16 Most Mysterious Aviation Disasters in History

United Airlines Flight 585

Similar to Flight 427, Flight 585 was the probable result of a malfunctioned rudder power control unit. The crash was shocking due to the history of the flight crew. Captain Harold Green and First Officer Patricia Eidson had close to 14,000 flight hours combined and were some of the highest-regarded pilots that always followed procedure. All 25 crew and passengers died in the March 3rd, 1991 accident.

The initial investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, which concluded 21 months after the crash, couldn’t determine the cause, that is until the investigation was reopened after the Flight 427 incident a few years later. The plane was headed from Denver, Colorado, to Colorado Springs. Approaching the runway, the plane took a nosedive to the right and crashed into Widefield Park at a reported 245 miles per hour.

Amelia Earhart

All the way back on July 2nd, 1937, Earhart had the intention of becoming the first woman to fly around the world. Along with Captain Fred Noonan, the two mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while close to Howland Island in a Lockheed Electra 10E. Her last radio calls were on low fuel and she was unsure of her whereabouts, but felt like they arrived at the island. In actuality, she was approximately five nautical miles to the west.

Within an hour of her last broadcast, a search effort was ultimately unsuccessful in finding zero wreckage, debris, or Earhart and Noonan. She was declared dead two years later, but there is a large amount of conspiracy theories on the event. The most accepted is crashing in the water in a completely different area than she thought. Another is crashing over two hours away at Gardner Island.