An Australian scientist says he has uncovered the mystery behind the infamous Bermuda Triangle, known for its urban legends and stories of puzzling ship and plane disappearances in the western North Atlantic.
Located between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, this precarious stretch of sea is prone to rapidly changing weather patterns, variable sea levels and complicated navigational realities that have given it an ominous alternative name; the Devil’s Triangle.
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However, Australian scientist Karl Kruszelnicki has argued that there are no supernatural explanations for the tales surrounding the Forbidden Region, but a matter of “probabilities,” Popular Mechanics reported this week.
“The number [of ships and planes] disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere else in the world percentage-wise,” he told The Independent in 2017.
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He repeated his belief again in 2022, and resurfaced earlier this month, noting that human error and poor weather conditions are likely behind all the disappearances that have contributed to the superstition associated with the Triangle. Bermuda, including the loss of Flight 19 in 1945.
Flight 19 was a group of five Navy Avengers aircraft that disappeared without a trace while flying off the coast of Florida on December 5, 1945.
However, Kruszelnicki’s claims are nothing new.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) also maintains Kruszelnicki’s position, writing in a 2010 report: “There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large well traveled ocean area.”
“The US Navy and US Coast Guard assert that there are no supernatural explanations for disasters at sea,” NOAA also noted. “Their experience suggests that the combined forces of nature and human fallibility overcome even the most incredulous science fiction.”
Similarly, the insurance house Lloyd’s of London has held this position since the 1970s.