List of Bermuda Triangle incidents

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Thomas Arthur Garner (c. 1945)

This is a list of incidents attributed in popular culture to the Bermuda Triangle or Devil's Triangle.

Aircraft incidents[edit]

  • 1945: July 10, Thomas Arthur Garner, AMM3, USN, along with eleven other crew members, was lost at sea in a US Navy PBM3S patrol seaplane, Bu. No.6545, Sqd VPB2-OTU#3, in the Bermuda Triangle. They left the Naval Air Station, Banana River, Florida, at 7:07 p.m. on July 9, 1945, for a radar training flight to Great Exuma, Bahamas. Their last radio position report was sent at 1:16 a.m., July 10, 1945, with a latitude/longitude of 25.22N 77.34W, near Providence Island, after which they were never heard from again. An extensive ten-day surface and air search, including a carrier sweep, found nothing.[1]
  • 1945: December 5, Flight 19 (five TBF Avengers) lost with 14 airmen, and later the same day PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19.[2]
  • 1947: July 3, According to the Bermuda Triangle Legend a B-29 Superfortress was lost off Bermuda. Lawrence Kunsche investigated and found no reference to any such B-29 loss. In fact the aircraft loss was that of a Douglas C-54 which was lost in a storm off the Florida coast [3] A B-29 was lost in the vicinity of Bermuda;-on November 16, 1949, a B-29 was lost in the Atlantic; 2 crewmen were missing but on November 19, 1949, 18 survivors were rescued 385 miles northeast of Bermuda.[4]
  • 1948: January 30, Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger lost with six crew and 27 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda.[5]
  • 1948: December 28, Douglas DC-3 NC16002 lost with three crew and 36 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami, Florida.[6]
  • 1949: January 17, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.[7]
  • 1956: November 9, Martin Marlin lost ten crewmen taking off from Bermuda.
  • 1962: January 8, A USAF KB-50 51-0465 was lost over the Atlantic between the US East Coast and the Azores[8]
  • 1965: June 9, A USAF C-119 Flying Boxcar of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing missing between Florida and Grand Turk Island[9] The last call from the plane came from a point just north of Crooked Island, Bahamas, and 177 miles from Grand Turk Island. On July 18, 1965 debris from the plane was found on the beach of Gold Rock Cay just off the northeastern shore of Acklins Island.[10]
  • 1965: December 6, Private ERCoupe F01[11] lost with pilot and one passenger, en route from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahamas Island.[12]
  • 1991: October 31, A Grumman Cougar jet piloted by John Verde and Paul Lucaris disappeared off of radar. While this case does appear on some lists of "Triangle" disappearances, this case actually occurred in the Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Louisiana, southeast of Lake Charles.[13]
  • 2005: June 20, A Piper-PA-23 disappeared between Treasure Cay Island, Bahamas and Fort Pierce, Florida. There were three people on board.[14]
  • 2007: April 10, A Piper PA-46-310P disappeared near Berry Island after flying into a level 6 thunderstorm and losing altitude. Two fatalities were listed.[15]
  • 2017: February 23, The Turkish Airlines flight TK183 (an Airbus A330-200) was forced to change its direction from Havana, Cuba to Washington Dulles airport after some mechanical and electrical problems occurred over the triangle.[16]
  • 2017: May 15, A private MU-2B aircraft was at 24,000 feet when it vanished from radar and radio contact with air traffic controllers in Miami.[17] Plane wreckage was found later.[18]

Incidents at sea[edit]

