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  • Think about the last time you were on an airplane.

  • There was probably some turbulence, this always seems to happen just as the flight attendants

  • start to distribute drinks.

  • Turbulence is not uncommon during flights, what is uncommon is when planes mysteriously

  • vanish.

  • We are going to look at some of the most mysterious aircraft disappearances that have ever happened.

  • Each mystery will be more puzzling than the last, and after this video you'll have to

  • remind yourself that flying is still one of the safest ways to travel.

  • We are going to follow these mysterious aircraft disappearances chronologically.

  • As we proceed through history you might find that there are connections between seemingly

  • unrelated disappearances.

  • Also, as we work forward in time technology and communications equipment got better and

  • better, which logically should have made aircraft disappearances less likely.

  • Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case, you may be surprised what mysteries

  • still lurk out there in the skies.

  • In 1944 the famous big band leader Glenn Miller set out from London to Paris to bring music

  • and entertainment to the Allied Troops fighting agasint Nazi Germany.

  • His new swing genre provided an escape from the horrors of the war.

  • It was a cold December day and fog covered the tarmac.

  • The takeoff from London went routinely and without a hitch.

  • The aircraft rose to cruising altitude.

  • The flight over the English Channel should have been a relatively short one.

  • But after hours of waiting for Glenn Miller's flight to land, the airfield in Paris became

  • more and more worried.

  • The weather was not ideal, but it was no worse than most days flying over the English Channel.

  • There was only one thing the airbase in France could do; they declared the flight missing,

  • and immediately sent out a rescue mission to search for the remains of the plane or

  • any survivors.

  • However, no trace of Miller or the Noorduyn UC-64A aircraft he was on was found.

  • This led to speculation among the general public.

  • Tensions during the war were incredibly high and mistakes were made.

  • Many people at the time believed that Glenn Miller's plane had been accidentally bombed

  • by an allied aircraft that was dropping its payload from an aborted mission, sending the

  • music celebrity crashing into the English Channel.

  • No trace of the plane or Glenn Miller was ever found.

  • The year following the tragedy of Glenn Miller's disappearance one of the most infamous flight

  • mysteries occurred.

  • This was an event that inspired legends, conspiracy theories, and avoidance of a certain part

  • of the Atlantic Ocean even to this day.

  • Flight 19 took off from Ft.

  • Lauderdale, Florida to run a routine bombing practice mission off the coast in the Atlantic.

  • Unfortunately for these aircraft, they were flying directly into the Bermuda Triangle.

  • The day was December 5th, the weather conditions were recorded as beingaverage.”

  • The first group of five General Motors Eastern Aircraft Division TBM Avenger torpedo bombers

  • took off and headed for their practice destination.

  • As they flew deeper into the Bermuda Triangle, the compasses onboard their aircrafts began

  • to malfunction.

  • The needles spun uncontrollably in circles as they flew.

  • This was not the first time pilots had encountered this phenomenon in the area.

  • There were also parts of the China Sea where flight compasesses acted in this peculiar

  • way.

  • But what happened next shocked people around the world.

  • Suddenly all five of the planes lost communication with the airbase.

  • The men at the ground station could still pick up communications between the pilots,

  • but they were not able to send communications from the airfield to the planes.

  • The pilots began to panic.

  • Over the comms it became clear that they were disoriented and didn't know which way to

  • proceed.

  • The bombers were quickly running out of fuel and when they dropped below 10 gallons in

  • their reserves, the pilots decided to make an emergency landing in the sea.

  • A rescue mission was immediately launched by the Coast Guard and Navy.

  • It covered over 700,000 square kilometers and lasted five days.

  • During this rescue mission a sixth plane mysteriously vanished.

  • The aircraft was a Martin PBM Mariner with a crew of 13.

  • It took off from a Naval Air Station at Banana River to search for Flight 19, but never returned

  • from its mission.

  • The only clue as to what happened to the Mariner and its crew was from an ocean liner that

  • reported seeing a fireball in the sky around the same time that the Martin PBM Mariner

  • was searching for the lost planes in the Bermuda Triangle.

  • The ocean liner crew reported watching the fireball fall from the sky and being extinguished

  • as it entered the ocean.

