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The Bermuda Triangle mystery has turned 70

By T.K. Randall
December 6, 2015 · Comment icon 6 comments

Many ships and planes have vanished within the Bermuda Triangle. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Vix_B
It's been over seven decades since the first aircraft disappeared while flying over the enigmatic region.
There are few mysteries as enduring and as well known as the Bermuda Triangle - an expanse of ocean in the North Atlantic that spans the area between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.

Over the years the region has become synonymous with the unexplained disappearances of ships and airplanes - often with no trace of them or their crews ever being found.

The first big mystery of the Bermuda Triangle was that of Flight 19 - a routine training mission consisting of five airplanes that left Fort Lauderdale in Florida on December 5, 1945.

All five of the aircraft disappeared completely and no sign of any wreckage was ever found.
To make matters worse, a PBM-Mariner seaplane, which had been sent on a search-and-rescue mission to locate the other five planes, also disappeared along with its 13-man crew.

But not all was as it seemed, as in later years the truth of what took place during these incidents eventually presented itself. As it turned out, Flight 19 had become lost due to a navigational error and ended up so far out to sea that the planes ran out of fuel before they could reach land.

The PBM-Mariner seaplane that went to look for them was thought to have exploded in mid-air.

Other subsequent disappearances over the region were ultimately blamed on a combination of technical failures and human error - each unrelated to the actual Bermuda Triangle itself.

Despite this however, given the region's ongoing reputation as a place of mystery and intrigue, it seems unlikely that the Bermuda Triangle enigma will be disappearing anytime soon.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by CelticBanshee 8 years ago
Any genuine reasons as to the mystery?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Infernal Gnu 8 years ago
I used to be so thrilled about this legendary region as a kid, but now it bores me as much as crop circles and hunting bigfoot does. You don't exactly see any more high profile missing boats and planes in the B.T. since 1945...maybe the aliens suffered budget cuts to their human abduction program.
Comment icon #3 Posted by blackdogsun 8 years ago
whether you subscribe to the Bermuda Triangle theory or not the mystery of what happened to these experienced naval pilots fling 5 Avenger aircraft from flight 19 is pretty intriguing. an interesting footnote to this story is that the wreckage of five WWII naval bombers (all Avengers, according to Hawkes) were found together in the early 90s and were believed to have been the aircraft from flight 19. However the tail numbers (and later i think also mechanial parts serial numbers) didn't match and were in fact from 5 naval aircraft that were 'lost at sea' 2years before (?!) (all these guys surv... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by skookum 8 years ago
whether you subscribe to the Bermuda Triangle theory or not the mystery of what happened to these experienced naval pilots fling 5 Avenger aircraft from flight 19 is pretty intriguing. an interesting footnote to this story is that the wreckage of five WWII naval bombers (all Avengers, according to Hawkes) were found together in the early 90s and were believed to have been the aircraft from flight 19. However the tail numbers (and later i think also mechanial parts serial numbers) didn't match and were in fact from 5 naval aircraft that were 'lost at sea' 2years before (?!) (all these guys surv... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
Only 70 years old?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dr.Brian 8 years ago
The story only focuses on the first airplane disappearances that occurred on December 5, 1945. There have been documents going back to 1609 of ships disappearing with highly unusual circumstances. There are even notes from Christopher Columbus outlining strange events that occurred in the Sargasso Sea in 1492. There are plenty of accounts that have been reported inaccurately, such as the La Dahama which was said to have been witnessed sinking only to be found days later by another crew. That ship was over 800 miles northeast of the Bermuda Triangle. Even the area defined as the triangle can ne... [More]


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