Thousands of people disappear every year in the US state of Alaska, reminiscent of the stories of the Bermuda Triangle, where planes and ships disappear without a trace.
According to The Atlantic magazine, 3,000 people disappear every year in Alaska. Most disappear into the wilderness of the so-called “Alaska Triangle”.
The Alaska Triangle has been compared to the famous Bermuda Triangle. It is estimated that, in the last 100 years, the mysterious region has caused the destruction of 75 airplanes and sunk hundreds of boats and ships – causing more than a thousand deaths.
Easy to get lost
Alaska has almost 640 kilometers of mountain range, 12 thousand rivers and more than three million lakes, so its geography is imposing enough for someone to get lost in the middle of nowhere.
Since 1988, there have been more than 16,000 disappearances in the area forming the mysterious triangle, between the regions of Utkiagaviq (also known as Barrow), Anchorage, and Juneau, the capital of Alaska.
The 1972 incident
In 1972, the mysterious Alaska Triangle area aroused the world’s curiosity after the disappearance of a Cessna plane carrying American politicians in the city of Anchorage. Among the victims were Thomas Hale Boggs, leader of the United States House of Representatives, and Nick Begich, a congressman from Alaska.
The United States government carried out a 39-day operation in search of the politicians, using 40 military planes and 50 civilian planes. However, they never found any debris or corpses.
Alaska continued accumulating thousands of cases of unsolved disappearances. The Atlantic magazine describes the stories of two young men who mysteriously disappeared.
The first is Rick Hills, who disappeared in February 2004, aged 35, when he was going to get a check in Anchorage. The other case is that of Richard Bennet, 39, who disappeared near the same city in 2005.
Ice and snow can erase the last vestiges of a person, as there are constant landslides, broken glaciers, overflowing rivers and dangerous slopes. All these events make it possible for any explorer to fall and disappear very easily.
On the other hand, there is no explanation for the disappearance of aircraft. According to the Curiosity magazine, among them are a military aircraft with 44 passengers in 1950 and the twin-engine Cessna 340 with five passengers in 1990. On average, five planes continue to disappear in the region each year.
As in any good mystery story, there are also many legends in Alaska about anthropomorphic animals that chase travelers. These animals, as the natives tell, tear humans apart.
Some people refer to the myth about the so-called Kushtaka, the Bigfoot of Alaska, which, legend has it, wanders through the cold mountains with the intention of taking travelers to finish them off or turn them into another Kushtaka.
Over the years, several theories have been put forward to explain the mystery. A theory created in 2016 by a group of meteorologists argues that the cause of the disappearances is the presence of “hexagonal clouds” that can cause very strong winds or “air bombs” capable of destroying or sinking ships and airplanes.
In the past, the mystery has been attributed to bubbles of methane gas from the ocean floor, magnetic fields, giant waves, giant squids or more metaphysical explanations, such as alternative dimensions, parallel universes or abductions by extraterrestrials.
There is also a theory that holds that glaciers are deceptive and appear solid, when in reality, they have deep cracks where any plane or human being can disappear.
In this way, concludes Sputnik News, the great secret of the Alaska Triangle may be that everything is buried in nature.