The Bermuda Triangle has been subject to the disappearance of more than 50 ships and 20 aircrafts in the last century.
Also known as the Devil’s Triangle and the Hoodoo Sea, the Bermuda Triangle stretches across 800,000 square kilometres between the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Miami. It was discovered when Christopher Columbus, the European who discovered America in 1492, reported strange readings in the area. The mystery began to circulate throughout the world after a US Navy squadron of five Avenger aircraft disappeared during a routine navigation training flight on December 5, 1945. A rescue aircraft sent to search for them also disappeared as did all 27 crew.
The writer Gian J. Quasar investigated the incident and wrote a book about it, Into the Bermuda Triangle. “There seems to be no logical explanation for the disappearance of five aircraft, or for the many confusing reports that night,” he wrote.
“Blaming any pilot cannot explain the lack of debris or bodies at sea…
“If this had been an isolated incident, it would remain a great mystery of aviation. However, continuing disappearances of aircraft afterward, many in the same area, some with drawn-out and confusing radio messages like Flight 19’s, indicate that perhaps it is only one of many, all sharing a similar cause or at least some crucial factor before meeting the same fate.”
The mystery continues into the 21st century: in 2002, a small Cessna plane bound for Miami vanished in the same spot, only a few miles from the landing strip. Again, in 2007 a Piper plane disappeared off all radar coming into the Bahamas.
Thinking about it, the whole idea is pretty out-of-this-world, so let’s begin with the most out-there.
Theory 1: Aliens/UFOs
An underwater mechanical alien spaceship is to blame. Or it’s a portal into another dimension and people get stuck there. Plenty of people believe it. People have spent years looking for aliens and leading scientists believe life must exist elsewhere in our universe, so I wouldn’t dare dismiss it totally. Amateur pilot Roger Johnson has had various encounters flying within the Bermuda Triangle. He told author Gail Barbara Stewart, “It sounded kind of goofy to start talking about UFOs interfering with pilots traveling through the Bermuda Triangle. But I guess when McDivitt, a NASA astronaut, sees something that can’t be identified – in the same area as the plane was when it disappeared, it doesn’t quite sound so goofy.”
Theory 2: A Comet ten thousand feet deep
Some fantasists believe a comet that crashed into the ocean many thousands of years ago transmits electromagnetic properties that could disrupt compasses, navigational tools and engines. The catch? This comet has never been located and there is no proof to support the theory.
Theory 3: Pirates
Arghhh! So maybe the pirates don’t explain the plane disappearances but they could explain the ships. Pirates hijack ships because they have better technology and are bigger. According to sciencechannel.com piracy has been a consistent problem in the area for hundreds of years.
Theory 4: The legendary Atlantis
That’s right a scuba-diving Atlantis advocate supposedly found the lost city in 1970 and it is speculated the energy crystals once used to fuel the city have caused all electronics to go haywire within this triangle.
Theory 5: Electronic Fog (time vortex)
When Florida pilot Bruce Gernon and his father were en route from Andros Island to Bimini Island in the Bahamas they claim to have come across a strange cloud that grew and morphed into a tunnel. According to Gernon his compass spun wildly and electrical sparks surrounded him. After passing through the fog, he was miles away from where he expected to be and believed he had travelled through time. Gernon is not alone, Gail Barbara Stewart wrote in her book The Bermuda Triangle that the crew of some vessels that passed through the area tell tales that make “listeners’ blood run cold.”
Now on to the more believable theories…
Theory 1: Human Error
Crystal blue water, doppelganger islands and crazy weather, who wouldn’t get lost? Pilots and captains are human, after all, and are no exceptions to the rule. So there it is… IF 50 ships and 20 aircraft all made similar mistakes, in the same area, that led them to their disappearance.
Theory 2: Weather
The Bermuda Triangle is subject to severe and intense weather changes. The Gulf Stream runs through this area and causes high tides and hurricanes. Possible.
Theory 3: The Northern Magnetic
According to some, the Bermuda Triangle is the only place on Earth that points true north as opposed to the magnetic north shown on compasses. This theory is extremely debatable due to the Earth’s magnetic field constantly changing and the advancement of technology.
Theory 4: Government testing
The Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre is located smack bang in the middle of the Triangle (Andros Island, Bahamas) and it tests submarines, weapons and sonar. According to some theorists, the extraterrestrial technology is powerful enough to down planes. The US Government agency wrote on their website in February, “There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean.”
Theory 5: Methane hydrate
Little pockets of methane gas lie deep beneath the Bermuda Triangle, if this methane gas escapes the walls it’s confined to and reaches high enough it is capable of sinking ships and causing planes to shut down completely.
So there you have it folks, whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, pick your theory. For the truth, we may never know. – Bianca Mureddu