Flight 19, a group of five Navy bombers on a training mission over the Atlantic Ocean suddenly disappeared without radio contact in a notoriously mysterious area called the Bermuda Triangle. The flight formation was flying a routine mock bombing run and reported malfunctioning electronic equipment, then vanished without a trace. A search and rescue team sent after Flight 19 succumbed to the same fate, disappearing after a loss of radio contact. Authors during the time published newspaper stories, articles and books steadily adding to the unexplained happenings in, and around the triangle.
Articles discussing several strange disappearances in the area soon featured a triangular map overlay using last known coordinates and projected flight paths, a Bermuda Triangle. Some researchers believe the area does not show any more strange disappearances than any other part of the ocean. Others contend there is substantial non-embellished evidence credible to previous conclusive statements suggesting the Bermuda Triangle is a strange unexplained anomaly capable of swallowing ships and planes. A few researchers decided to investigate the zone from a different angle. They believe areas with strange magnetic properties may explain unidentified flying or submerged object sightings around the world, suggesting an alien base resides deep below the ocean with capability to disrupt ships on the surface and planes in the air passing by.
Airplanes and ships moving through the area do occasionally report compass malfunctions, instrument panel problems, and slight pilot disorientation, which could easily be responsible for mishaps. Yet, military trained pilots and captains are trained to handle these types of unpredictable situations, at least more-so than civilian hobbyists. A compass will naturally and normally shift at times to fix on a magnetic bearing, but this does not account for sporadic needle spinning and on-board electronic components losing power. Physical anomalies such as concentrated magnetic fields or electromagnetic influxes have not been identified in the triangle area by scientific means. Other possible causes for unexplained loss of aircraft and ships in the triangle are sometimes attributed to unpredictable weather phenomenon such pop-up storms, developing hurricanes, bursting methane hydrate fields, rogue waves, microbursts and irregular wind patterns from the Gulf Stream.
Recent theories contest the Bermuda Triangle, and similar locations found around the world, are byproducts of mysterious anomalies and normal fluctuations in Earth's magnetic field. The hot spots for these areas of anomalies and unexplained phenomena were dubbed Vile Vortices, by Ivan T. Sanderson. Another dangerous triangle area exists south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean, called the Devil's Sea or Dragon's Triangle. Japanese charts specifically report the area as a danger zone, having lost hundreds of crew members on several ships over the years, and vessels are warned by the government to avoid routes through the area if at all possible. Both the Bermuda and Dragon's Triangle are well known, with many incident reports filed since the 1950's, and are nearly equally publicized in respective areas. However, ancient Japanese legends trace unexplained occurrences in the Dragon's triangle to around 1,000 BCE, when dragons were believed to be living off the coast of Japan.
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