British South American Airways
Planes Found, Bermuda Lost
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
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.
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.
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
However, Approach Control reported that this was not the case. The
Bermuda radio operator tried at 04:05 to contact Star Tiger, again
success, and after trying again at 04:40 he declared a state of
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. "
of the Past
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!