One of the most well-known Bermuda Triangle mysteries is the disappearance of Flight 19 in 1945.
The most striking thing about this event was its scope: five big U.S. Navy airplanes, fourteen men in total, vanished into thin air at exactly the same time.
The five airplanes took off around 2 P.M. on December 5th, 1945, with the idea of making a fairly routine flight pattern in the northern Bahamas.
The anticipated flight time was just over two hours, but around an hour and a half later, the flight leader reported that his compass was not working correctly.
The Flight decided to go west until they found the coast (which was standard procedure at the time), but several hours later, there was still no sign of the five aircraft.
The people of Flight 19, though their pilots were highly experienced, were never heard from again.
Though it’s not a place you can find on the map, the Bermuda Triangle is a very real, easily discernible spot with very real stories to back it up.
The triangle, also commonly called the Devils Triangle, where ships and planes have been disappearing for decades, is defined roughly by points in Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.
Even as technology has progressed and pilots and seafarers get better at, well, not getting lost, the stories involved in each disappearance remain eerily similar.
Many ships and aircraft, whether they’re small sailboats or larger cargo planes, simply vanish with no distress signals and no signs of an SOS.
And still other vessels later reappear, but with no signs of life anywhere– the crew go missing, leaving ghost ships floating in the triangle.
USS Cyclops Disappearance
Another intriguing story dates back to World War I, with the disappearance of the USS Cyclops, a U.S. Navy ship that carried coal.
Though it spent most of its time along the east coast of the United States, it was sent to Brazil so as to refuel other Allied ships in 1918.
Once it was finished, the USS Cyclops departed from Rio de Janeiro, reached Barbados, and then vanished, taking all 309 crew members with it. The U.S. Navy has declared that this event was one of the most puzzling mysteries they have faced, and to this day, the disappearance of the USS Cyclops is the biggest casualty the Navy has suffered that is not combat-related.
But that was all so long ago, wasn’t it?
Though the disappearances have slowed some since the 1960s, they have continued at a fairly steady pace. So when did the last ship or plane disappear into the Bermuda Triangle?
Recent Bermuda Triangle Mysteries
Because smaller vessels are more likely to be reported stolen than missing, there may be hundreds of sailboats or other small boats that have vanished without anyone paying much attention. But here are some recent incidents:
- In 2009, two men in a seventeen-foot pleasure craft vanished on their way to Bimini.
- In 2008, at 25-foot sailboat was found with its sail at half mast. The owner, however, was never found.
- In 2009, a 16-foot vessel was found floating in the water without its owner. The owner’s pet dog, however, was still on board. The body later turned up on Hudson Beach– like the bodies of several other missing seafarers.
- Also in 2009, three fisherman in a grey 22-foot fishing boat disappeared. They were never found.
In 2000, a fishing boat was found without its captain or its crew.
Is the Bermuda Triangle a wormhole?
There have been many more disappearances of small vessels in the 2000s. Mainstream science continues to dismiss them as human error, but many other theories are floating around.
One of the most popular is the possibility that there is a wormhole that occasionally opens up inside the Bermuda Triangle, and that it swallows up unfortunate ships and planes, which is why wreckage is rarely found and boats sometimes come back empty.
The specifics (and the physics behind them) vary from theorist to theorist, but it remains one of the more popular hypotheses.
Electronic Fog Theory
A theory with slightly more support (and more consistent details) centers on something called ‘electronic fog.’
Bruce Gernon, author of The Fog, flew over the Bahamas with his dad in the 1970s. On their way to Bimini, they flew unto a vortex that was shaped much like a tunnel, tight enough to scrape the plane’s wings, and flew for 34 minutes.
The theory has it that Electronic fog attaches itself to the aircraft and moves along with it, distorting the spatial awareness of the unwitting pilots.
At the end of the tunnel, instead of the horizon, they saw nothing but light gray for miles. They arrived over Miami Beach in half the time that it should have taken them. Gernon details the experience (and the science of electronic fog) in his book, and has said that he believes electronic fog is responsible for the disappearance of Flight 19.
With so many unexplained disappearances it is clear that something is going on in the Bermuda Triangle area.
With no clear evidence yet of exactly what has caused the numerous cases of unexplained mysteries we have to, for now, make up our own minds.
What do you think? Is it a wormhole? Electronic fog? Or do you have another theory?
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