The Bermuda Triangle: Portal to Another World?
The Bermuda Triangle or Devils triangle is a well-known spot in the Atlantic for strange and beg...
The Bermuda Triangle or Devils triangle is a well-known spot in the Atlantic for strange and beguiling paranormal activity. The points of the triangle are Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Florida. Numerous ships and planes have vanished while inside the triangle, with most occurrences near the Bahamas and Florida straits. The earliest press article discussing the disappearances was in September 16th, 1950 by Edward Jones, but the world is still waiting for a definitive cause. There is evidence that demonstrates many cases were inaccurately reports or altered later implying a cover up. If you ask a navy official they would probably say it is all hype and most likely mock paranormal investigators. It is a heavily trafficked area, especially for shipping lanes, and the accidents are consistent with other regions of the Ocean. The key difference of the Bermuda Triangle and other parts of the Ocean is that no wreckage has been recovered from any vanished ships and planes.
Check out this list of disappearances. Wild.
—1945: December 5, Flight 19 (5 TBF Avengers) lost with 14 airmen, and later the same day PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19.
—1948: January 30, Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger lost with 6 crew and 25 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda.
—1948: December 28, Douglas DC-3 NC16002 lost with 3 crew and 29 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami.
—1949: January 17, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with 7 crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.
Incidents at Sea
—1843: USS Grampus, schooner, last seen March 15, presumed sunk in a gale off Charleston, South Carolina.
—1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with 309 crew and passengers en route to Baltimore, Maryland.
—1921: January 31, Carroll A. Deering, five-masted schooner, Captain W. B. Wormell, found aground and abandoned at Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
—1925: December, SS Cotopaxi, tramp steamer, Captain Meyers, en route from Charleston, South Carolina, to Havana, Cuba, lost with all crew after reporting by radio that the ship had water in its hold and was listing and about to sink.
Incidents on Land
—1969: Great Isaac Lighthouse (Bimini, Bahamas) – its two keepers disappeared and were never found.
The Case of Flight 19
Perhaps the most famous and intriguing vanishing in the Bermuda Triangle is the case of Flight 19. On December 5th 1945, Flight 19 took off for a routine navigation exercise from Ft. Lauderdale. The mission consisted of 5 TBF avenger planes, all of which were lost with 14 airmen. The flight plan was supposed to lead them due east for 120 miles, north 73 miles and back over the 120 miles.
All 14 pilots and all 5 planes were never recovered. The Navy Investigators could not determine the cause of the disappearance and could only speculate they must have gotten lost and were forced to ditch the planes after running out of fuel or perhaps crashed due to a mechanical failure. The investigation board believed the subordinate officers of the flight didn’t know their position. Charles Taylor, one of the missing pilots, was blamed for the incident. Taylor was said to be an excellent pilot but to often “fly by the seat of his pants” as he twice had to abandon his plane and be rescued in the Pacific. Later, the record was amended because of Taylors mother complaining her son was being unfairly blamed.
The record states, “cause unknown.” The PBM Mariner ship sent out with 13 crewmembers to recover and rescue the crew also vanished. A tanker off the coast of Florida reported seeing a large explosion right around the time the Mariner would have been patrolling the area. The rescue crewmen may have been lost due to an explosion, but what happened to Flight 19?
Steven Spielberg attempted to answer the question in his sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The crew of Flight 19 suddenly appears in the Mojave Desert with a bright object nearby. The U.S. government hears of the alien abduction and tries to determine if the aliens plan to land and create an elaborate cover up to keep people from knowing. While the 1977 film had a widely successful reception it is still only a hypothetical explanation. I wish there was some way to know for sure.
The weather had become stormy during the flight but naval records did not show any magnetic difficulties. In 1968, the aviation archeologist John Myhre raised a plane he thought was from Flight 19 but a positive ID could not be made. In 1991, 5 avenger planes were raised off the Florida coast but their serial numbers did not match with those of Flight 19. The planes were later found to have crashed on 5 different days within a mile and a half of each other (2.4 km) From 1942-46 training accidents accounted for the loss of 94 aviation crewmembers from NAS Ft. Lauderdale. In 1992 another expedition found scattered debris but nothing could be identified. Those still searching for what happened have expanded their hunt farther East into the Atlantic. No physical evidence was left behind, only a cryptic message.
It is said the last words heard from the pilots were “we are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, water is green, not white.” Officials at the Navy Board of Inquiry stated the planes “flew off to Mars.”