30 Years After A Tragic Plane Crash, Investigators Discover THIS!

It really seems that plane crashes are happening more and more often these days. Almost once a week, there seems to be a news report on yet another flight that has disappeared over a rocky mountain range or a remote part of the ocean. But, one of the most tragic plane crashes of the last one hundred years took place in 1985, without much fanfare or a long investigation. Here’s the story of Eastern Airline Flight 980’s tragic demise, as well as some new developments in the case…

Keep reading to learn about this strange story — and just wait until you see the gross discovery on slide 3!


#12 The Trip

001-12-the-trip-858345On New Year’s Day in 1985, Eastern Airlines Flight 980 lifted off from Miami International Airport. It was bound of Asuncion, Paraguay — one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The two pilots, ten crew members, and nineteen passengers on board were expecting an uneventful flight. Unfortunately, that’s not quite what happened…

#11 The Crash

002-11-the-crash-858349At 8:38PM, the plane made contact with the control tower. All was well. They were thirty miles out from Asuncion, and were traveling at about 20,000 feet. The crew had just offered passengers refills on their drinks and were now preparing for landing. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the plane crashed into a mountain at 18,900 feet altitude.

#10 Mount Illimani

003-10-mount-illimani-858343The mountain that the plan slammed into was Mount Illimani, a mountain that sits close to the border of Bolivia and Paraguay. The particular site where Flight 980 crashed was on Bolivia’s side of the mountain. This led to some conflict over which country had to send investigation crews, but these problems were quickly resolved!

#9 The Search Begins

004-9-the-search-begins-858351After determining that the search and rescue efforts were Bolivia’s responsibility, that country’s government quickly dispatched their Air Force to attempt to locate any survivors. Unfortunately, fresh snow and an avalanche made it nearly impossible for anyone to live more than a few hours. That wasn’t the only issue with the expedition, though…

#8 Rough Terrain

005-8-rough-terrain-858353The area where the plane had crashed was frozen, rocky, and at an extremely high altitude. Despite specialized training, the Air Force troops dispatched to the scene commonly suffered altitude sickness. After just a few days of searching, it was determined that the expedition was too dangerous to continue. Thirty years later, two brave souls would try again…