Surely you may have heard of the incident that occurred on August 8th, 2019. A Piper PA-34 crashed into the ocean while heading from Great Harbour Cay Airport in The Bahamas. So what was the cause of the incident? Even though no one knows for sure what occurred on that day, the most likely possibility is that the aircraft was attracted into the ocean by the Bermuda Triangle.
The Bermuda Triangle, also commonly referred to as the “Devil’s triangle” or “Hurricane Alley,” is a site where numerous aircraft and boats have disappeared from. Like its name, it forms a triangle, connecting from Miami, Florida, to Bermuda, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The Bermuda Triangle allegedly attracts and swallows aircraft and water-crafts that are flying and sailing close to the area, into the ocean, however, their remains have never been found, suggests history.com.
According to thesun.co.uk, the Bermuda Triangle has claimed a minimum of 75 planes, and hundreds of ships until the year 2018, without any conceivable explanation. Furthermore, the accurate area that the triangle covers is yet unknown, nonetheless, marineinsight.com recently discovered that the triangle covers a total area of 440,000 miles of the sea.
According to a source, the stories of the unexplained disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle reached public awareness and started to arise in around 1950, when three large ships named the “Cyclops” disappeared in the area; one in 1918, and the other two in 1941. From then on, the disappearances of other aircraft and watercraft have been reported consistently. This has resulted in the spread of supernatural theories by society, some involving UFOs, and the mythical lost continent of Atlantis, whereas, others believe the anecdotes were simply a coincidence, blaming poor weather conditions and human error.
What is more unbelievable is that the Bermuda Triangle is a regular shipping route with cruise ships and boats sailing frequently from the area, causing no damage to them! Moreover, some connect the existence of the Bermuda Triangle to Christopher Columbus’ observation when he, along with his crew, crossed the triangle, and witnessed a sighting of unknown light on the night of October 11th, 1492.
Additionally, like the disappearance of the Cyclopes’, there are multiple other renowned disappearances that society is inquisitive, and is demanding to learn. Firstly, Flight 19, whose captain was Lieutenant Charles Carroll Taylor, were five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers who were victims of the Bermuda Triangle.
According to findagrave.com, the pilots took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5th, 1945, and reported positively at 9:15 pm, stating that their anticipated time of arrival was 2:15 am the next morning. Shortly after, all five planes had disappeared, resulting in the dispatch of the search and rescue teams. Another renowned incident was the disappearance of Mary Celeste, which is perceived by many as the most mysterious stories of shipwrecks. Discovered on December 4th, 1872 with everything right in its place except for the entire crew, the ship was found stranded on the sea, days after it had commenced its journey from New York to Genoa, Italy. Prior to the incident, there were approximately 11-12 people aboard the Mary Celeste, including the captain, his wife, his two daughters, and the other crew members, nevertheless, no one was found.
These anecdotes reflect and prove that the Bermuda Triangle threat is real. Should one want to challenge themselves, or test how they react in a dangerous situation, I would strongly suggest sailing or flying through the Bermuda Triangle. Who knows, you might turn out to be the next Christopher Columbus.
Contributor: Zahaan Sabuwala
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