Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean

In which ocean is the Bermuda Triangle located?
And the answer: Atlantic Ocean.    
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The Bermuda Triangle is a section of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by the Florida Panhandle, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. It is known for the ominous disappearance of dozens of ships and airplanes in unexplained circumstances.

In 1950, an article was published in multiple American newspapers highlighting numerous unexplained disappearances between the coast of Florida and the island of Bermuda. The article details 5 separate incidents from the previous half-decade, in which 1 boat, 9 planes and some 135 civilians and crewmen vanished. This publication marks the first time that this particular region was suspected of being abnormally prone to nautical vanishments.

Interestingly, the phenomenon was soon made out to be an enigmatic mystery. A 1952 magazine specializing in the paranormal outlined the region as a triangle — a fact which the author did not elaborate on — and soon the idea stuck.

One of the catalysts for the mystery comes in the story of Flight 19. On the 5th of December, 1945, a squadron of five planes departed a Naval Air Station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was a routine navigation exercise that should not have posed a problem for the 14 experienced pilots and crew, yet 2 hours into the exercise one of the pilots began to experience disorientation and compass malfunction. While stations attempted to maintain contact with Flight 19, they could not successfully locate its position. Some 4 hours later, Navy personnel were able to locate the plane some 200 km off its intended flight path. A seaplane was dispatched to the location, but after a routine transmission, it, too, disappeared. Flight 19 was never seen, or heard from, again.

While it seems mysterious, there are a number of other factors which could have led to disappearances such as this one. Inexperienced flight plans, confused communication between the tower and the plane, and a variety of other factors should all be considered in the mystery that surrounds the Bermuda Triangle.

Learn more about the legends and lore of the Triangle here.

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