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1948
Disappearance of the Star Tiger


British South American Airways
British South American Airways
British South American Airways
Planes Found, Bermuda Lost

January 30. On the day that airplane inventor Orville Wright passed away and Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, "one of the greatest peacetime air-sea searches ever conducted was being carried out in the Atlantic northeast of Bermuda," reports John Wallance Spencer in  Limbo of the Lost: Actual Stories of Sea Mysteries.

"A desperate attempt was underway to find 25 passengers and 6 crewmen reported missing along with their British South American Airways, 4-engine, Avro, Tudor IV, luxury airliner, Star Tiger.


"The 32-passenger plane, on a flight from London to Havana, was on its third stage from Santa Maria in the Azores to Hamilton, Bermuda, a distance of 1,960 miles."

At 03:04 Radio Officer Robert Tuck aboard the Star Tiger requested a radio bearing from the Bermuda airport, but the signal was not strong enough to obtain an accurate reading. Tuck  repeated the request eleven minutes later, and this time the Bermuda radio operator was able to obtain a bearing of 72 degrees, accurate to within 2 degrees. The Bermuda  operator transmitted this information, and Tuck acknowledged receipt at 03:17.

That was the last communication with the aircraft. The Bermuda operator tried to contact Star Tiger at 03:50 and receiving no reply, thought that it had gone over to direct radio contact with Bermuda Approach Control.
However, Approach Control reported that this was not the case. The Bermuda radio operator tried at 04:05 to contact Star Tiger, again without
success, and after trying again at 04:40 he declared a state of emergency.


Bermuda's radio operator heard no distress message, and neither had anyone else, even though there were many receiving stations listening on Star Tiger's frequency.

USAF personnel operating the airfield immediately organized a rescue
effort that lasted for five days of increasingly rough weather. Twenty-six aircraft flew 882 hours combined and surface craft also conducted a search, but no signs of Star Tiger or her passengers and crew were ever found.

"The fate of the Star Tiger, the British South American Airways liner,
must remain an unsolved mystery," Spencer concludes. "




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Limbo od the Lost
Limbo of the Lost

Actual Stories of Sea Mysteries
by John Wallace Spencer

The tragedies described in this book took place in or near the infamous "Bermuda Triangle," where more than a thousand people, over a hundred ships and planes, have been swallowed up into the sea without a trace!






 
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