9 Terrifying Stories About The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, sits in the ocean between Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the tip of Florida. This western region of the North Atlantic Ocean is shrouded in mystery. An absurdly large number of ships and planes have had accidents under mysterious circumstances and, in some of the creepiest Bermuda Triangle cases, have vanished without a trace while traveling over this dangerous stretch of water.

Scientists have attempted to make sense out of the strange phenomenon surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. The methane gas theory attributes the disappearances of ships to rapid sinking caused by methane gas escaping from beneath the ocean floor, reducing the density of the water. But this doesn’t explain the planes. Theories have ranged from electronic fogs and magnetic pulls interfering with navigational equipment to freak waves and an unusual seafloor capable of first battering and then swallowing these massive metal structures.

Some believe aliens are responsible. Others think it’s a portal to another world. One of the most outrageous claims is that leftover technology from the lost city of Atlantis is located there and causing interference.

So many theories, none of them able to provide a definitive explanation for why more planes and ships have disappeared within this triangular section of the ocean than anywhere else in the world. This list contains some of the freakiest Bermuda Triangle cases in history. 

  • A C-54 Skymaster Flew Directly into a Storm

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    A plane crashes into the ocean during a bad storm, killing all six on board. It's tragic, but it makes sense, seeing as they were facing inclement weather, right? But the strange thing about the crash of the C-54 Skymaster is why it was heading into the storm in the first place. If it stayed on its originally intended course, there wouldn’t have been a storm to strike them down. The pilot was experienced and the navigator was a class II; they were both qualified and knew how to avoid storms. They just... didn't. 

    On July 3, 1947, Major Ralph Ward and five other crew members left Bermuda and went off course almost immediately. They were far south of their scheduled course and then suddenly made a course change north and then southwest, flying straight for the eye of the storm. Two very faint SOS calls came into the ground operator. They were very low and garbled, and then there was nothing but silence. Debris was found about 209 miles northeast of Florida and reflected sudden destruction, common in severe storms, but how this huge blunder was made in the first place remains a topic for debate, especially among people who believe in extraterrestrials.

  • An Airborne Transport DC-3 Was 20 Minutes from Landing When It Ceased Radio Contact

    On December 28, 1948, an Airborne Transport DC-3 took off from Puerto Rico for Miami, FL, Captain Robert Linquist sent a radio transmission reporting the plane's position and an ETA of 4:05 a.m. The next report was sent at 4:13 a.m., saying the DC-3 was 50 miles south of Florida with only 20 minutes left before landing.

    That was the last transmission, and the DC-3 never showed up. Three crew members and 28 passengers simply vanished 20 minutes before landing.

  • Flight 441 Was Carrying US Naval Officers and Their Families When It Vanished

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    In 1954, a US Military carrier aircraft full of Naval officers and their families disappeared. The officers were being transferred from Maryland to Lajes, a military base in the Azores. A total of 42 passengers simply vanished within the region of the Bermuda Triangle. No distress calls were made, no bodies or debris were ever found. The pilot was more than capable, as was the plane - until it reached the Bermuda Triangle.

    There wasn't a concrete cause that could be determined, the board of investigation simply stated, "The possibility of structural failure during transit of frontal weather cannot be discounted in this accident, but the possibility appears remote." What happened to Flight 441 remains one of the biggest mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.

  • The SS El Faro Was Found Intact, Sitting Upright on the Ocean Floor

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    The Bermuda Triangle claimed another victim on October 1, 2015. The container ship SS El Faro left Jacksonville, FL, for Puerto Rico with 33 people on board on September 30, 2015. The captain charted a course leading them a safe distance away from a tropical storm. The next day, October 1, 2015, that tropical storm had turned into a category 3 hurricane and it was circling the ship with winds of 90 mph.

    Hurricane Joaquin bombarded the vessel with waves of up to 40 feet before looping around and going back the way it came. After weeks of search, the SS El Faro was found in one piece, sitting upright 15,000 feet below the ocean's surface.