Expedition Unknown exclusive: Retracing Flight 19 long lost in the Bermuda Triangle

Josh Gates
Josh Gates retraces the Flight 19 path that ended up lost at sea in the Bermuda Triangle. Pic credit: Discovery

On tonight’s can’t-miss Expedition Unknown on Discovery, Josh Gates follows the path of missing Flight 19, lost at sea in the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

Last week we dived with Gates in the gorgeous waters of the Triangle as he and fellow researchers came across the sunken remains of a sunken ship.

Gates continues his reporting on the area’s unexplained histories that involve ships, pleasure crafts, and airplanes disappearing without a trace.

Following the fated path of Flight 19

“What the hell happened to these guys, Andy,” asks Josh to his pilot, who retraces the flight pattern that Flight 19 took over the Bermuda Triangle.

In the clip, we see Josh in the cockpit. He traces Flight 19, which was 15 miles off course. We learn that Flight 19 missed its second turn — the one that could have brought it home.

And Gates notes that, as the hours passed and the Sun began to set, it made their situation worse as a winter storm also blew in, diminishing visibility.

And as their fuel ran low, the pilots became increasingly desperate to figure out their position. Gates surmised that they were “frantically arguing” which direction to turn.

When the pilots realized they had to ditch, his pilot Andy says:  “When a pilot says we may have to ditch any minute, that means it is imminent — that means now.”

Gates shares that no one knows exactly where their last radio calls originated. And as it happened, Flight 19 would never be heard from nor seen again.

In the clip, Gates offers up an explanation and says: “Ultimately there’s no question that these guys became disoriented. I think the Bermuda Triangle believers would say you can’t have two compasses fail like this. Something about this doesn’t make sense. How could five planes with experienced pilots just vanish like this?”

In the conclusion of his epic investigation, Josh Gates uses cutting-edge technology to investigate the Triangle’s most infamous shipwreck and lost flights.

What is the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?

Unexplained circumstances and unlikely naval and airplane accidents are recorded in the triangle-shaped area from Miami to Puerto Rico to Bermuda that has perplexed people over time.

They include one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented in the air zone, their planes never found.

This area is approximately 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. Even explorer Christopher Columbus reportedly journaled strange goings-on in the area.

Gates references the March 1918 event of the USS Cyclops, a 542-foot-long Navy cargo ship with over 300 men vanishing.

Exclusive preview of Expedition Unknown:

Will he find answers to just how the Triangle works, or will it forever remain a mystery?

Using maps and animation, Gates retraces the fated Flight 19 that disappeared without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle:

Expedition Unknown air Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

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Mark Phillips
Mark Phillips
3 years ago

When looking for flight 19 they started by attempting to find the Mariner flying boat first hoping it would lead them to the wreckage of flight 19. They found some wreckage however I am not convinced that it was a Mariner. The wreckage actually looked more like a PBY Catalina. Mariners had 4 bladed props and Catalinas used 3 bladed propellers. Both had the Pratt and Whitney but the Mariner is seen in historical photos with a 4 bladed prop.

Ralph E Waugh
Ralph E Waugh
3 years ago

I watched this show last night and wondered. Could electrical charges in the air create problems with the compasses? Figuring that air movements in the area could create the Bahamas frequent pop up storms, and at the same time, generate electrical charges. I found no info towards this thinking, but online articles I found mentioned how electrical wires could affect compasses. I feel sure the airplane designers took this wire possibility in account.

Tina Brookes
Tina Brookes
3 years ago

The Martin Mariner 59225 that was actually lost looking for flight 19 was an early 3 blade model.

Greg Valent
Greg Valent
3 years ago

The second half of the episode where they found the engine and propeller was pre-empted, at least here in Chicago. Did they ever get an ID on it. Thank you,