The Bermuda Triangle covers the Straits of Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean Island area and the Atlantic east. It is one of the most heavily trafficked shipping lanes in the world, connecting the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean Islands. There is also the presence of thousands of cruise ships and commercial and private airplanes that travel over it yearly.
The Bermuda Triangle is famous for having supposed disappearances of planes and ships due to paranormal or extra-terrestrial activity. There is also evidence proving that the number of disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle is no more than those found in other parts of the world. Despite these facts there are still many theories that abound over the unexplained disappearances of ships and aircrafts over this particular area.
The first time that the Bermuda Triangle was mentioned as being a place known for having unusual disappearances of ships and airplanes was in 1950. It focused primarily on the disappearance of Flight 19. Flight 19 was a group of TBM Avenger bombers who were on a training mission over the Atlantic Ocean. They went missing on December 5, 1945. When they never returned to base, a search and rescue aircraft was sent to look for them and it also disappeared. At the time that the search and rescue flight disappeared it was recorded that a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida had reported a large explosion. This was believed to have been the aircraft. While the version of the disappearance was accurate, it did not take into account the stormy weather or the fact that there was no mention of any magnetic problems in the area during any conversations made by the pilots of Flight 19.
There are many supernatural theories surrounding the reasons for the disappearances of aircrafts and ships in the Bermuda Triangle. One of the main theories is that they are caused by the technology left over by Atlantis. But whether or not Atlantis with its super advanced technology ever existed is questionable as well. Others argue that the disappearances are caused by abduction from aliens. Though there are many other arguments related to paranormal activity there are just as many natural causes that could explain the disappearances – especially considering where the Bermuda Triangle is located.
One of the natural phenomena suggested is the existence of the Gulf Stream of Mexico. It starts in the Gulf of Mexico and goes through the Straits of Florida into the Atlantic. The Gulf Stream of Mexico is basically a river inside an ocean and has the ability to carry small floating objects along with it such as small planes or boats having engine trouble. The possibility that they were carried away by the stream from their reported location is therefore great. Another possibility of unexplained disappearances that the stories fail to suggest is human error. Whether or not the error is deliberate or accidental, people are known to make sometimes fatal mistakes and the losses in the Bermuda Triangle are no exception.