Bermuda Triangle (02:04)
The area of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico is known as the Bermuda Triangle. The stretch of water has been responsible for the disappearance of hundreds of ships and planes. Rick Edwards and Ortis Deley learn about the new technology being used to test the science behind its reputation.
Flight 19 (05:37)
The disappearance of Flight 19 on December 5, 1945 helped cement the Bermuda Triangle's reputation. Five Navy aircraft flew out of Miami for a routine training flight. The 14 airmen completed half of their training mission but became disoriented, got lost, ignored messages from ground control, and disappeared.
Pilot Confusion (04:56)
The Flight 19 team leader was an experienced airmen and flight instructor, but it is easy for pilots to get lost or confused if any equipment is faulty. Deley tests out a flight simulator with the conditions in the Bermuda Triangle the night of the disappearance.
Bermuda Triangle Weather (05:27)
Thick clouds, strong storms, and hurricanes are common in the area, which can make flying difficult. Edwards visits the weather station on Bermuda, which uses balloons twice a day to collect weather data. Numerous disappeared planes were caught in thunderstorms in the Triangle.
Microbursts, sudden and intense downpours of rain within a thunderstorm, are common in the Bermuda Triangle. One could be responsible for the 1948 disappearance of the Star Tiger flight, which was flying at a low altitude and could have been forced into the ocean.
Air Investigations (04:56)
Air crash responders first look for survivors and then attempt to find wreckage of the plane on the ocean floor. The deep water and mountainous ocean floor of the Bermuda Triangle make finding wreckage difficult. Modern planes are equipped with underwater locator beacons, usually attached to the flight recorder, or black box.
Search and Rescue (04:27)
Seaplanes are commonly used to rescue victims of plane or boat crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. It is difficult to spot people in the water and the pilot stays low to get a better view.
Ghost Ships (05:05)
The phenomenon of ghost ships, or ships floating on air, has been reported in the Bermuda Triangle. The ships are a mirage created by how light moves through cold and warm air.
Crash Sites (05:41)
Edwards goes with a local diver to the crash site of a bomb plane from the 1960s. The plane was smashed to pieces on impact and landed in a swallow part of the ocean. Most wreckage lands in deeper water and is never seen again.
Credits: Secrets Of The Bermuda Triangle: Fallen From The Sky (00:33)
Credits: Secrets Of The Bermuda Triangle: Fallen From The Sky
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