines Flight 518 crashes into a mountain shortly after take off. The crash site is difficult for investigators to reach. Even more difficult is determining the numerous causes of the crash.
On January 25, 2010, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 is traveling from Beirut to Addis Ababa. After the pilots are asked to change their heading, they comply, but the plane soon crashes into the Mediterranean. A witnessed explosion leads to an early suspicion of terrorism. But eventually a controversial explanation for the crash is reached.moreless
As the 2011 hockey season begins, a plane carrying a Russian hockey team prepares to leave for Minsk, Belarus. The plane fails to take off, hits a tower, and crashes into the Volga River. Everyone on board except the mechanic dies, and the Russian president demands an answer for the crash.moreless
On December 28, 1978, as the pilots of United Airlines Flight 173 attempt to fix a minor landing gear issue, all four engines suddenly fail. The plane crashes near Portland, Oregon, and 10 people die.
Shortly after American Airlines Flight 191 leaves Chicago on May 25, 1979, an engine falls off of the plane. 273 people are killed in the crash, and the incident prompts the FAA to ground every DC-10 in the United States until a reason is found for the plane breaking apart.
As the Polish President's plane approaches a Russian military airport, it crashes. Polish and Russian investigations reveal that the crash may be due to more than the pilot's decision to land in fog.
In 1956, two planes collide over the Grand Canyon, and all 128 people on board are killed. The investigation into the crash reveals a threat to the safety of aviation.
After TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes, looters make off with the flight data recorder making it difficult for investigators to determine why the plane crashed short of the runway.
SilkAir Flight 185 nosedives into a river in Sumatra's jungle. Investigators determine the crash may have been a deliberate act by the pilot.
The pilots of Singapore Airlines Flight 006 try to take off from Taiwan before a typhoon hits, but they lose control of the aircraft as it goes down the runway. Investigators first think that the wind may have blown the plane off course, but then they find tire tracks on a runway under construction.moreless
Shortly after leaving Miami for Atlanta, the pilots of ValuJet Flight 592 hear a noise. All of the mechanical systems fail, and there is a fire on board. Everyone on board dies when the plane crashes into the Everglades.
The propeller on Reeve Aleutian Airways Flight 8 breaks off and hits the fuselage. The pilots must struggle to land their plane with no way to control its speed or direction.