Bermuda Triangle plane mystery 'solved' | |
|[pic] | | | | | | | | |Two of the so-called Bermuda Triangle's most mysterious disappearances in the late 1940s may have been solved. | | |Scores of ships and planes are said to have vanished without trace over the decades in a vast triangular area of ocean | | |with imaginary points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. | | |But journalist Tom Mangold's new examination for the BBC provides plausible explanations for the disappearance of two | | |British commercial planes in the area, with the loss of 51 passengers and crew. | | |One plane probably suffered from catastrophic technical failure as a result of poor design, while the other is likely to | | |have run out of fuel. | | |Sixty years ago, commercial flights from London to Bermuda were new and perilous. It would require a refuelling stop on | | |the Azores before the 2,000-mile flight to Bermuda, which at that time was the longest non-stop commercial overseas flight| | |in the world. | | |The planes would have been operating at the limit of their range. Today planes arriving at the tiny Atlantic island have | | |sufficient reserve fuel to divert to the US East Coast 700 miles away, in case of emergency. | | |And the planes of the post-war era were far less reliable than today's airliners. | | |British South American Airways (BSAA), which operated the route, had a grim safety record. In three years it had had 11 | | |serious accidents and lost five planes with 73 passengers and 22 crew members killed. | | |Unsolved mystery | | |On 30 January 1948, a BSAA Avro Tudor IV plane disappeared without trace. Twenty-five passengers and a crew of six were on| | |board The Star Tiger. No bodies or wreckage were found. | | |The official investigation into the disappearance concluded: "It may truly be said that no more baffling problem has ever | | |been presented....
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