The Bermuda Triangle is infamous for mercilessly gobbling up aircraft and ships. We look at some of the victims of this most mysterious part of the world

Where is it?

Formed by Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys, the so-called Bermuda Triangle covers about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. Over the years, many ships, submarines and planes are said to have disappeared without trace.
Here are a few of the mysteries…

The Ellen Austin

ellen-austin-web-resized-into-squareThe Ellen Austin was one of the first ships to encounter mysterious circumstances in the Bermuda Triangle in 1881.

Plying her route from London to New York through the triangle, she came across another ship on the way which was moving at good speed. Bizarrely, the other ship had no-one onboard.

Seeing an opportunity to salvage the ship, the captain sent some of his crew aboard to sail to New York. After a couple of days they hit a huge storm and were separated. The unnamed ship was never seen again…

The USS Cyclops

USS Cyclops

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After departing from Barbados in February 1918, with a cargo of ore, the USS Cyclops disappeared, along with its 309 crew. There was no distress call, no debris and no evidence of the ship’s demise was ever found.

Flight 19

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Many aircraft have also disappeared. Flight 19, a training mission of five bombers, went missing on 5 December 1945. Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown.

The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6.20pm. Then at 7.27pm a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. Three minutes later, the Mariner aircraft radioed to its home base that its mission was underway. The Mariner was never heard from again…

And the rest…

Besides disappearances, glowing lights, electronic malfunctions, power failures and ghost ships plague this triangle. Watch the 10 facts on the video below to find out more…

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