After 75 years, an Australian expert tries to unravel the “lost flight” riddle in the Bermuda Triangle.
Researcher Shane Satterley has provided new insight on the mystery of five planes and their whole crew disappearing above the fabled Bermuda Triangle on Dec. 5, 1945.
Five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers known as Flight 19 departed from their Florida base on a regular training trip under Lieutenant Charles Taylor’s lead.
However, after approaching the Bermuda Triangle — an area of sea covering 4 million square kilometers and encompassing the United States, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico – all 14 crew members and their aircraft went missing within hours.
Some prefer to make paranormal hypothesis. For example, UFOs and even an underwater metropolis have been suggested as possible causes for the plane’s disappearance.
However, Satterley believes that other elements need be considered in order to arrive at a conclusion.
“The investigation found that as it got dark outside and the weather changed, Taylor had navigated the planes to the wrong location,” he said according to 9News .
“Taylor also had a history of getting lost while flying. He had twice needed to be rescued in the Pacific Ocean.” Satterley added.
Flight 19’s Grumman Avenger torpedo bombers sunk in less than a minute when forced to land at sea.
“And once aircraft sink in the vast ocean, they are often never found again. This is true even today. For example, only a small amount of debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, which disappeared in 2014, has been found.” said Satterley.
The Australian researcher added that another key aspect was that many of Flight 19’s pilots were inexperienced.
“Most of the pilots involved in the incident were trainees. This means they weren’t properly taught how to use all the aircraft instruments when flying at night, or in bad weather.” said Satterley of Griffiths University in Queensland.
Following the flight’s disappearance, a rescue plane dispatched to look for them also vanished.
Some pilots stated their compasses were not working, and navigating was practically difficult.
“We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, the water is green, no white.” said Taylor in one of the last radio signals received.
All things considered, what happened at Bermudas Triangle is still a mystery 75 years afterwards.