  • 1492: On the night of October 11, Christopher Columbus and the crew of Santa Maria reported a sighting of unknown light, just days before the landing at Guanahani.[19]
  • 1800: USS Pickering, on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, lost with 90 people on board.[20] {Possibly lost in a gale}
  • 1814: USS Wasp, last known position was the Caribbean, lost with 140 people on board.[20] {Possibly lost in a storm}
  • 1824: USS Wild Cat, on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, lost with 14 people on board.[20] {Note lost in a Gale with 31 on board}
  • 1840: Rosalie, found abandoned except for a canary.[20] {Possibly the "Rossini" found derelict{?}[21]
  • 1881: According to legend a sailing ship the Ellen Austin found a derelict vessel and placed a crew to sail the vessel to port. Two versions of what happened to the vessel are: the vessel was either lost in a storm or was found again without a crew. Lawrence David Kusche author of "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery-Solved" found no mention in 1880 or 1881 newspapers of this alleged incident-he did trace the legend to a book by Rupert Gould "The Stargazer Talks" published in 1943. The "Ellen Austin" did exist; a check from Lloyd's of London records proved the existence of Meta, built in 1854, and that in 1880, Meta was renamed Ellen Austin. There are no casualty listings for this vessel, or any vessel at that time, that would suggest a large number of missing men were placed on board a derelict that later disappeared although one website includes the alleged derelict vessel incident it does find that Rupert Gould talked about the legend on radio in the 1930s;[22] likewise the website traces the derelict story to a June 1906 newspaper story-which claims the derelict ship incident took place in 1891;[22] however the 1906 story does not give a reference of where this story came from.
  • 1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with all 306 crew and passengers en route to Baltimore, Maryland.[23]
  • 1921: January 31, Carroll A. Deering, five-masted schooner, Captain W. B. Wormell, found aground and abandoned at Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.[24]
  • 1925: 1 December, SS Cotopaxi, having departed Charleston, South Carolina two days earlier bound for Havana, Cuba, radioed a distress call reporting that the ship was sinking. She was officially listed as overdue on 31 December.[25]
  • 1941: USS Proteus (AC-9), lost with all 58 persons on board in heavy seas, having departed St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands with a cargo of bauxite on 23 November. The following month, her sister ship USS Nereus (AC-10) was lost with all 61 persons on board, having also departed St. Thomas with a cargo of bauxite, on 10 December. According to research by Rear Admiral George van Deurs, USN, who was familiar with this type of ship from their service in the USN, the acidic coal cargo would seriously erode the longitudinal support beams, making these aging and poorly constructed colliers extremely vulnerable to breaking up in heavy seas.[26] They were both sister ships of the USS Cyclops.
  • 1958: Revonoc. A 43-foot racing yawl was lost with owner Harvey Conover and four others between Key West and Miami Florida in a hurricane. The only trace found was the Revonoc 14-foot skiff near Jupiter Florida[27]
  • 1963: SS Marine Sulphur Queen, lost with 39 crewmen, having departed Beaumont, Texas, on 2 February with a cargo of 15,260 tons of sulfur. She was last heard from on 4 February, when she was in rough, nearly following seas of 16 feet, with northerly winds of 25–46 knots, and listed as missing two days later. The Coast Guard subsequently determined that the ship was unsafe and not seaworthy, and never should have sailed. The final report suggested four causes of the disaster, all due to poor design and maintenance of the ship.[28]
  • 2015: In late July 2015, two 14-year-old boys, Austin Stephanos, and Perry Cohen went on a fishing trip in their 19-foot boat. Despite the 15,000 square nautical mile wide search by US Coast Guard,[29] the pair's boat was found a year later off the coast of Bermuda, but the boys were never seen again.[30]
  • 2015: SS El Faro, with a crew of 33 aboard, sank off of the coast of the Bahamas within the triangle on October 1, 2015. Search crews identified the vessel 15,000 feet below the surface.

Incidents on land[edit]

Incident table[edit]

Year Type of incident Number of fatalities Survivors
1945 Air 12 0
1945 Air 14 0
1945 Air 13 0
1947 Air 2 18
1948 Air 31 0
1948 Air 39 0
1949 Air 20 0
1956 Air 10 0
1965 Air 2 0
2005 Air 3 0
2007 Air 2 0
1800 Sea 90 0
1814 Sea 140 0
1824 Sea 31 0
1918 Sea 306 0
1941 Sea 58 0
1941 Sea 61 0
1963 Sea 39 0
2015 Sea 2 0
2015 Sea 33 0
1969 Land 2 0
Total 910 18


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  2. ^ The Loss Of Flight 19, Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center. (archived from the original on July 9, 1997)
  3. ^ Harro Ranter (3 July 1947). "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54G-1-DO Skymaster 45-519 Florida coast, USA".
  4. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel November 20, 1949". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ G-AHNP Aviation Safety Network – Avro 688 Tudor 1 G-AHNP
  6. ^ NC16002 Aviation Safety Network – Douglas DC-3DST-144 NC16002
  7. ^ G-AGRE Avro 688 Tudor Mk.1 G-AGRE c/n 1253 – Jack McKillop
  8. ^ Harro Ranter. "ASN Aircraft accident 08-JAN-1962 Boeing KB-50K Superfortress 51-0465".
  9. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar 51-2680 Crooked Island, Bahamas". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  10. ^ "The Milwaukee Journal August 11, 1965". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  11. ^ [The Legend lists plane loss as a "Cessna" But see NTSA report]
  12. ^ "NTSB Record as NTSB Identification: MIA66A0065". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
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  15. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43829".
  16. ^ "The Turkish Airlines plane en route to Cuba landed to the US".
  17. ^ Li, David K.; Sheehy, Kate (2017-05-16). "Small plane carrying family vanishes in Bermuda Triangle". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
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  19. ^ "Columbus: The Light of 11 October, 1492". The Islands' Sun. March–April 1990. Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
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  21. ^ "The derelict Rosalie". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
  22. ^ a b Sometimes Interesting (2015-12-10). "The Ellen Austin Encounter". Sometimes Interesting. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  23. ^ USS Cyclops Archived 2010-08-10 at the Wayback Machine Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center – Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  24. ^ Simpson, Bland (2005). Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals. UNC Press Books. ISBN 9780807856178.
  25. ^ "Mails and Shipping". The Times (44157). London. 31 December 1925. col D, p. 18.
  26. ^ Rob Fisher. "Naval – History of the Royal Canadian Navy – Canadian Merchant Ship Losses, 1939–1945".
  27. ^ Nature Keeps a Grim Date at sea Sports Illustrated January 20, 1958 Archive accessed September 29,2018
  28. ^ "Marine Sulphur Queen Coast Guard Report Summary of Findings". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  29. ^ "2 Boys in a Fishing Boat Vanish In the Bermuda Triangle". 26 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  30. ^ Angel, Greg (2017-04-23). "One Year Later: Austin & Perry Boat Found". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  31. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the Bahamas". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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