A mystery 76 years in the making, the Bermuda Triangle comprises an area in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where aircraft, ships, and people disappear. The History Channel’s documentary, “History’s Greatest Mysteries,” seeks to discover new information about the region and has unearthed new details about the strange area.
The rumors began on December 5, 1945, when 14 airmen flying five WWII torpedo bombers, called Avengers, were never heard from again. Taking off from Naval Air Station For Lauderdale on a routine training mission over the Bermuda Triangle, they seemingly vanished. The U.S. Navy sent a search plane with 13 crew members to find the missing aircraft and crew, but the search plane disappeared too.
TODAY received a preview of the documentary which airs next week. In the preview, lead underwater explorer Mike Barnette shared some of his findings. One of these findings was significant and discovered in a debris field underwater.
“We see this round piece of wreckage with teeth, like for gears. I’m thinking to myself, this looks like a turret. Emotions are running off the chart. Could this be an Avenger?”
Coincidentally, the wreck was that of an Avenger, leading Mike to wonder if it was one of the original planes to crash in the Bermuda Triangle.
“And that’s a real question,” Barnette told Kerry Sanders on TODAY. “We don’t know yet because a lot of people don’t realize that there are hundreds of aircraft lost off this coast of Florida.”
“This potentially might not be one of the Avengers from Flight 19, but it still has a story to tell, and by knowing what this aircraft is, we know where Flight 19 isn’t.”
Researchers found Navy records suggesting the wreckage may in fact be different. Since 1930, more than 325 planes and 1,200 ships have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle, there’s a good chance it may be a separate incident.
Travis Barker Takes First Plane Ride After Surviving A Near-Fatal Crash 13 Years Ago
“There’s a million things that could happen to me,” he told “Men’s Health” earlier this year. “I could die riding my skateboard. I could get in a car accident. Or I could get shot. Anything could happen. I could have a brain aneurysm and die. So why should I still be afraid of airplanes?”
For reference, Barker reported the pain being so bad he tried to pay his friends $1 million if one of them killed him while he was in the hospital. The staff even took his phone to prevent him from doing it.
“I mean, they had to take my phone out of my room because I was making these phone calls. I would call friends of mine and go, ‘You know, I’ll deposit a million dollars into whoever’s bank account. Like, I’m done.’”
Luckily, no one took him up on his offer and he fully recovered. Good thing too, since Barker signed an exclusive deal with Warner Chappell Music earlier this year.