Is there anything more Naturally Creepy than a Disappearance that can't be explained,
at least according to the Best and Most Recent Evidence?
World History is full of Famous and Not-so Famous Individuals who have seemed to Disappear Without a Trace.
Such Incidents Have Occurred in every corner of the Globe, and Cultures from Ancient to Modern Contribute Their own unique Stories to the Legend of "THOSE LOST WITHOUT A TRACE."
HOWEVER, it is not just Single Individual Vanishings that cause the Most Debate and Controversy. Sometimes it is;
SHIPS- MARY CELESTE. (Passengers and Crew).
EXPLORERS- HENRY HUDSON.
AIRCRAFT AND AVIATORS- AMELIA EARHART.
SETTLERS AND COLONISTS- THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE. ( SEE ABOVE PICTURE.)
FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS FIGURES- JUDGE CRATER.
...and Many More.
This Sub- Category of THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD will look at some of the Most Famous and Puzzling Stories and Legends that have Baffled Investigators, and look for Possible Answers that may have been overlooked.
For Certain Reasons I will avoid Discussing Disappearances that;
- Are Associated with the Bermuda Triangle. Those Stories will be
Analyzed under the Heading that I have already created for this page.
- Deal with Certain CRIMINAL ACTS, where the Probing into such
Events will serve no useful purpose.
- Are Basically, THROUGH SLANDEROUS OR LIBELOUS TESTIMONY,
JUST TOOLS TO HARM INNOCENT PEOPLE.
These Stories and Legends will also include Incidents that are, almost certainly, Pure Fiction. Yet, the Telling and Re- Telling of such Tales over the Years, has caused them to take on a Life of Their Own. Sometimes the Existence of such Events is so Ingrained into the Fabric of Society, that the Truth has been lost through the Mists of Time.
LOOK FOR THE FIRST INSTALLMENT.
It seems that this Type of Mindset will often Deliberately Ignore More Rational and likely Scenarios, to Promote Explanations that are, At Best, A Wild Stretch of the Imagination. This is sometimes a Desperate Attempt to explain Disappearances, that Quite Simply Don't leave enough Evidence to Supply a Definite Explanation.
To Illustrate what I mean, consider the Fate of the Aircraft Nicknamed:
THE STAR DUST was the Nickname of a BRITISH SOUTH AMERICAN AIRWAYS AIRCRAFT that Crashed into a Mountain in the ANDES on August, 2, 1947.
However, at the TIME OF THE CRASH, This was not Known. THE PLANE- AN AVRO-LANCASTRIAN, REGISTRATION # G- AGWH, Had Radioed into SANTIAGO, CHILE, (ITS FINAL DESTINATION, IT TOOK OFF FROM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.), that it would be landing within minutes. Nothing Further was heard from the FLIGHT CREW, and it was Presumed Lost and Missing.
An Extensive Search was conducted by OTHER BSAA AIRCRAFT, AS WELL AS THE CHILEAN AND ARGENTINE GOVERNMENTS. Nothing was found at the Time in Terms of Wreckage, or a possible Crash Site. This is where the Case stood for about Fifty Years.
Through the Years a number of Explanations were Put Forth, Contributing Various Scenarios about the Final Fate of the STAR DUST. They Included the Possibility of SABOTAGE, OR AN ENCOUNTER WITH A UFO. Unfortunately, All Speculations led to nothing.
However, in 1998 Physical Evidence came to light from an Unrelated Activity, and just plain luck.
(THIS IS THE FLIGHT THAT PRODUCED THE "STENDEC" LEGEND. I am not going to Address this Story, because I Feel it is a NON- ISSUE IN EXPLAINING THE ACCIDENT, BOTH THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE CAUSE.)
See Part 2.
So what happened to the STARDUST? Sorry, but it wasn't a PARANORMAL EXPLANATION many were hoping for.
In 1998 Two Mountaineers were climbing MT. TUPUNGATO, which is located about 50 Miles East of Santiago. At an Elevation of Approximately 15,000 Feet They found Wreckage located on the Tupungato Glacier.
The Debris included the Remnants of an Aircraft Engine, along with Pieces of Metal and Clothing.
The Argentine Amy sent an Expedition to the Site in 2000, to Further Investigate the Origin of the Wreckage Already Found, and see if there was anymore present at the location.
The Results of the 2000 Expedition included Finding; Human Remains , A Damaged Propeller, and Tires that were still Inflated. This Information was not mentioned by the Mountaineers in relating Their 1998 Discovery of the Site.
Further Analysis of This, and Other Evidence from the Crash Site, proved that it was the Remains of the STARDUST, and its Passengers and Crew. However, it also provided Tangible Physical Evidence about the Final Moments of its ill-fated Flight.
- The Aircraft Wreckage was Localized to a specific area, ruling out a Mid-Air Explosion or Collision.
- The STARDUST Hit the Glacier Head- On, Effectively Burying it in Tons of Ice and Snow. It Wasn't until Movement by the Glacier, and the Melting that Occurred at Lower Altitudes, that the Remnants of the Crash became Visible, and Recoverable. Given the Slow Process of These Natural Events, it took Decades for this to happen.
- The Condition of One of the Recovered Propellers, and Evidence that the Wheels were still not down in preparation for a Landing, Lent Credibility for the Initial Judgment about the Cause of the Crash, which would explain the Lack of an Emergency Call from the Flight Crew Indicating Imminent Disaster:
CONTROLLED FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN.
See Part 3.