AirAsia Flight: Planes Vanish, But Rarely Commercial Jets
One or two planes go missing every year, but commercial aircraft like AirAsia Flight QZ8501 rarely disappear.By Madison Burke | December 28, 2014
The newly missing AirAsia flight is the second major aircraft to vanish this year — and the third downed passenger jet. And while it's true that one or two planes go missing every year, commercial aircraft rarely disappear.
Since World War II, more than 80 aircraft have been declared missing. That's an average of 1.2 planes disappearing each year.
This map by Bloomberg shows where and when those planes went missing. Most of the aircraft were small private planes, unlike the large commercial jets we've seen disappear this year.