An Australian scientist claims he has solved the so-called mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle – a region of the North Atlantic between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico that is well known for tales of vanishing aircraft and ships.
For decades the Devil’s Triangle, as it’s also known, has been infamous as a hot-spot for unexplained disappearances. This has prompted much speculation and some wild theories – ranging from waterspouts, methane bubbles or magnetic field anomalies, to wormholes, long-lost technology from Atlantis or aliens.
However, Karl Kruszelnicki argues the truth is much more mundane. He believes it’s just down to a combination of sheer probability – and human error and weather – rather than the occurrence of any kind of unusual phenomenon.
Kruszelnicki believes there are in fact no mysterious circumstances in the area at all
As result of his studies, Kruszelnicki argued: “The number [of ships and planes] that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis.” Kruszelnicki
“It is close to the equator, near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic.”
Indeed, Kruszelnicki claims the area, which saw a group of five US Navy bombers known as Flight 19 vanish without a trace in 1945, has a similar percentage of missing boats and planes when compared to anywhere else in the world. The Sydney University boffin believes human error and bad weather are the most likely causes of anything untoward, rather than alien abductions or energy beams from the lost city of Atlantis as cited by some theorists.
Speaking about Flight 19 itself, he explained that the only truly experienced pilot involved in the 14-strong crew was its leader, Lieutenant Charles Taylor, and his human error may have contributed to the famous tragedy.
Satellite Imagery of Bermuda
“[He] arrived with a hangover, flew off without a watch, and had a history of getting lost and ditching his plane twice before,” said Kruszelnicki.
He went on to claim that radio transcripts from before the patrol vanished made it clear that Flight 19 had become unsure of its position
“If you read the radio transcripts some of the junior pilots are saying, ‘Why don’t we fly to the west?’, and the pilot says, ‘Why don’t we fly to the east?'” Kruszelnicki explained.
Indeed the transcripts reveal Lt Taylor believed his compass had malfunctioned and he was above the Florida Keys. However, later analysis showed he was much further to south east in the Bahamas.
Kruszelnicki’s claims were first reported in the Independent in 2017 but have resurfaced again this month in Popular Mechanics magazine,when he also said human error and poor weather conditions are likely behind all the disappearances, Fox News reported.