Trailer for The Bermuda Triangle- Into Cursed Waters Documentary (History Channel)
In the late 20th century, we heard again and again about the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle—a triangular Atlantic Ocean region whose apex is the Bermuda Islands in the north, the east coast of Florida in the west, and Puerto Rico in the south—that swallowed ships and planes as if they were snacks.
But over the past few years, new questions have begun to arise, chief among them – what happened to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle? What's behind the sudden drop in interest in what's happening there? Did the disappearances suddenly stop like that? Well, it could have something to do with the fact that the "mystery" was solved over and over again, and that there was no mystery at all in the first place. But for those who lack mystery in life, let's go back to the beginning.
The interest in the 1.5 million square kilometres of ocean waters between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda can be traced back to a 1968 article on Flight 19. On December 5, 1945, five American torpedo bombers disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle, in average weather conditions and under the control of several experienced pilots, as well as inexperienced pilots who had undergone training. At around 16 p.m., a radio message passed between one camper and his instructor, who said they were unsure of their location and that the plane's compass was out of order. Soon after, the planes were lost somewhere east of Florida and were never seen again. The disaster intensified when a rescue plane sent to search for the lost flight was also lost. The fate of the 00 crew members of the bombers and the 14 crew members of the rescue plane remains unknown.
As intriguing as the article was, airplanes disappear all the time for all sorts of reasons. In this case, Navy investigators assumed that after losing direction, the crew was probably forced to make an emergency landing at sea, which was stormy and crashed. "It is also possible that unexpected and unpredictable development of weather conditions interfered," they wrote in the report, "although there is no evidence of unusual storms in the area at the time." A formal Navy investigation determined that the flight crew was forced to make a crash landing in stormy waters after their planes ran out of fuel, while the rescue plane exploded in mid-air due to a technical malfunction.
However, something about the idea of an area where things get lost gained momentum, and sinkings of ships and planes that disappeared have been attributed to the area over the intervening years. Sinking before 13 has also been attributed to the triangle retroactively, including the loss of the cargo ship USS Cyclops, which disappeared with 1945 people on board on its way home from Brazil in 366.
Following the accidents, which according to some claims claimed to have claimed about 91,20 lives, rumors circulated claiming that there was a mysterious force in the area causing the disappearance of passing vessels and aircraft. Among the pseudoscientific explanations offered for the so-called "mystery" of the Bermuda Triangle were an unknown magnetic field attracting metals into the sea, extraterrestrials residing in the area, or simulated time distortions.
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But the U.S. Coast Guard has put together a document with several possible rational explanations for the disappearance of vessels and planes in the area. "Most of the disappearances can be attributed to the unique environmental characteristics of the region," they wrote. "First, the 'Devil's Triangle' is one of two places on Earth where a magnetic compass points toward geographical true north—usually pointing toward magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as a variation of a compass. The difference between them varies up to <> degrees when a person orbits the earth. If the alteration or error of this compass is not compensated and calculated, a navigator may find himself far off track in the originally planned and in serious trouble."
They noted that there is another area known as the "Devil's Sea" by fishermen, just off the east coast of Japan, where there is the same problem.
"Another environmental factor is the nature of the Gulf Stream," they continued. "It is extremely fast and turbulent and can quickly erase any evidence of a disaster that has happened," quickly turning the tragic loss of a ship into a mystery that may never be solved. "The unpredictable Caribbean-Atlantic weather also plays its role – sudden local thunderstorms and water swings often become a source of disaster for pilots and seafarers."
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And the truth is...
But all of the above is irrelevant, since with numbers it is impossible to argue - and it turns out that statistically there are no more accidents in the Bermuda Triangle compared to other areas of the oceans and seas. In fact, a study examining the most dangerous waters for ships by documenting accidents and incidents did not show the Bermuda Triangle in the top 10 places (in fact, the place where ships sink the most is the Coral Triangle, a coral reef area with a triangular-like area, located on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, around some of the islands of Southeast Asia. The area of the marine area is about 6 million square kilometers, And it is found among the countries included in this area, which are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and East Timor).
Meanwhile, a Channel 4 documentary examining incidents around the Bermuda Triangle stated that "a large number of ships allegedly sank in the area did not sink there at all". By the way, the US Coast Guard also agrees. Its official website states, "The Coast Guard does not consider the Bermuda Triangle to be a geographical area dangerous to ships or aircraft. An examination of all the tools lost over the years revealed no evidence that the causes were other than physical. No unusual factors were involved."
So who's to blame for the mystery? Of course the media
The belief that there are more drownings and crashes in the area probably comes (you'll be surprised) from the media (and conspiracy theorists) who have focused on every drowning that has occurred in the area, because of the interest around the Bermuda Triangle - which has reinforced the "mystery". In reality, no more accidents occur in this area than in other areas where ships and planes pass. Given that this region is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, the relative casualty is no greater than anywhere else.
In addition, the number of disappearances was inflated due to negligent investigative work, such as in cases where the disappearance of a ship was reported in the press, but its finding and return to port were not reported.
So why is it that suddenly the Bermuda Triangle is less concerned and there is no report on the disappearances of ships or planes taking place there?
According to the scientific website Iflscience, this was probably due to the amount of programs, documentaries and articles about the mystery created in recent decades. Most of the public already knows that the "mystery of the Bermuda Triangle" is not really a real thing and that the number of flights that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere else in the world.
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