  • All six planes and every crew member was lost to the Bermuda Triangle.

  • No wreckage or evidence was ever recovered from Flight 19.

  • To this day the Bermuda Triangle still holds mysteries that have yet to be explained.

  • Although there are no shortage of Bermuda Triangle enigmas, something even stranger

  • occurred above the Andes mountains in 1947.

  • The only clue to what really happened was a coded message that was sent from the aircraft

  • that disappeared.

  • All the message said was: STENDEC.

  • On August 2, 1947 a British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner called the

  • Star Dust left Buenos Aires, Argentina headed for Santiago, Chile.

  • The flight seemed to be going according to plan, until a Chilean Air Force operator received

  • a message from the Star Dust.

  • All the message said was STENDEC.

  • Confused, the operator reported it to his superior.

  • The military thought nothing of it until it was discovered that the Star Dust had never

  • reached its destination.

  • It had vanished without a trace.

  • When news of the missing airliner reached the public, they tried to make sense of the

  • strange message.

  • Some thought it was a code that indicated the airplane was being abducted by aliens.

  • Others put forth the theory that it was a warning that Nazi spies were onboard and trying

  • to commondeer the plane.

  • After an investigation it was discovered that inclimate weather in the region most likely

  • played a role in the disappearance of the Star Dust.

  • Investigators made sense of the STENDEC message by referring to a World War II code, meaning:

  • Severe Turbulence Encountered, Now Descending, Emergency Crash-landing.”

  • Instead of sending all of the words via morse code, the abbreviation would have been sent

  • because it was much faster.

  • Another meaning of the mysterious code may have been the word DESCENT mistyped due to

  • the pilots running out of time before the plane crashed, or from the confusion caused

  • by hypoxia due to lack of oxygen.

  • The true meaning of the coded message may never be uncovered, but something else was.

  • Fifty years after the mysterious disappearance, the Star Dust emerged from the glacial ice

  • of the Andes mountains.

  • When the plane crashed it instantly caused an avalanche, which buried the aircraft under

  • feet of snow.

  • We now know where the Star Dust ended up, but we may never know what actually caused

  • the plane to crash.

  • Or the true meaning of STENDEC, sent moments before the plane was buried for nearly half

  • a century.

  • The next two aircraft disappearances may have had a devious connection.

  • We will let you be the judge of what really happened to the Star Tiger and the Star Ariel.

  • On January 30, 1948 the British South American Airways Avro Tudor IV plane named Star Tiger

  • left the archipelago islands of the Azores.

  • It was here that the plane was being refueled for its final stretch from London to Bermuda.

  • Before the plane took off the mechanics had been investigating a problem with the heater

  • on the plane.

  • They could not fix the problem, but insisted the plane could still make the journey.

  • The Star Tiger would need to fly at a low altitude to maintain a reasonable temperature

  • in the cabin and cockpit.

  • It was decided that the Star Tiger was to maintain an altitude of 2,000 feet, which

  • left very little room for error if something went wrong.

  • In order to make sure the Star Tiger did not run into any inclement weather while flying

  • at such a low altitude, an Avro Lancastrian flew in front of it to serve as a lookout.

  • The low altitude also caused the Star Tiger to burn fuel at a much quicker rate due to

  • the increased drag while flying so low.

  • The guide plane needed to fly a significant distance ahead to give the Star Tiger enough

  • time to make any adjustments to their course.

  • But when the first plane landed, the Star Tiger was nowhere in sight.

  • After several hours the ground team began to worry.

  • They sent out a rescue mission to search for the Star Tiger, but no trace of the plane

  • or the 25 passengers and 6 crew members it carried was found.

  • The investigators eventually concluded that the low altitude may have caused gusts of

  • wind to force the Star Tiger into the ocean with no hope of recovery.

  • Although, there was a strange occurrence that kept repeating itself during the flight.

  • Every positional report sent by the Star Tiger gave the altitude of the aircraft at 20,000

  • feet, even though they were supposed to stay at 2,000 feet above sea level.

  • This may have just been a mistake, even though it happened multiple times.

