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* On the 8th of March 2014, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_370 a Boeing 777 airliner]] disappeared over the South China Sea. What followed is thought to be the largest Search-And-Rescue effort ever. And nothing's been found. Yet.

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* On the 8th of March 2014, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_370 a Boeing 777 airliner]] disappeared over the South China Sea. What followed is thought to be the largest Search-And-Rescue effort ever. And nothing's The aircraft still has not been found. Yet.found, the most evidence recovered being a couple small pieces of the plane being found washed ashore on the east coast of Africa three to five years later.


* ''Literature/AuroraCycle'': [[spoiler:The climax of the first book comes because Squad 312 decides to investigate mysterious quarantine planet Octavia III to find out what could have happened there that resulted in the colony there being {{unperson}}ed and, even more strangely, long-dead colonists turning up as [[StateSec GIA]] personnel, with their bodies overgrown by mysterious plant life.]]

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* ''Literature/AuroraCycle'': [[spoiler:The climax of the first book comes because Squad 312 decides to investigate mysterious quarantine quarantined planet Octavia III to find out what could have happened there that resulted in the colony there being {{unperson}}ed and, even more strangely, long-dead colonists turning up as [[StateSec GIA]] personnel, with their bodies overgrown by mysterious plant life.]]


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* This is the basic plot of several {{Tintin}} stories, particularly ''Recap/TintinTintinInTibet'', in which Tintin forms a search team to find his friend Chang in the Himalayas, although he's not even sure Chang is alive. Chang turns out to have been cared for by the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]]. In some other stories, Professor Calculus has the habit of being kidnapped, so Tintin and Captain Haddock, possibly accompanied by others, have to set off to find him.

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* This is the basic plot of several {{Tintin}} ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' stories, particularly ''Recap/TintinTintinInTibet'', ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]'', in which Tintin forms a search team to find his friend Chang in the Himalayas, although he's not even sure Chang is alive. Chang turns out to have been cared for by the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]]. In some other stories, Professor Calculus has the habit of being kidnapped, so Tintin and Captain Haddock, possibly accompanied by others, have to set off to find him.



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* A few of Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' follow plots of this type.

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* A few ''Literature/AuroraCycle'': [[spoiler:The climax of Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' follow plots of this type.the first book comes because Squad 312 decides to investigate mysterious quarantine planet Octavia III to find out what could have happened there that resulted in the colony there being {{unperson}}ed and, even more strangely, long-dead colonists turning up as [[StateSec GIA]] personnel, with their bodies overgrown by mysterious plant life.]]



* Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Literature/TeddyBearsPicnic'', which is essentially a retelling of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' with British characters and a few nasty surprises.
* In [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] ''Seventh Sword'' original trilogy, Wally Smith must find out what happened with his predecessor Shonsu so he doesn't repeat the same mistakes Sonshu made. Although his assignment isn't specifically to find out what happened, it's central to the plot. Wearing the same body that once belonged to Shonsu, but having none of Shonsu's memories doesn't help.
** In the recent sequel ''The Death of Nnanji'' the whole mess starts with groups of warriors (essentially well-armed cartographers) disappearing and Nnanji and then Shonsu leading armies to investigate. [[spoiler:Nnanji dies of old age decades after the last chapter, by the way.]]
* ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', by Creator/JosephConrad.

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* Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Literature/TeddyBearsPicnic'', which is essentially a retelling of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' with British characters and a few nasty surprises.
* In [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] ''Seventh Sword'' original trilogy, Wally Smith must ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (and its film adaptation ''Film/TheEagle2011''), two spies are despatched beyond TheGreatWall to investigate rumours that the standard of a LostRomanLegion has fallen into the hands of a hostile tribe, and if possible find out exactly what happened with his predecessor Shonsu so he doesn't repeat the same mistakes Sonshu made. Although his assignment isn't specifically to find out what happened, it's central to the plot. Wearing the same body that once belonged to Shonsu, but having none of Shonsu's memories doesn't help.
** In the recent sequel ''The Death of Nnanji'' the whole mess starts with groups of warriors (essentially well-armed cartographers) disappearing and Nnanji and then Shonsu leading armies to investigate. [[spoiler:Nnanji dies of old age decades after the last chapter, by the way.]]
* ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', by Creator/JosephConrad.
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* Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' starts out with an expedition to Mars to find out what happened to the last expedition. They find Michael, an earthling brought up by Martians, setting up the rest of the novel. Grok?
* In ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (and its film adaptation ''Film/TheEagle2011''), two spies are despatched beyond TheGreatWall to investigate rumours that the standard of a LostRomanLegion has fallen into the hands of a hostile tribe, and if possible find out exactly what happened to the legion in question.

