An Australian scientist claims that the Bermuda triangle entails no mystery at all and debunks claims that the planes and ships that vanish without a trace have nothing to do with aliens or ancient fire crystals from then city of Atlantis.
Karl Kruszelnicki rather points out that the mysterious disappearances is the aggregate of bad weather and human error and the fact that the route is passed by the various vessels that have disappeared.
Mr Kruszelnicki told news.com.au that not only does the Bermuda Triangle – (aka ‘Hodoo Sea’, ‘Devil’s Triangle’, ‘Limbo of the Lost’ and other headline-friendly monikers) – cover a large, 700,000 square-kilometre (270,000 square-mile) swathe of ocean, it is also a particularly busy patch of sea.
He also points out that with notable references to the Lloyd’s of London and the U.S Coast Guard when the number of vessels that have disappeared in the Bermuda triangle is the same anywhere in the world on a percentage basis.
What about flight 19?
For those that do not know, flight 19 was a flight of five US Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that set off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5 1945 for a routine two-hour training mission over the Atlantic.
After losing radio contact with their base, all five planes vanished. No trace of them or their 14 crew members was found.
Even more spookily, it was later claimed, a PBM-Mariner seaplane dispatched that night on a search-and-rescue mission to find Flight 19 also disappeared, along with its 13 crew.
Mr Kruszelnicki simply explains that for one there wasn’t a fine weather in that fateful day as there were 15m(49ft) waves.
Mr Kruszelnicki added that the only truly experienced pilot in the flight was its leader, Lieutenant Charles Taylor, and his human error may well have played a part in the tragedy.
“[He] arrived with a hangover, flew off without a watch, and had a history of getting lost and ditching his plane twice before,” said Mr Kruszelnicki.
Radio transcripts from before the patrol vanished, he added, made it clear that Flight 19 had become unsure of its position.
The transcripts show Lt Taylor thought his compass had malfunctioned and that he was above Florida Keys – a string of islands stretching to the southwest of the US mainland – when in fact later analysis by ground staff would show he was to the southeast, near an island in the Bahamas.
Mr Kruszelnicki said Lt Taylor overruled a junior pilot who said they should turn west, and insisted the patrol fly east, unwittingly taking them further into the Atlantic, above deep water where it might be harder to find sunken planes or bodies.
If you read the radio transcripts,” said Mr Kruszelnicki, “Some of the junior pilots are saying, ‘Why don’t we fly to the west?’, and the pilot says, ‘Why don’t we fly to the east?’”
Also, the search-and-rescue plane that supposedly got missing didn’t actually get missing, according to Mr Kruszelnicki “It didn’t vanish without a trace,” said Mr Kruszelnicki. “[It] was seen to blow up.”
There were several witnesses to the explosion; an oil slick and debris were found; and after the disaster, the US Navy grounded all other PBM-Mariner seaplanes. The aircraft had already gained the ominous nickname ‘flying gas tanks’.
So the question remains if the world accepts his explanation that comes with proof or still decides to stick to the idea of aliens or ancient fire crystals from the lost city of Atlantis among other theories.