Oceanic Airlines Flight 815
Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 was a scheduled flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, California, United States, on a Boeing 777 owned by Oceanic Airlines. Under mysterious circumstances, on September 22, 2004, the airliner, carrying 324 passengers, deviated from its original course, and mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. This is the central moment in the series Lost and the personal chronological beginning of the main characters’ exploits on the Island.
While flight 815’s physical breakup was due to Desmond Hume failing to enter the code into the Swan station computer in time, causing a large burst of electromagnetic energy, the true reason for the plane’s off-course deviation and arrival to the island’s airspace was Jacob, the supernatural entity who protects the island and brings “candidates” there to replace him as the protector of the Island. As Jacob would later explain to the remaining survivors, he did not “pluck any [of them] out of a happy existence,” instead specifically choosing flawed, lonely individuals like himself.
Two months later, wreckage presumed to be Oceanic Flight 815 was found in the Sunda Trench which is in the Indian Ocean near Bali, and all passengers were presumed dead. In reality, however, the discovered wreckage was staged by Charles Widmore. The real plane had suffered a mid-air break-up and crashed on an uncharted Island, with more than 69 passengers and 2 crew members surviving the crash itself. Later, six of those survivors made it off the Island and became known as the Oceanic Six.
By late 2007, the treacherous conditions of the island and the violent battles between passengers, the island’s inhabitants, and other factions have killed nearly every passenger of the plane. As of Lost’s finale episode, only Kate Austen, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes, James “Sawyer” Ford, Walt Lloyd, Rose Nadler, Bernard Nadler, Claire Littleton, Emma and Zach are confirmed to still be alive. Cindy Chandler is the only crew member of the flight to survive the series. Some of the survivors were able to escape on Ajira Flight 316 which they used to return to the Island after leaving, but Hurley became Protector of the Island and remained behind with Ben Linus to protect it. Rose and Bernard also stayed behind to live out the rest of their lives together, in harmony. Cindy, Emma and Zach also remained to live under Hurley’s guard.