The Bermuda Triangle
Also known as the “Devil’s Triangle”, the Bermuda Triangle consists of a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is defined by points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. It stretches across less than a thousand miles on any one side. The triangle does not exist according to the US Navy and the name is not recognized by the US Board on Geographic Names.
This mysterious body of water is filled with incredible stories and rumors that if not supernatural are otherworldly. Is it possible that this imaginary triangle is evidence of extraterrestrial activity on our Planet? One thing is for sure, over the past century, the Bermuda Triangle has been “swallowing” vessels and disappearing airplanes and is blamed for the loss of hundreds of lives.
This part of the world is not unfamiliar with UFO sightings, strange lights and strange phenomena and well you have to admit it, the name itself is a bit spooky. The Bermuda Triangle.
But what causes airplanes and ships to disappear without a trace? Why does aeronautical equipment and navigational equipment malfunction? What can cause a compass to spin and give false readings? What makes the radio go silent and makes it impossible to communicate? Until today no logical explanation has been given to the events to this (in) famous location– The Bermuda Triangle.
Contrary to popular belief ships disappearing in this region is nothing new. Historical shipping records show that the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle are much older than many people realize, ever since the earliest days of oceanic exploration, sailors have witnessed strange lights and mysterious sightings.
Christopher Columbus was one of the first people to witness the mysteries of the Bermuda triangle. Being such an esoteric navigator and a well-respected sailor, his log sailing to the New World is very accurate and precise.
What is very interesting is the fact that when Columbus got into the area known as the Bermuda Triangle, he recorded having compass malfunctions, he saw a fireball crash into the ocean, he witnessed strange lights and odd weather phenomena when passing by this area so we know that the story of the Bermuda Triangle is not just some modern or urban myth but it is as old as there are accounts of people going into that area.
One of the more recent events connected to the Bermuda Triangle occurred on Dec. 5, 1945, when flight 19, a squadron of five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers, vanished into thin air during a routine training exercise. The planes were fully equipped and had been thoroughly checked before they departed from the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The squadron’s flight plan was scheduled to take them due east from Fort Lauderdale for 141 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 140-mile leg to complete the exercise. The flight never returned to base.
Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions.
Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard around 7:00 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel and that was the last contact with radio control.
By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast.
Flight 19’s scheduled navigation exercise on December 5, 1945: 1. Leave NAS Fort Lauderdale 14:10 on heading 091°, drop bombs at Hen and Chickens shoals (B) until about 15:00 then continue on heading 091° for 73 nautical miles (140 km) 2. Turn left to heading 346° and fly 73 nautical miles (140 km). 3. Turn left to heading 241° for 120 nautical miles (220 km) to end exercise north of NAS Fort Lauderdale. 4. 17:50 radio triangulation establishes flight’s position to within 50 nautical miles (93 km) of 29°N 79°W and their last reported course, 270°. 5. PBM Mariner leaves NAS Banana River 19:27. 6. 19:50 Mariner explodes near 28°N 80°W.
Before losing radio contact off the coast of southern Florida, Flight 19’s flight leader was reportedly heard saying: “Everything looks strange, even the ocean,” and “We are entering white water, nothing seems right.”
At 7:27p.m, two Martin Marinerplanes were sent to search the Flight-19, they were originally scheduled for their own training flights but were diverted to perform square pattern searches in the area west of 29°N 79°W. PBM-5 BuNo 59225 took off at 19:27 from Banana River Naval Air Station (now Patrick Air Force Base), called in a routine radio message at 19:30 and was never heard from again. The Navy board during the investigation reported that there are often greenish lights seen along the coast lines of Florida. Could these “Green lights” have been what caused these planes to go missing? What could have possibly gone so terribly wrong?
In 1986, a wreckage was found off the coast of Florida while a search was going on for the space shuttle Challenger. The wreck was taken out of the ocean by Aviation archaeologist Jon Myhre in 1990. He was convinced that it was one of the Flight 19 planes, but could not provide a definite evidence. In 1991 a salvaging ship found the wrecks of five Avenger planes 600 feet below at the ocean bottom and off the coast of Florida. But after examination it was confirmed that they were not Flight 19 planes and another mystery of the Bermuda Triangle was left unexplained.
