During the past 100 years, more than 20 planes and 50 ships have met their doom in the Bermuda Triangle, and area of the Caribbean that boasts corners at Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Also known as the "Devil's Triangle", this unexplained phenomena has provided an ample battlefield for a fierce controversy that has raged since the early 1960's.
First reported as an AP dispatch in 1950 by E.V.W. Jones as a side note to the many ships lost in the area, and reiterated two years later in an Fate magazine article, by George X. Sand. Books on UFOs in the late 50's also spoke of the triangle, suggesting that it was alien in nature. The term "Bermuda Triangle" was not coined until 1964, when it was brought to light as "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle", an article in Argosy magazine by Vincent H. Gaddis. Bermuda Triangle fever peaked in 1974, with a number of books (mostly just re-written versions of the older books) getting national press.
One of the most famous disappearances involves an entire team of five U.S. Navy TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers, known as "Flight 19". On December 5th, 1945, Flight 19 departed from the U. S. Naval Air Station, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a routine training mission. All five planes were well fueled with and in top running condition. Later that same date, all five planes were mysteriously lost at sea. Even the rescue plane with 13 crew members sent after them disappeared. No trace of the planes or of the crew members has ever been found. More detailed information regarding Flight 19 can be found on the by visiting "The Naval Historical Center Home-Page".
Here is a partial list of some other disappearances:
The matter of an unusual amount of disappearances in the area of the Bermuda Triangle is not really in doubt; the cause of the disappearances, however, is. Skeptics chalk the "mystery" up to the strong currents of the region, the gulf stream forcing a large portion of the Triangle's tides to flow directly north, throwing many would be sailors off course and out to sea. Also pointed out is the great discrepancy between Magnetic North, and the North Pole in the region (a fact noted by Columbus on his voyage).
But this explanation is not good enough for some. Surely there are many places in the world with dangerous currents and directional difficulties. Why is the Bermuda Triangle host to so many unfortunate accidents?
Aliens are one possible reason. Anti-gravity technology or other otherworldly energies may be sent off by either a downed UFO, as many of the early reports of the Triangle believed. Also, the Triangle may provide an undersea Earth base for aliens who value privacy, and send out energies to confuse vessels coming a little too close to home.
Others believe that the Bermuda Triangle Phenomena is caused by the Lost City of Atlantis, sunk thousands of feet below the water's surface. The advanced state of Atlantis at the time of it's submersion, relied on the power of energy crystals. It is possible that these crystals are still at the bottom of the ocean, in a somewhat altered state, sending out rays of energy that either confuses the instrumentation of vehicles, or disintegrates them all together.
Lastly, many believe the Bermuda Triangle to be a man-made energy field using Tesla based technologies. A VLF-Resonance transmitter (a technology many believe to be in use by the North American Air Defense Command, or NORAD) would have an antipode directly in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. This hypothetical system would be capable of recharging speculated secret electric-powered submarine classes, and would definitely provide enough interference to scramble signals that airplanes and boats rely upon.
Generally given less and less credence by experts, it's hard to even get a scholar to mention the Triangle these days, for fear of it dirtying their name. But under the skin of so-called "accepted science" rumbles a scientific underground that will not be put down, logically, or otherwise.