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By now the world has heard of the devastating news of the Air France plane which crashed into the ocean at the start of the month, killing all 228 people on board. This horrific accident called to mind other incidents where planes crashed into the Atlantic in and around the Bermuda triangle. While I’m not at all suggesting that this is one such incident, I couldn’t help but look for similarities when I heard the words, ‘plane,’ ‘crash’ and ‘Atlantic’ used in the same news report.

By now the world has heard of the devastating news of the Air France  plane which crashed into the ocean at the start of the month, killing all 228 people on board. This horrific accident called to mind other incidents where planes crashed into the Atlantic in and around the Bermuda triangle. While I’m not at all suggesting that this is one such incident, I couldn’t help but look for similarities when I heard the words, ‘plane,’ ‘crash’ and ‘Atlantic’ used in the same news report.

The so-called Devil’s Triangle is found North West of the Atlantic Ocean. There are several documented cases of aircrafts, ships and boats which have disappeared in this area. So frequent are the accidents which have occurred in this region, that popular myths and paranormal explanations are now associated with the Triangle.

While there are several embellished or made-up ‘incidents’ surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, a number of real accidents, some of which are outlined below, have still not been explained.

 

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Above is a diagram of the Bermuda Triangle. It’s sometimes described as the area between the Straights of Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, east of the Atlantic and the Azores.  Most of the incidents occur along the Bahaman coast.

Vessels and flights which have gone missing

Raifuku Maru

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In 1921, the Japanese ship, Raifuku Maru went down with awesome speed in this area. By the time attempts were made to rescue the vessel and crew, they had all disappeared. Some still maintain that the ship was not near to the Triangle.

Flight 19

 

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This photo is not of Flight 19, but of another similar plane.  On December 5, 1945, Flight 19, a training bomber flight went missing while flying over the Atlantic. They were never seen again as they vanished without any explanation whatsoever.  When a 13-man Mariner aircraft was sent to rescue Flight 19, it too, mysteriously disappeared.

Connemara IV

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Connemara was a luxury yacht intriguingly found drifting around the Bermuda Triangle minus its crew, in 1955. No explanation has since been given as to why the crew would exit a working vessel.

USS Cyclops

 

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309 members of the Navy lost their lives when USS Cyclops, their powerful vessel, went missing for no apparent reason. No one knows how to explain the disappearances.

Douglas DC-3

 

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For unknown reasons, this aircraft vanished on December 28, 1948, around the Bermuda Triangle. No trace of the plane or its 32 passengers has ever been found.

U.S Air Force Stratotanker

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News reports cannot agree on this one, but it’s widely believed that two US Air Force aircrafts collided and crashed on August 28, 1963, into the Atlantic Ocean.  Again, no explanation has been given for the complete disappearance of the crew or why skilled pilots suddenly crashed into each other in clear skies over the Bermuda Triangle.