The Mystery of Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle

Wikipedia introduces Bermuda Triangle like this: “The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels are alleged to have mysteriously disappeared in a manner that cannot be explained by human error, piracy, equipment failure, or natural disasters. Popular culture has attributed these disappearances to the paranormal, a suspension of the laws of physics, or activity by extraterrestrial beings.” The Straits of Florida, Bermuda Islands and Puerto Rico are generally considered to be the three points of this triangle, as show in the map above. First brought to light by a 1950 Associated Press article, the phenomena, today, has become one of the most popular and mysterious urban legends.

Since 1950, numerous books and articles have been written on the subject, most of them either giving their own exaggerated explanations of the disappearances, or rubbishing the abnormality of the occurrences completely. But till today nobody has any clue as to where those ships and airplanes vanished.

I was going to write a detailed post on Bermuda Triangle explaining every aspect of it, but then I decided it makes more sense to give you an audio visual experience (courtesy YouTube). And so given below are a serious of videos (selected carefully) of a documentary film on Bermuda Triangle. This documentary is at the one end of the spectrum and claims that Bermuda Triangle is just a myth created out of exaggerations. It concludes that the number of incidents that have happened in the Bermuda Triangle is similar to the incidents that generally happen in sea. Their logic is, since the Bahamas is a busy route, the number of airplanes and ships that pass through the area is unusually high and so is the number of incidents. Well, to me this seems to be a very simplistic explanation. An eye witness account given later in this book, will show that something is definitely wrong with the Bermuda Triangle.

The video below discusses the possible explanation of the phenomenon. A couple of them, like the sea monster theory or the alien abduction theory, are, according to me completely bizarre and just a piece of imagination, but the others like the “electric for and magnetic field” theories are quite plausible.
The video below gives talks about some of the most popular disappearances and explains in detail another popular theory for cause of the Traingle: the methane gas theory.
Now that we have understood the possible and hypothetical causes of the the Bermuda Triangle, let us look at probably the most popular eye witness account of an encounter inside the Bermuda Triangle that happened on December 4, 1970, and the narrator’s interpretation of what he experienced.
This account by a Bruce Gernon Jr. a back then a real estate broker and an experienced pilot, was included in Charles Berlitz’s sequel to the first popular book on Bermuda Triangle. Over to Bruce:
My dad and I had been flying our own plane in the Bahamas since 1967, and had made at least a dozen flights to and from Andros Island. Everything seemed normal on that fateful day in December, just after 3 p.m., when my dad and I and Chuck Lafeyette, a business associate, lifted off the runway at Andros town Airport in a brand new Beechcraft Bonanza A36.
It was shortly after takeoff when I noticed an elliptical cloud directly in front of us about a mile away, hovering only about 500 feet above the ocean. It was a typical lenticular cloud, but I had never seen one that low.

Miami Flight Service reported over the VHF radio that the weather was good, so we continued. But the lenticular cloud quickly changed into a huge cumulus cloud. We were climbing at 1,000 feet per minute, and the cloud seemed to be building up at the same rate. Unexpectedly, it caught up and engulfed the Bonanza. After 10 minutes of climbing in and out of this cloud, the airplane finally broke free at 11,500 feet and the sky was clear.

How the lenticular cloud appeared from Gernon’s vantage point while flying over Andros Island. Courtesy of Bruce Gernon.

I leveled the Bonanza off and accelerated to its maximum safe cruising speed of 195 miles per hour. When I looked back at the cloud, I was astonished. It now looked like an immense squall, abnormally shaped in the form of a giant semicircle extending around us. visibility was about ten miles and the cloud continued beyond my perception, so it must have been more than 20 miles long. After a few minutes, I lost sight of it.

Soon we noticed another cloud building directly in front of us, near the Bimini Islands. It looked a great deal like the cloud that we had just left, except that its top was at least 60,000 feet high. When we came with a few miles of it, we saw that it appeared to emanate directly from the surface of the Earth.

Upon entering the cloud we witnessed an uncanny spectacle. It became dark and black, without rain, and visibility was about four or five miles. There were no lightning bolts, only extraordinarily bright white flashes that would illuminate the entire surrounding area. The deeper we penetrated, the more intense the flashes became, so we made a 135-degree turn to the left and headed due south out of the cloud.