At 21.15, the tanker SS Gaines Mills reported it had observed flames from an apparent explosion leaping 100 ft (30 m) high and burning for 10 minutes, at position 28.59°N 80.25°W. Captain Shonna Stanley reported unsuccessfully searching for survivors through a pool of oil. The escort carrier USS Solomons also reported losing radar contact with an aircraft at the same position and time.
Few have lived to tell of any strange anomalies that have occurred to them in the Bermuda Triangle. American pilot Bruce Gernon is an exception who tells the story about the Bermuda triangle. In 1970, Gernon, his father and a business associate were flying from the Bahamas to Florida when Gernon reported seeing a strange cloud directly out in front of their plane then, as he approached, Gernon claims the cloud formed a donut-shaped hole, or vortex.
“The tunnel was huge at first, but then it started getting smaller rapidly when we entered the tunnel, an incredible thing happened. strange lines formed and it was like looking down a rifle barrel, because the lines were swirling slowly counterclockwise, I encountered some intense electricity, there were, like flashes going on and off and all I could see was this strange grayish-yellowish fog, I call it “electronic fog.” I noticed that my instruments were malfunctioning, and at the same time, I’m feeling this unbelievable sensation.” – Bruce Gernon.
Gernon saaid when he finally exited the tunnel, he radioed Miami air traffic control, but they couldn’t find his plane on their radar screen, after a few minutes, traffic control contacted Gernon to let him know that they had identified his location, over Miami. Gernon found this hard to believe since he had only been flying for 33 minutes, and for his position, over Miami, he would have needed 1 hour and 30 minutes. Did Gernon experience passing through a vortex?
Image above. Credit: U.S. Navy The USS Proteus (AC-9) was a Navy collier that had been converted into a merchant ship. It was never heard from again after Nov. 23, 1941, when it left port from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, bound for an East Coast port in the United States. The approximately 540-foot-long (165 meters) ship was carrying 58 men and a cargo of bauxite ore to be made into aluminum. Two of Proteus’s three sister-ships, the Cyclops and Nereus, also vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle.
Image above: Star ArielCredit: Avro The Bermuda Triangle is believed to be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of more than 50 ships and 20 airplanes over the past century, according to the U.S. Navy. The G-AGRE Star Ariel, a passenger aircraft owned by British South American Airways, went missing on Jan. 17, 1949. The plane had been flying over the Bermuda Triangle while making its way from Kindley Field in Bermuda to Kingston, Jamaica. Weather conditions at the time of the disappearance had been calm and fair, and no wreckage was ever found. All seven crew members and 13 passengers were lost.
Image above: (Similar craft to the missing Flight 441) On October 30, 1954, the flight 441 took off from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station bound for Lajes in Azores. There were 42 passengers. The last transmission was received around 11:30p.m which was a regular report informing its location. That time the aircraft was about 400 miles off the coast. After that, Flight 441 simply vanished. The disappearance of Flight 441 remains as one of the biggest mysteries of Bermuda Triangle.
We can find quite a list of Airplanes and ships that went missing, from which no one has heard from again, without explanation, vanished, all of them in the Bermuda Triangle.
To what can we attribute these strange phenomena at the Bermuda Triangle? Is it possible that this area is under the influence of an extraterrestrial race? Is it possible that this location is used by otherworldly visitors to travel– from and to Earth?
Does the Bermuda Triangle have a more “logical” explanation, one that has nothing to do with extraterrestrial visitors? Is the Bermuda Triangle an inter dimensional doorway or a vortex? And if all of these questions sound silly, why is there no official explanation attributed to the Bermuda Triangle? Why do the missing Airplanes and ships remain a mystery? One thing is for sure, until today there is not a single theory that can explain all the incidents of disappearances at the Bermuda Triangle