I was twenty-three-years old when it happened, the mind-boggling event that changed my life. I’d been flying airplanes with my dad since I was a young teenager and I got my pilot’s license when I was eighteen. Five years later, I was at the controls flying with my dad and his business partner as we departed from Andros Island in the Bahamas. That’s when I encountered something strange and frightening, something that literally swallowed our new Bonanza A36 and spit us out a hundred miles from where we’d just been flying.
That was December 4, 1970, and I’d encountered what later became known as the Bermuda Triangle mystery. For months, I puzzled over this seemingly unbelievable sequence of events. I put my story to memory, precisely as I remembered it, and documented the details.
I didn't speak to anyone about it for just over a year because I felt like it was impossible to be able to explain exactly what happened. Then I heard there was a mysterious area offshore of Miami where planes and boats have been disappearing and I realized what I had flown through must have been the cause of their disappearance. I told everyone I met about it. But at first it was as if they didn't hear me, except for my dad and our business partner. They always backed up my research.
I was like the tree in the forest that falls and no one hears its thunderous crash. So did it make a sound? Likewise, if teleportation or time travel or a combination of the two never happened to anyone else, did this event really occur as I remembered it? What I was saying didn’t make sense. It couldn’t possibly be true. But I knew what I experienced, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
After a couple of years, everything changed as I began hearing about the lore of the Bermuda Triangle, the now legendary zone of mystery outlined by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Over the centuries, thousands of vessels large and small, as well as aircrafts, have vanished in the great expanse. Researchers gathered stories and statistics and soon articles and books were published. I discovered that I wasn’t alone, that others had encountered this mysterious phenomenon. Their compasses had started spinning, their electronic equipment shut down, and some had leaped through space and time.
Is the Bermuda Triangle a dangerous place? On an average day, hundreds of people fly over it and cruise through it on ships. They don’t crash, sink, or disappear. Yet, sometimes it happens, and you never know when the compasses will suddenly start spinning wildly and a fog will surround your craft, a fog that you can’t escape. There is no reason for the Bermuda Triangle effect. It could happen any time, to anyone.
I recognize that many skeptics and debunkers view the Bermuda Triangle as a non-mystery. They attribute all the missing airplanes and ships to mechanical failures, human error or bad weather. They reject anything that exceeds known physical laws. Certainly, in some cases they are correct.
However, to dismiss all that has occurred as a non-mystery shows a lack of willingness to look closely at cases such as mine. As William James once said: “If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn't seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.”
It only takes one white crow to prove that all crows are not black. As I’ve often said, if any of those researchers had been flying with me on that day in December 1970, they would have a considerably different view on the matter.
Skeptics also point out that similar disappearances involving planes and ships have taken place outside the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle. In this case, I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, the Bermuda Triangle story is like the final twist in a good mystery in which the vanquished antagonist surprisingly reappears elsewhere, setting up a sequel.
That’s exactly the case. Rather than turning into a non-mystery, the phenomenon extends well beyond its triangular boundaries. I’ve received dozens of stories from people who have encountered what I call ‘electronic fog,’ and some of the people have experienced time warps and teleportation. Some of the events occurred in the legendary waters off the east coast of Florida, but others happened elsewhere, including the Pacific Ocean, Lake Michigan, and on land. In essence, there is no actual Bermuda Triangle, but places throughout the world where warps in the space-time continuum appear on occasion, sometimes with baffling consequences. From my years of research, I’m convinced these mysterious events that seem outside the realm of possibility could happen virtually anywhere. That includes the Indian Ocean where Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared.
In Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, I’ll take you first-hand, step-by-step through my experience. You’ll read what I saw, what I felt, and how I reacted. I’ll also tell the stories of other pilots and boat captains, as well as the tales of people who have encountered the fog while walking at night on a golf course or driving their cars in remote areas. I’ll include stories from famed pilot Charles Lindbergh and aeronautical author Martin Caidin, and even Christopher Columbus.
I’ll take you to meet physics professor David Pares, a former army meteorologist, who believes my experience holds an important key to creating a warp drive that can take us to the stars. Amazingly, Pares is building such a ship in his garage!
In my case, I was stunned by the behavior of an enormous cloud that seemed to be chasing me, that seemed to be sentient, conscious, by the fog that surrounded the plane mile after mile, by the malfunctioning of all my electronic equipment, including two compasses. When the radio started working again, the Miami tower informed us that the weather between Bimini and Miami was clear and there was no plane on the radar. What? How could that be?
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Rob MacGregor has published 20 novels and 24 nonfiction books, and coauthored The Fog with Bruce Gernon. An author of seven Indiana Jones novels, he has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for mystery writing for his novel Prophecy Rock. He and his wife, Trish, reside in Wellington, Florida.