What Happened to The Boeing 727 N844AA?
Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:31 PM
Later in 2003 many people believe the plane was seen on a tarmac in New Guinea; with another possible sighting being that the aeroplane that crashed off West Africa early in 2004 was infact the missing 727 with a new tail number. Neither of these theories have panned out, and the plane - with at least two people onboard remains missing.
The plane, which used to fly for American Airlines but had been sold was converted to carry fuel. At the time it disappeared it had been sitting idle for some great time, and was in the process of being repossessed by its American Owners, the Aerospace Sales & Leasing Co. Indeed, the American believed to have been piloting the plane when it took off was employed by the company to oversee restorations and mechanical checks before the jet was to be returned. His name was Ben Padilla Jr.
Not only are the reasons for the aircrafts disappearance dubious, but it seems that since leaving the use of AA, the plane had a series of uses and owners with dubious intentions. It has not been proven that anything illegal had happened deliberately concerning the take off and disappearance, however during that time there were major terrorism fears due to 9 11, and the worst was initially projected.
However, there has been nothing, no confirmed plane sightings, no contact with Padillas family and no one has taken ownership as being behind the mystery.
The real question is, where do you hide a 153-foot, 200,000-pound aircraft - and why?
Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:28 AM
Padilla's family say he would have contacted them if he could - so he could be dead or being held captive. Would they hold anyone captive so long do you think?