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On This Day… The Mystery Of Flight 19

Written by: George Chittenden : 14 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 5th December, back in 1945 when five U.S. Navy bombers disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. The Avenger torpedo bombers left Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission at 2:10 p.m., never to return creating one of the biggest mysteries in history. The infamous Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. The area of flight was within the Bermuda Triangle, an area renowned for causing instrument malfunctions including compass and radio malfunctions.

The triangle itself is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo. The flight leader that day had been flying in the area for more than six months and was an experienced pilot. However, two hours into the flight he reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. Bizarrely the other four planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. After a further two more hours the last distorted radio transmission was heard from the flight leader calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

So, what are your thoughts folks? Do you have a theory?

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