Bermuda Triangle researchers made an important discovery when a probe found the wreck of an 80-year-old ship and 35 sunken planes.
The Bermuda Triangle is a region off the east coast of the United States that is said to be behind the disappearance of dozens of planes and ships. Although the mysterious region covers an area of between 500,000 and 1,500,000 square miles, it does not appear on official maps. It is generally said that its borders extend from Florida to the Greater Antilles to Bermuda. Over the past 200 years, about 50 ships and 20 aircraft have disappeared in the Triangle, with many of the accidents unexplained by the physical sciences.
One of the most famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, Flight 19, is the US Navy’s story mission, which helped seal its fearsome reputation.
A squadron of five aircraft and their 14-man crew disappeared over the Triangle shortly after the end of World War II and were never seen again.
Last year, a new team of investigators came together to try to solve the Flight 19 case, which remains one of the triangle’s most enigmatic mysteries.
The team’s efforts are heralded for a new season of the documentary series History’s Greatest Mysteries.
Produced by Hollywood actor and director Laurence Fishburne, the program is hosted by History Channel US.
The show meets Senior Researcher Rob Kraft, who is leading the mission aboard the high-tech research vessel RV Petrel.
The documentary explains how the Kraft team on board the Petrel has a history of making major discoveries in the deep sea.
And in 2018, he and his colleagues discovered the wreckage of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.
The ship sank in 1942 during World War II, along with its 35 aircraft, about 500 miles off the east coast of Australia.
A total of 216 men of the ship’s 3,000 crew lost their lives when the ship went down after a torpedo attack by the Japanese.
And Lexington’s astonishing discovery has now proven influential in the search for the missing Flight 19.
The researchers found that the sunken Lexington F4F Wildcat was preserved in a primitive state on the ocean floor.
This is due to the reduced erosion that occurs in deep sea environments due to lack of oxygen. The documentary meets Petrel’s chief technician, Paul Mayer, who explains the process.
He said preserving the wreckage would help experts get an idea of what Flight 19 might look like if it were found. This is a “3D model of the F4F. It’s in about 10,000 feet of water, so the paint is still in very good shape.”
“History’s Greatest Mysteries” are available on the US History Channel.