The Bermuda Triangle is the source of many myths and legends in the ocean as well as the supposed location of dozens of disappearances in aviation history. Also, known as the Devil’s Triangle, the 500,000 square miles of ocean was first noted for its strangeness by Christopher Columbus when he noted what is now believed to be a meteor striking the ocean in a burst of flames. He also reported erratic compass readings due to part of the Bermuda Triangle being the one of the only places on Earth where the true north and magnetic north lined up. In the hundreds of years following, there have multiple instances where entire ships or planes completely vanished without even sending a distress signal. Both in 1918 when the USS Cyclops decided to traverse through the Triangle and in 1941 when two of the Cyclops’ sister ships did the same, the ships disappeared without a trace. Not even wreckage was found and both expeditions had passed along a very similar route. Stranger, less documented incidents of disappearances also happened in the 19th century, where entire ships would be found devoid of its crew. So here we are with a countdown of the craziest aviation disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle! (We’ll bypass the Amelia Earhart one since I’ve written an article only about her.) 1. Flight 19 On December 5th, 1945, a training mission five American planes, all with experienced flight instructors took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and into the Bermuda Triangle. A mere hour and half into the mission, pilots started reporting that they could no longer recognize the landmarks below them. Air control could help them find the bearings either and as the weather deteriorated, the planes vanished. A sixth plane sent out to look for them also disappeared soon after, without any warning at all. 2. The Star Tiger A plane known as the Star Tiger disappeared flying from Santa Maria to Bermuda on January 30th, 1948. Despite having a Lancastrian plane ahead of it acting as a lookout that landed safely, the Star Tiger disappeared before reaching Bermuda. 3. The Star Ariel In a similar situation as the Star Tiger, another plane vanished on a trip from Bermuda to Jamaica on January 17th, 1949. There was little turbulence and clear skies, yet the plane faced communication problems all throughout its journey until it mysteriously never showed up at its destination. The search party was called off 8 days later and the situation of the accident is still not known.
Fun/Creepy look into the history of the Bermuda Triangle
Jul 14, 2015 By Harry Gao