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The Bermuda Triangle has claimed at least 1,000 lives as planes and ships are swallowed in the strange part of the Atlantic – but a scientist now believes he has solved the mystery.
The 434,000 mile stretch of sea from Florida to Puerto Rico has been the subject of countless myths and legends.
Conspiracy theorists have linked disappearances in the region to aliens, black holes and even sea monsters.
Sailors and pilots have often been left fearful to venture into the ill-fated stretch of sea in the North Atlantic.
But now one scientist reckons he has solved the mystery – and it is a lot simpler than you might think.
The Bermuda Triangle is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world as vessels steam through to reach the US and the Caribbean.
USS Cyclops – a World War 1 fuel tanker – disappeared along with 309 souls back in 1918 while sailing from Barbados.
Then two of its sister ships vanished on the same route from the Bermuda Triangle in 1941.
Years later, Flight 19 – a squadron of five torpedo bombers – disappeared on a routine training mission after taking off from a base in Florida in 1945.
Then that night a rescue plane also vanished with all 13 men aboard.
No bodies or wreckage have ever been found.
The disappearance of flight MH370 remains unexplained – what could have caused an entire plane to disappear?
Despite the spooky stories, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki believes there is an easy explanation for the vanishings.
He dismissed theories of space phenomena, time travel and aliens.
Dr Kruszelnicki claims most of the incidents are just down to “human error”.
“According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis,” Dr Kruszelnicki said.
“It is close to the equator, near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic.”
He said Flight 19’s disappearence can be explained by blaming the squadron commander Lieutenant Charles Taylor flying with a “hangover”.
Earlier this year, a plane went missing after flying from the Bahamas in the Bermuda Triangle – taking all four passengers with it.