Bermuda triangle

Mysteries

Incidents

First Incident

When Christopher Colombus sailed through the area of the Bermuda triangle, he has reported signs of compass malfunction and other phenomenon. He wrote in his journal of compass malfunction.



1948: DC-3 Commercial Flight Vanishes

On Dec. 28, 1948, Capt. Robert Lindquist took off from San Juan with two crew members and 29 passengers heading for Miami.When the plane was 50 miles away from Miami, Lindquist reportedly radioed the Miami airport for landing instructions. The airport's reply was met with silence. The plane was never seen again.According to an investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Board, the plane had electrical difficulties and low battery power. Those findings have not stopped many from blaming supernatural forces on the disappearance.Recent reports state that wreckage is found that is very similar to DC-3, however, there are no confirmations.

Flight 19

On the afternoon of December 5, 1945, five Avenger torpedo bombers left the Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Lt. Charles Taylor in command of a crew of 13 student pilots. About an hour and a half into the flight, Taylor radioed the base to say that his compasses weren't working, but he estimated he was somewhere over the Florida Keys. The lieutenant who received the signal told Taylor to fly north toward Miami, as long as he was sure he was actually over the Keys. Although he was an experienced pilot, Taylor got horribly turned around, and the more he tried to get out of the Keys, the further out to sea he and his crew traveled.

As night fell, the reception of radio signals worsened, until, finally, there was nothing at all from Flight 19. A U.S. navy investigation reported that Taylor's confusion caused the disaster, but his mother convinced them to change the official report to read that the planes went down for "causes unknown." The planes have never been recovered.

Bermuda Triangle: The Fate of Flight 19

Piper Navajo

On November 3, 1978, Irving Rivers left St. Croix (part of the U.S. Virgin Islands) in a Piper Navajo he was piloting for Eastern Caribbean Airways. The experienced pilot was making a solo flight to position the plane in St. Thomas to pick up passengers. Visibility was good and temperatures were warm. During the flight, the control power operator radioed a flight suggestion to avoid a small shower, and Rivers radioed his acknowledgment and made the adjustment. As he neared the airport in St. Thomas, the plane was cleared for landing and the controller saw the plane's red and green lights blinking as it made the approach. Soon after another plane made a planned departure, the controller found he could no longer see the plane's lights -- it had disappeared from the radar. An emergency search effort was launched, but nothing was ever found -- even though the flight was only one mile (1.61 kilometers) from landing.

Flight 201

This Cessna left Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 31, 1984, en route for Bimini Island in the Bahamas, but it never made it. The passengers were all Cessna employees, including the pilot and co-pilots. Despite the experience of the crew, something went wrong. Not quite midway to its destination, the plane slowed its airspeed significantly, but no radio signals were made from the plane to indicate distress. Suddenly, the plane dropped from the air into the water, completely vanishing from the radar. A woman on Bimini Island reported seeing a plane plunge into the sea about a mile (1.61 kilometers) offshore, but no wreckage has ever been found.

USS cyclops

The USS Cyclops was a collier that operated between the East Coast and the Caribbean, servicing the Atlantic fleet for a time and then ran trans-Atlantic journeys until February 1918.After fueling British ships in the south Atlantic in Brazilian waters, the ship embarked from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 16, 1918, came into Barbados in early March and then promptly disappeared completely.The 306 crew and passengers were never heard from again and, while there are many theories, according to the Naval Historical Center, it "is one of the sea's unsolved mysteries.”

Star Ariel

A Tudor IV aircraft, like the Star Tiger, left Bermuda on January 17, 1949, with seven crew members and 13 passengers en route to Jamaica. That morning, Capt. J. C. McPhee reported that the flight was going smoothly. Shortly afterward, another more cryptic message came from the captain, when he reported that he was changing his frequency, and then nothing more was heard. A search party was deployed to look for the Star Ariel, but not even a hint of debris or wreckage was ever found. After the Ariel disappeared, British South American Airways stopped production on the Tudor IV.

Explanations

National Geographic - The truth behind the Bermuda triangle

The Presence of Pirates

Piracy occurs in all seas, around the globe. If you had aspirations to be a pirate wouldn’t you choose a place where people will cast the blame for normally suspicious acts on methane, UFOs and aliens? yes. The Bermuda Triangle is a rogue’s paradise.

Methane Gas

The latest culprit in the Bermuda Triangle is methane, a natural gas that is less dense than water. So if you happen to be sailing through a patch of ocean when a massive methane effluvium bubbles up from the deep, then, yes, your boat will in fact sink. The gas release may be caused by earthquakes deep in the sea. Gas hydrates exist in deep, high pressure environments found in all the world’s oceans, including parts of the Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda triangle is found with large deposits of methane gas and it is in fact tested that a large gas escape is indeed able to sink a ship in the sea. However this does not explain why no wreckage is found. Perhaps the wreckage disappeared in to the crevices caused by the earthquake. However, there are no recorded instances that such an incident has occurred. Furthermore there is nothing special about the gas in the Bermuda triangle to other places. So why is it happening here and not anywhere else? So, this theory is rejected by scientists and not very likely, though it is possible, it is not probable.

Extra Terrestrial

Some blame it on the high tech city, 'atlantis', or aliens abducting ships and planes with their flying UFOs and a crystal pyramid blasting ships and planes out of the sky.However, the theories will always exist. As long as there is no solid proof of a rational explanation, the believes will always exist.

Most widely accepted explanation: WEATHER

Human Error

There may be no disappearances at all! It may be just the strong currents formed by the area and carried the wreckage to a crevice, and we didn’t find it! The geography of the ocean floor in the Bermuda triangle is very complicated, with shallow ends and deep trenches. Furthermore, you don’t have to go very deep into the triangle to find it. Even with modern technology like sonar, it is still very difficult to find evidence of wreckages. For the case of flight 19, the occurrence is just during World War 2, certainly there is no sonar around.  The wreckage may simply be lost in the trenches.

The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is a deep ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and then flows through the Straits of Florida into the North Atlantic. In essence, it is a river within an ocean, and, like a river, it can and does carry floating objects. It has a surface velocity of up to about 2.5 meters per second (5.6 mi/h).[27] A small plane making a water landing or a boat having engine trouble can be carried away from its reported position by the current.

Rouge Waves

 Rouge waves are waves that come completely unexpectedly and can be 10-15m high. Flight 19 may simply have run out of fuel and landed in the water. Then a rogue wave, a giant wave goes to it and, wham! The air craft is scattered and broken and the crew has drowned. In fact, this does happen without warning in the Bermuda Triangle, as it does in seas all over the globe. Then the Gulf Stream (a warm current) passes through the Bermuda triangle (this happens frequently) and the wreckage is spread far and wide over the ocean, never to be found.

Hurricanes

The Bermuda triangle is a tropical storm hotspot. Over the years there is an overload of tropical storms in the area. With the strong ocean currents and winds, it can be a very rational and likely explanation for the disappearances, or at least, some of them.

Electrical clouds/fog

Theories are that a solar eruption from the sun can cause clouds to be ionized in the lower atmosphere, causing the equipment malfunction and the compasses going haywire. Since it only happens occasionally, it can be a possible explanation.

Conclusion

Added together, this can be the reason for the Bermuda Triangle's 'mysteries', example, a plane goes into a electrical fog, the systems goes haywire, and the plane crashes into the sea. A wave goes up and the plane is scattered into the gulf stream, and is swept across the ocean, never to be found. Perphaps the mystery is solved, or is it?