67 Years After Flight 19, the Bermuda Triangle Remains a Freakish Mystery
Research suggests otherwise of course, which is almost disappointing: “the BT is no more involved in the disappearance of aircraft and surface vessels than any other area of the ocean.” Hm. Surface vessels and aircraft are known to simply disappear? That’s the most reassuring thing I’ve read since the Costa Concordia mishap. watch Costa Concordia new animation
It’s possible that the BT gained notoriety through no fault of its own: a high number of mysterious incidents were “inaccurately reported or embellished by authors.” There even seems to be disagreement as to the geographic boundaries: one factoid suggests the perimeters include the Straits of Florida, the Bahamas, the entire Caribbean island area and the Atlantic east to the Azores. The familiar triangular boundary has its points on the Atlantic coast of Miami; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda.watch the mysteries of the bermuda triangle
The BT myth began December 5, 1945 when 5 aircraft simultaneously disappeared. Flight 19, a routine training mission of 5 U.S. avenger torpedo bombers that left Fort Lauderdale on a cool, clear, winter day. Four hours after take-off, the flight vanished and with it the 15 men who were part of the training mission. According to folklore, the rescue plane that went in search of the aircrafts also disappeared. Freaky. watch bermuda triangle: what happened to flight 19?
There are practical research analysts who insist on taking the creepiness out of this geographic myth with research that reveals holes in the recordings of aircraft and vessel disappearances (yes, these cynical analysts live among us).The BT is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships crossing through it daily for ports. The number of supposed disappearances is considered to be insignificant compared to the number of ships and aircraft that pass through the triangle on a regular basis. That must make naval personnel feel much better. Reporters and authors didn’t factor tropical storms into the number of disappearances that did occur and the numbers of vanishing aircraft and ships were exaggerated by incomplete research. For instance, a boat’s disappearance would be reported but its return to port may not have been. Oops. watch 1/5 explore the bermuda triangle
Still, getting back to the infamous Flight 19, how do 5 aircraft simultaneously and suddenly disappear, especially when clear conditions are reported between ground control and aircrafts? That question will never be answered and it is that flight that keeps the supernatural myth of the Bermuda Triangle alive; Flight 19 and the triangle will forever be linked in doomed aircraft history, rather like the Titanic and her nemesis, the “invisible, black iceberg” that sank the world’s first and last unsinkable ship. watch rms titanic
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