The Bermuda Triangle has claimed the lives of at least 75 planes in the past as well as hundreds of ships, but scientists think they have the answer to what causes these disappearances.
Compared to the wild theories people have come up with such as the lost City of Atlantis or Aliens, the 500km square stretch in the North Atlantic Ocean has a more straight forward and realistic solution to its mystery.
Looks like sea monsters are out of the question too.
It appears that Hexagonal clouds are creating “air bombs”, forcing winds with speeds of up to 170mph. That’s enough force a plane to go crashing down towards the ocean. This can also generate waves that could reach heights of 45 feet, more than high enough to flip ships completely.
Meteorologist Randy Cerveny puts it in more detail:
“These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs. They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other.“
Hexagonal clouds are highlighted above in a satellite image.
One of the most famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle was Flight 19, back in 1945. It vanished when five torpedo bombers lost contact during a US Navy training flight. All 14 of the crew were lost, as well as all 13 crew members of a flying boat that went out to search for it.
The lost crew of Flight 19, vanished in the Bermuda Triangle shortly after WW2.
More recently, the cargo ship El Faro disappeared in 2015, including all 33 crew members on board. The ship was gone after being caught in a Hurricane off the southern coast of the Bahamas.