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Could bad weather and poor decisions explain the Bermuda Triangle ?

By T.K. Randall
May 8, 2023 · Comment icon 9 comments

Why do so many ships and planes seem to disappear ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Schaferle
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki maintains that the answer to the mystery lies in little more than bad weather and basic human error.
There are few mysteries as enduring 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.

More recently, however, Australian Scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has put forward what is perhaps the most simple of all explanations for the mystery by suggesting that the disappearances can all be attributed to, not an anomalous phenomenon, but a combination of bad weather and good old fashioned human error.

"According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis," he said.

"It is close to the equator, near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic."
It is certainly true that at least some of the disappearances can be attributed to human error.

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.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 7 months ago
""According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis," he said" What, exactly, does "on a percentage basis" mean in this context?  And what of boats?  I found the book Into the Bermuda Triangle pretty interesting.
Comment icon #2 Posted by joc 7 months ago
I read a story somewhere about large amounts of Methane Gas rising up out of the sea beds...enough to sink ships and disable aircraft...don't remember where I read that though...a while many years ago.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 7 months ago
Yes, Joc, that is true.  And I have seen tests run to show that a boat will sink under those conditions. However, they don't believe there are large deposits of methane within the triangle. It, otherwise, sounds like a good theory. Large ships sink so fast that they cannot leave a distress call...? yeah, this could fit.
Comment icon #4 Posted by psyche101 7 months ago
Dr. karl is awesome. His podcast is worth a listen. I thought like Dr Karl said, it's actually not statistically unusual at all. The skeleton coast is much worse for lost ships. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Essan 7 months ago
The only mystery is why anyone still believes in it Charles Berlitz has much to answer for .....   
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 7 months ago
Going to Namibia next year, will visit the skeleton coast, it will be interesting !
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 7 months ago
I'll bet. Sounds great. You should put some pics up here when you get back
Comment icon #8 Posted by susieice 7 months ago
I just saw an interesting program about this on the History Channel. They talked about a couple of things that could explain what happens in the Triangle. Methane gas was one of them. The sea also produces rogue waves. They think that's what may have happened to the USS Cyclops. No time to send out an SOS with either of these. Ships can also get caught up in the Sargasso Sea with seaweed wrapping around the rudders. When it rots it produces hydrogen sulfide gas, which is toxic and can affect the mind if they're stuck long enough. They said in earlier days when they would find ships in good sha... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by iAlrakis 7 months ago
saw a short docu on rogue waves a while ago and it turns out they were underestimated for a very long time.  In actual height and also frequency.

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