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FIVE FLIGHTS LOST TO HISTORY

May 25, 2003: Ben Charles Padilla takes off from Angola's main airport in an aging Boeing 727. That was the last known sighting.

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Aug. 25, 1989: Pakistan International Airlines says a plane that disappeared with 54 people, including two Americans, is presumed to have crashed and killed all aboard. The biggest air and ground search in Pakistan's history has failed to turn up a trace of the plane, a twin-engine Fokker 27.

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March 15, 1962: The Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, which had originated in California, takes off from Guam en route to Saigon with 107 passengers, including 93 U.S. Army Rangers. It loses radio contact and disappears. Its fate was never determined.

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Dec. 5, 1945: Flight 19 was the designation of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared during a U.S. Navy overwater navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale. All 14 airmen were lost.

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July 2, 1937: While trying to fly around the world, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared between Lae, New Guinea, and Howland Island. The $4 million search effort lasted until July 19, 1937, but found nothing. Earhart was declared dead on Jan. 5, 1939.

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