What is the Bermuda Triangle

Did you know there exists an area of the Atlantic Ocean just off the east coast of the United States that runs from south Florida, to the island of Bermuda and down to Puerto Rico and back? It is called the Bermuda Triangle to those who believe in this mysterious zone where airplanes and ships have gone missing over the years.

The Bermuda Triangle got its name from an article by Vincent Gaddis in 1964 titled “The Deadly Bermuda Triangle.” Since then the name stuck and is now used when discussing this mysterious region of the ocean. Others have called it the Devil’s Triangle as well thinking there is something demonic going on with all the disappearances.

Flight 19

The most famous incident took place on December 5th, 1945 when 5 Grumman Avenger torpedo bombers went missing inside the triangle while on a routine combat training exercise led by Lieutenant Charles Carrol Taylor. The flight was going just as planned until the Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale lost all contact with the squadron never to be heard or seen from again.

When the Navy organized a search and rescue mission they combed miles and miles of the area where the last known transmission from Flight 19 had come from but found nothing. A Martin PBM-5 Mariner, that was part of the search, had also disappeared without explanation.


While other ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared just like Flight 19 there are many different theories as to what happened to them. The United States government doesn’t even acknowledge the name “Bermuda Triangle” because their claim is there is no mystery to their disappearances. Every disappearance has a rational scientific explanation but not everyone who has studied this phenomena agrees.

One popular theory suggests that the region is either a time or dimensional portal that randomly occurs. This would explain why planes and ships suddenly lose land-based communication with their radio operators.

But how would this be possible?

Some suggest that at the bottom of the Atlantic where the Bermuda Triangle lies is the Lost City of Atlantis and that there is an artifact that opens up a trans-dimensional gateway when planes and ships travel inside the triangle.

Another theory is alien abduction. This would explain the disappearance of the crew but would aliens also take the plane or ship as well? This theory was popularized in the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Other less popular theories include methane hydrates which is a form of natural gas that rises up from the ocean floor forming bubbles and causing ships to lose their buoyancy. This explains the sudden loss of ships but what about Flight 19? Can natural gas reach into the sky and cause the engine of a plane to malfunction as some believe?

The bottom line is none of the planes or ships that have mysteriously gone missing have yet to be found. Perhaps if they all do lie at the bottom of the ocean the sea bed has moved them from their original position from where they first sank.

Is there a mystery to the Bermuda Triangle? There certainly seems to be in my opinion. But we will never know for sure until every missing plane and ship has been found.