The mystery of Bermuda Triangle
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The Bermuda triangle has always been shrouded in mystery. It’s a place of alien abductions, unexplained disappearances, and ghost sightings and naturally people get a little nervous when they think about flying over it.
What is Bermuda Triangle?
The Bermuda Triangle, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is an area of the Atlantic Ocean that does not necessarily have an agreed boundary, but is generally considered to be bounded by the southeastern coasts of the United States, Bermuda, and the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. According to some estimates, the area ranges between 500,000 and 1,5 million square miles and is triangle-like in shape. It’s a pretty large portion of the ocean in general, but relatively small given that the water is about 70 percent of the world, or around 139.7 million square miles.
The area surrounding the Bermuda Triangle is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships often passing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean.
Cruise ships sail through the region on a regular basis, and commercial and private aircraft routinely fly over it.
It has become a popular belief over the years that the sinking of ships and crashing of aircraft in the area is a result of the paranormal activity.
The mystery-the missing ships, planes and stuff like that
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, there’s no telling how many ships or planes that have “disappeared” in the Bermuda Triangle, but some estimates guess around 50 ships and 20 aircraft have gone missing there. Despite these figures, data does not show that disappearances are more likely in this spot. There are two incidents that are considered mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, specifically the disappearances of Flight 19 in 1945 and the USS Cyclops in 1918. There is no clear indication that these disappearances have anything to do with the supernatural, but they are still unexplained.
Most Recent experience (May 15, 2017)
Flight MU-2B, a victim of Bermuda Triangle
The 40-year-old Jennifer Blumin, event planner and CEO of the event management company Skylight, traveled to Puerto Rico to spend Mother’s Day (Sunday 14 May 2017) with her two sons (3 years and 4 years) and her boyfriend Nathan Ulrich, 52. She owned a small private Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 aircraft with twin turbojet engines.
Next day on May 15, 2017 they were returning home to New York. Nathan was an experienced pilot, and he was flying the plane himself. The flight departed from Rafael Hernandez Airport in Borinquen (Aguadilla, Peurto Rico) at 11:08 a.m. on Monday, 15 May. They were to land at 2.44pm at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville (South Florida) to refuel the aircraft.
However, at 2:10 p.m., when the aircraft was only 37 miles east of Eleuthera (Bahamas), the Miami air traffic control could no longer track the aircraft on its radar. Apparently there was nothing wrong with the weather. The flight simply vanished. It was flying at an altitude of 24,000ft at 345 miles per hour.
Next day (Tuesday, May 16) a large-scale search operation was launched by the US Coast Guard. Both the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the US Air Force joined the search operation. Eventually, a US Coast Guard helicopter was able to locate a floating debris field on the Atlantic Ocean about 15 miles east of Eleuthera. This took about 30 hours to check for flying debris.
Objects such as the plane seat and a few others were recovered from the debris It was found from all the evidence that the wreckage was indeed the debris of the MU-2B aircraft. However, none of the bodies could be recovered or traced. Seven people are believed to have died in the crash.
So what could have happened? Since the weather was not reported as adverse, equipment failure could be a reason. However as on date, no specific reasons could be assigned for this incident. Puerto Rico, the island from where the flight took off is one of the corners of Bermuda Triangle, and the flight path over Bahamas en route to South Florida also lies on the triangle area. So this incident will go down as another case of an aircraft falling prey to Bermuda Triangle phenomena.
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Do pilots actually avoid it?
Considering the superstition surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, many people assume that airline pilots actively avoid this area of the ocean. Of course, anyone who has flown from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico probably knows that’s not true. In fact, if it were, pretty much everyone’s Caribbean vacation would be ruined. A check on Flightradar24 will show that there are many flights that crisscross over the Bermuda Triangle, so it’s clear that the area is not actively avoided.
In terms of navigation, flights are constantly monitored by air traffic control, so pilots have support if there is a navigation failure. Weather conditions are also closely tracked every time a plane is scheduled to take off. Accidents, of course, still happen, but not any more so than in other parts of the world.
Investigating Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories, in general, is more of a paranormal pursuit than a scientific one, so if there are any pilots who do avoid the Bermuda Triangle, they are probably just interested in the supernatural or UFOs. While entertaining these theories can certainly be fun, you can rest assured that the airline industry definitely doesn’t plan its routes around campfire stories.
Some of the reasoning behind the Bermuda disappearances include:
-Left over technology from the mythical and now lost continent of Atlantis;
-Unidentified Flying Objects and aliens.
The broader believed idea is that there is no paranormal activity and that a combination of factors that can be used to explain the disappearances in the area.
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