The archipelago off the coast of Venezuela, where fashion designer Vittorio Missoni’s plane disappeared mid-air, has a growing reputation for mysterious vanishings.
The as-yet-unexplained disappearance last Friday of the plane carrying six passengers and crew, including Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, has prompted some to blame the “Los Roques curse”.
The label has been attached to a series of mysterious plane crashes and “vanishings” over the past decade or so between the Caribbean archipelago of Los Roques and the Venezuelan capital Caracas, 140km to the south. Inevitably, comparisons have been made with the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the area between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico that has long had a reputation for unexplained disappearances of ships and planes.
To date, no wreckage of Missoni’s plane has been located since it took off from Los Roques for Caracas. A hotel owner on the islands said he last saw the plane – a twin-engine BN-2 Islander built in 1968 – entering a bank of clouds. Meanwhile, the Missoni family said it was not ruling out the possibility that the plane had been hijacked by local drug smugglers.
Since the mid 90′s, they cited “at least 15 reported incidents in which small aircraft have either crashed, disappeared or declared emergencies while travelling through the area”. That’s not a lot. In fact, it could very well be what is expected over any air traffic area.
There is no phenomena here just as there is NO phenomena for the Bermuda Triangle. No methane hydrate explosions, no time warps, no rogue waves, no aliens, no nonsense. Accidents happen.
The Bermuda Triangle nonsense was manufactured by Vincent Gaddis in 1964 and popularized by a terrible book by Charles Berlitz, hyped by paranormal TV shows and magazines and has since become part of popular lore without a basis in reality.
Nice going Guardian for propagating another empty myth, as if we don’t have enough real things to worry about, we have to make up new “curses”.