How six planes disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle

On December 5, 1945, at 2:10 pm, 5 torpedo bombers took off from the US Navy airbase in Fort Lauderdale. The Avenger-class aircraft were supposed to make the usual two-hour training flight and return back to base. Nothing foreshadowed tragedy.

Suddenly, at 15 hours 45 minutes, a strange message arrived at the control tower. According to the pilots, they could not determine their whereabouts. The dispatcher ordered to head west, which was followed by an even stranger response: "We do not know where the west is." At the same time, the aircraft link kept together, but none of the five crews could find a landmark.

At 4:25 pm, a new signal came in: "Perhaps we are 220 miles northeast of the base." But the connection was suddenly cut off. Fourteen people disappeared without a trace. The Avenger's crew consisted of three people, but one of the navigators suddenly fell ill, so there were only two pilots on one of the planes.

The rescue aircraft Martin Mariner took off in search of the missing link, with 13 people on board. The dispatchers tried to establish communication and inform the crews of the bombers that help was sent to them, but there was no response. The crew of the Martin Mariner reported that they were approaching the supposed place of the flight's disappearance, after which they did not get in touch anymore. Incredibly, in a few hours, six aircraft, equipped with all rescue equipment, disappeared at once.

At 19 hours 04 minutes a weak signal was heard on the air: "FT ... FT ...". These were the callsigns of a suddenly disappeared flight, but by that time the planes should have run out of fuel.

The US Navy has announced a general alert. The rescue operation involved about 300 aircraft and 21 ships. For several weeks, rescuers carefully surveyed the vast territory of the Atlantic Ocean, but to no avail. The crew of the steamship "Gaines Mills", which was not far from the alleged crash site, reported that at 19 hours 50 minutes saw an explosion on the horizon and the wreckage of an aircraft falling into the sea. Perhaps it was Martin Mariner. The ship headed for the crash site, where a huge oil slick was found on the surface of the water. But a strong storm did not allow a thorough survey of the area.

The Commission of Inquiry has drawn up a 400-page report on the disappearance of six aircraft. But the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has never been solved. As one of the members of the commission said: "They disappeared so mysteriously, as if they flew to Mars."