We had been flying for 27 minutes. We thought we might be able to fly around the cloud, but after six or seven miles we saw that it continued in a near-perfect curve to the east. After two more minutes it became apparent that the cloud near Andros and the cloud near Bimini were actually opposite sides of the same ring-shaped body! The cloud must have formed just off of Andros Island and then rapidly spread outward into the shape of a doughnut with a diameter of 30 miles. This seemed impossible, but there was no other explanation. We were trapped inside a billowing prison, with no way under or over it.

Thirteen miles later, I noticed a large U-shaped opening on the west side of the doughnut cloud. I had no choice but to turn and try to exit through the opening. As we approached, we watched the top ends of the U-gap join, forming a hole. The break in the cloud now formed a perfect horizontal tunnel, one mile wide and more than 10 miles long. We could see the clear blue sky on the other side.

Contrails form while exiting the tunnel. Courtesy of Bruce Gernon

We also saw that the tunnel was rapidly shrinking. I increased the engine RPM, bringing our speed to the caution area of 230 miles per hour. When we entered the tunnel, its diameter had narrowed to only 200 feet.

I was amazed at what the shaft now looked like. It appeared to be only a mile long instead of ten-plus as I had originally estimated. Light from the afternoon sun shone through the exit hole and made the silky white walls glow. The walls were perfectly round and slowly constricting. All around the edges were small puffs of clouds of a contrasting gray, swirling counterclockwise around the airplane.

We were in the tunnel for only 20 seconds before we emerged from the other end. For about five seconds I had the strange feeling of weightlessness and an increased forward momentum. When I looked back, I gasped to see the tunnel walls collapse and form a slit that slowly rotated clockwise.

All of our electronic and magnetic navigational instruments were malfunctioning. The compass was slowly spinning even as the airplane flew straight. I contacted Miami and told them we were about 45 miles southeast of Bimini, heading east at 10,500 feet. The radar controller replied that he was unable to identify us anywhere in that area.

Something bizarre had happened. Instead of the blue sky we expected, everything was a dull, grayish white haze. Visibility seemed like more than two miles, yet we could not see the ocean, the horizon, or the sky. The air was very stable and there was no lightning or rain. I like to refer to this as an “electronic fog;” because it seemed to be what was interfering with our instruments. I had to use my imagination to feel our way west.

We were in the electronic fog for three minutes when the controller radioed that he had identified an airplane directly over Miami Beach, flying due west. I looked at my watch and saw that we had been flying for less than 34 minutes. We could not yet have reached Miami Beach— we should have been approaching the Bimini Islands. I told the controller that he must have identified another airplane and that we were approximately 90 miles southwest of Miami and still looking for Bimini.

The “electronic fog” dissipates and Miami Beach comes into view. Courtesy of Bruce Gernon

Suddenly the fog started breaking apart, in a weird sort of electronic fashion. Long horizontal lines appeared in the fog on either side of us. The lines widened into slits about four or five miles long. We saw blue sky through them. The slits continued expanding and joined together. Within eight seconds, all the slits had joined, and the gray fog had disappeared. All I could see was brilliant blue sky as my pupils adjusted to the abrupt increase in brightness. Then, I saw the barrier island of Miami Beach directly below.

After we landed at Palm Beach I realized that the flight had taken a little less than 47 minutes. I thought something must have been wrong with the airplane’s timer, yet all three of our watches showed that it was 3:48 P.M.

I had never made it from Andros to Palm Beach in less than 75 minutes, even on a direct route. Our course on this flight was quite indirect and probably covered close to 250 miles. How could the airplane travel 250 miles in 47 minutes? We taxied to customs, ending the fortuitous flight. We didn’t talk about it for a long time.

I could not logically understand what had happened during that flight, although I felt it was significant and reviewed it in my mind several times a day. In 1972 I heard about the so-called Bermuda Triangle and disappearances of boats and airplanes because of a possible time warp. It was then that I realized that time itself was the key.

The above account, and the photos, has been taken from the website of Gian J. Quasar, a renowned researcher of the Bermuda Triangle mystery and the author of a popular book on the Triangle mystery. His site is one of the most authoritative sources of the Bermuda Triangle mystery on the net. You can check out his site here.


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