  • But if the crew actually believed they were at 20,000 feet, and then went into their final

  • descent, they would have immediately crashed into the ocean.

  • Maybe the crew was fatigued after the long flight, or the instruments were misread and

  • the Star Tiger's disappearance was due to a miscalculation.

  • Now things are going to get a little more strange as we examine the next aircraft disappearance.

  • Almost exactly one year later the British South American Airways Star Ariel aircraft

  • also mysteriously vanished.

  • On January 17, 1949 the Star Ariel had a flight plan from Bermuda to Jamaica.

  • About an hour into the flight, the Star Ariel relayed their location to the ground station

  • as per routine.

  • However, shortly after this event, the Star Ariel disappeared completely.

  • The sudden disappearance of the aircraft was reported, and a rescue party was sent out

  • after the plane never landed in Jamaica.

  • The rescue party found no remains or any indication of what happened to the Star Ariel along its

  • flight path.

  • They were able to rule out improbable scenarios such as the plane running out of fuel, pilot

  • error, or inclement weather.

  • The final report concluded that: “some external cause may have overwhelmed both man and machine.”

  • This caused a myriad of conspiracy theories to spread around the world.

  • But none of these theories were more surprising than the one that came from a former employee

  • of British South American Airways, Don Bennet.

  • He had been fired in 1948 when he objected to a judicial investigation into what had

  • happened to the Star Tiger.

  • When the Star Ariel disappeared Don Bennett claimed that both of the aircrafts had been

  • sabotaged.

  • He even indicated that a knownwar-registered saboteurhad been spotted near the Star

  • Tiger just before it had taken off.

  • Bennett also said that U.K. Prime Minister Clement Attlee ordered that all investigations

  • and inquiries about the mysterious disappearances of the Star Tiger and Star Ariel be ceased

  • before they had concluded.

  • This was seen as a shady move, and may have been because the prime minister was trying

  • to cover something up.

  • Perhaps there was a serial saboteur after British South American Airways, or maybe both

  • of these disappearances had no connection at all, and instead were caused by pilot error

  • or inclement weather.

  • Since neither the wreckage of the Star Tiger or Star Ariel has ever been found, we may

  • never know.

  • What is worse than an aircraft mysteriously disappearing with passengers and crew on it?

  • An aircraft mysteriously disappearing with crew and nuclear ordnance on it.

  • In 1956 a Boeing B-47 Stratojet took off from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

  • It was headed to Morocco and carried two nuclear weapon cores on board.

  • The B-47 was successfully refueled over the Atlantic during flight.

  • The crew and refueling pilots did not make any indication that there was anything wrong.

  • The aircraft continued on towards its destination.

  • As it approached the African coast, the B-47 descended through a thick layer of clouds.

  • It was after this that all contact was lost with the aircraft carrying the two nuclear

  • weapon cores.

  • Unsurprisingly, a frantic search was conducted to locate the remains of the aircraft, crew,

  • or nuclear devices.

  • The United States Military declared the crew dead and the aircraft missing in action after

  • several days of searching.

  • The nuclear weapons were designatedbroken arrows,” as they did not hold any risk of

  • detonating, or creating an all out nuclear war.

  • The United States has lost 11 nukes, but the two lost in the mysterious disappearance of

  • the B-47 Stratojet are by far the most eerie.

  • We do not know if the aircraft altered its course and landed somewhere else with its

  • payload, or if the nuclear devices are resting at the bottom of the Atlantic at this very

  • moment.

  • Either way, it was one of the most mysterious aircraft disappearances in history.

  • In each of the aircraft mysteries from this video investigators were left with more questions

  • than answers.

  • It would seem that the oceans of this planet may hold more secrets than previously thought.

  • Out of all of the mysterious aircraft disappearances discussed, only one of the planes has been

  • found, and that was the only one that occurred over land.

  • Who knows what answers the depths of the oceans may hold about the missing aircrafts and their

  • passengers.

  • Now check outMalaysian Air Mystery, What We Now Know About Missing Flight MH370.”

  • Or watchDid Pan Am Flight 914 Really Land 37 Years Later.”

Think about the last time you were on an airplane.

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