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Where Did Things Go Wrong for These Vanished Planes?


The inexplicable disappearance of MH370 shocked the world, but it wasn’t the first flight to vanish without a trace.

We’ve created a map that shows the presumed accident locations of all missing passenger flights since 1948. The data was compiled by the Aviation Safety Network, a private, independent initiative founded in 1996 that provides up-to-date information on airliner accidents and other safety concerns.

Watch “Why Planes Vanish” tonight (Wednesday, October 8) at 9/8c on PBS to learn more about MH370 and new technologies that could make tracking flights easier and more comprehensive—even in areas with no radar coverage.