The Bermuda Triangle is the place where ships, people and planes simply disappear.
The Bermuda Triangle is believed to have claimed more than 300 ships in its murky waters – including the immense US cargo ship Cyclops – as well as up to 75 aircraft.
No one knows exactly why the Bermuda Triangle causes these crafts to disappear – and many of the wrecks have never been recovered.
The area is steeped in mystery and even the Mary Celeste – the mystery ship found adrift without a single member of crew on board years after going missing – is believed to have got entangled in this dangerous web.
Some claim the disappearances in this area of the Atlantic Ocean, branded ‘Isle of the Devil’, are caused by huge freak waves, swallowing up everything in their path – while others point to the legends of ferociously strong whirlpools, mercilessly sucking down ships that get caught in them.
A documentary has attempted to investigate the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, which covers a huge – and loosely defined – 270,000 square mile section between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico and attempt to solve some of the mysteries of the missing objects.
Lost patrol in Bermuda Triangle still a mystery 72 years later
A U.S. Navy squadron of five Avenger torpedo-bombers, known as Flight 19, took off on a routine, three-hour training mission, leaving the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station on Dec. 5, 1945, just after 2 p.m. and never returned. To this day, 72 years later, the disappearance is an enduring mystery and helped fuel the enigma surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle.
Two hours into the flight, the squadron leader, Lt. Charles Taylor, radioed that his flight instruments, including his compass, had failed and that he didn’t know where he was, according to History.com. The other 13 members of the squadron also reported instrument failure.
“After two more hours of confused messages from the flyers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel,” History.com said.
A Mariner aircraft with a 13-man crew took off on a search and rescue mission just before 7:30 p.m., looking for the lost patrol. After a radio message three minutes into the flight, that aircraft was never heard from again, although a tanker reported an explosion off the Florida coast just before 8 p.m.