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List: Commercial aircraft found after being missing for over one year
5 August 2015

On July 29, 2015 a flaperon was found on the shore of the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. This appeared to be part of flight MH370, the Boeing 777 that went missing without a trace on March 8, 2014.

The Aviation Safety Network database shows there have been several other commercial aircraft that were found after more than 12 months. The main difference with the case of MH370 is that in all other cases the entire wreckage, or what was left of it, was found. For MH370 just one part of the aircraft has thus far been located.

 

Date missing Aircraft type Operator Location Flight type Period until first find
2 Aug. 1947 Avro Lancastrian BSAA Argentina Passenger 52 yrs, 5 mo
28 April 1947 Lockheed 18 TCAL Canada Passenger 47 yrs, 5 mo
15 August 1976 Vickers Viscount SAETA Ecuador Passenger 26 yrs, 2 mo
9 April 1948 DC-3 SCOLTA Colombia Cargo 11 yrs, 2 mo
19 Oct. 1990 DC-3 BAFIN Bolivia Cargo ca 6 yrs
4 Jan. 2008 Let L-410 Transaven Caribbean Sea Passenger 5 yrs, 5 mo
29 Oct. 1948 Lockheed 14 corporate Mediterranean Sea Executive 5 yrs, 2 mo
29 July 2007 Antonov 12 Business&Cargo Co. D.R. Congo Cargo 5 yrs, 1 month
23 April 1979 Vickers Viscount SAETA Ecuador Passenger ca 5 yrs
22 March 1952 DC-3 Maritime Central Aw. Canada Cargo 1 yrs, 5 mo (523 days)
8 March 2014 Boeing 777-200 Malaysia Airlines Indian Ocean Passenger 1 yrs, 4 mo (508 days)
14 Sept. 1954 Lockheed 414 John Fairfax & Sons Australia Cargo 1 yrs, 3 mo (464 days)
4 Nov. 1940 Ju-52/3m LAB Bolivia Passenger 1 yrs, 2 mo (ca 423 days)
Locations were the missing aircraft went down.

Locations were the missing aircraft went down.