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* Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' starts out with an expedition to Mars to find out what happened to the last expedition. They find Michael, an earthling brought up %%* ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', by Martians, setting up the rest Creator/JosephConrad.
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of the novel. Grok?
* In ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (and its film adaptation ''Film/TheEagle2011''), two spies are despatched beyond TheGreatWall to investigate rumours that the standard
Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' follow plots of a LostRomanLegion has fallen into the hands of a hostile tribe, and if possible find out exactly what happened to the legion in question.this type.


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* In [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] ''Seventh Sword'' original trilogy, Wally Smith must find out what happened with his predecessor Shonsu so he doesn't repeat the same mistakes Sonshu made. Although his assignment isn't specifically to find out what happened, it's central to the plot. Wearing the same body that once belonged to Shonsu, but having none of Shonsu's memories doesn't help.
** In the recent sequel ''The Death of Nnanji'' the whole mess starts with groups of warriors (essentially well-armed cartographers) disappearing and Nnanji and then Shonsu leading armies to investigate. [[spoiler:Nnanji dies of old age decades after the last chapter, by the way.]]
* Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' starts out with an expedition to Mars to find out what happened to the last expedition. They find Michael, an earthling brought up by Martians, setting up the rest of the novel. Grok?
* Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Literature/TeddyBearsPicnic'', which is essentially a retelling of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' with British characters and a few nasty surprises.


* In ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (and its film adaptation ''Film/TheEagle''), two spies are despatched beyond TheGreatWall to investigate rumours that the standard of a LostRomanLegion has fallen into the hands of a hostile tribe, and if possible find out exactly what happened to the legion in question.

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* In ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (and its film adaptation ''Film/TheEagle''), ''Film/TheEagle2011''), two spies are despatched beyond TheGreatWall to investigate rumours that the standard of a LostRomanLegion has fallen into the hands of a hostile tribe, and if possible find out exactly what happened to the legion in question.


* ''Film/{{Predator}}', though those participating don't actually know it. Their mission -- supposedly to rescue a cabinet minister shot down by guerillas -- is actually to find a special forces team that had been sent in to stop a guerilla offensive.

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* ''Film/{{Predator}}', ''Film/{{Predator}}'', though those participating don't actually know it. Their mission -- supposedly to rescue a cabinet minister shot down by guerillas -- is actually to find a special forces team that had been sent in to stop a guerilla offensive.


* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''{{Congo}}'', the protagonists are sent on a follow-up expedition to Africa after the original team was mysteriously killed by apes in the heart of the Congo.

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* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''{{Congo}}'', ''Literature/{{Congo}}'', the protagonists are sent on a follow-up expedition to Africa after the original team was mysteriously killed by apes in the heart of the Congo.

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* In the first episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', a prison transport encounters an unidentified ship floating dead in space. After the first two parties sent to investigate fail to return, the captain assembles a team of disposable prisoners to investigate. This group contains the founding members of the eponymous seven, who take command of the deserted ship and escape.

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* Part of the episode "Curse of the Ourang Medan" in ''WebVideo/BedtimeStoriesYoutubeChannel'' has a search party from the American freighter ''Silver Star'' send in some of their crew to investigate, and later recover, the titular GhostShip. Needless to say, they were in for quite a shock.
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** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', "Terra Nova". A Vulcan ship is sent into the Expanse to find the ''Seleya'', and ends up suffering the same fate before the NX-01 Enterprise stumbles across them.

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** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', "Terra Nova"."Impulse". A Vulcan ship is sent into the Expanse to find the ''Seleya'', and ends up suffering the same fate before the NX-01 Enterprise stumbles across them.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'': This is the reason Samus is dispatched to Aether: the Federation lost contact with the GFS ''Tyr'', a ship full of Marines sent to the planet, and needed someone to investigate. By the time Samus gets there, all of the Federation troops are dead, their corpses occasionally possessed and puppeted by the Ing.


* This is the plot of ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', fifth novel of ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' by C.S. Lewis. When the usurping King Miraz was killing off his various political rivals and potential rebels, he got rid of seven noblemen by convincing them to go sailing off into the blue (an uncharted ocean), and as he hoped they were never seen again. After overthrowing Miraz, one of King Caspian's two goals in his eastward voyage is to find the seven lords, or at least learn their fates.

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* This is the plot of ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', fifth novel of ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' by C.S. Lewis. When the usurping King Miraz was killing off his various political rivals and potential rebels, he got rid of seven noblemen by convincing them to go sailing off into the blue (an uncharted ocean), and as he hoped they were never seen again. After overthrowing Miraz, one of King Caspian's two goals in his eastward voyage is to find the seven lords, or at least learn their fates.


* A few of Creator/RayBradbury's ''TheMartianChronicles'' follow plots of this type.

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* A few of Creator/RayBradbury's ''TheMartianChronicles'' ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' follow plots of this type.

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