January 8, 2013 17:49
Archipelago off the coast of Venezuela, where the aircraft designer Vittorio Missoni disappeared into the air, gaining a reputation as a mysterious place of disappearance. It was at least 15 unexplained "disappearances". Photo Chemie Alamy.
Until there is a formal explanation of the missing plane last Friday, which took on board six passengers and crew members, including the Italian fashion magnate Vittorio Missoni, some say that the cause of the accident was the "Curse of Los Roques." This name arose because of a series of mysterious plane crashes and "disappearances" in the last decade or so, between the Caribbean archipelago of Los Roques and the Venezuelan capital Caracas, 140 kilometers to the south, says Guardian.
As a result, there is inevitably compared with the infamous Bermuda Triangle, area between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, which has for a long time reputation for unexplained disappearances of ships and aircraft. To date on the way from Los Roques to Caracas wreckage Missoni found. The owner of the hotel on the island said that the last time he saw the plane — a twin-engine BN-2 Islander was built in 1968 — within the cloud bank. Meanwhile, the family Missoni said that this does not exclude the possibility that the plane was captured by local drug smugglers.
The representative of the Civil Aviation of Venezuela said that the last contact with the aircraft record points to a place 18 km south of Los Roques. Since the mid 90's, there are at least 15 incidents in which small planes crashed, disappeared or were declared emergencies while moving through the region. In 2008, 14 people were killed when the plane was flight is the same as with Missoni, and it crashed into the sea. But the wreckage was found, and only one body was found. There are different explanations for "actions curse" — from pilot error for unknown reasons before the release of methane hydrates from the sea floor. Absence of evidence is only "fuel" for the new speculation.
Other areas that have also become known for unexplained disappearances include: Triangle Formosa, Michigan Triangle, the Sargasso Sea, and the Sea Devil off the coast of Japan. But Nick Wall (Nick Wall), editor of the magazine «Pilot», says the pilots — a pragmatic people, and they are not distracted by talk of the "triangle" and "curse": "Here there is always some sort of explanation of what happened — even if you take many years to solve the mystery and get the answer. Pilots prefer to focus on the things that really help them to survive, such as fuel gauges, weather and engine inspection. They are increasingly aware that there are previously unknown meteorological phenomena such as coastal and high-altitude wind shear waves that can lead to sudden turbulence. But it is still too early to say with precision the causes of this latest incident. "