Strange Alaska

Strange Alaska

The mysterious Alaskan Triangle.

Most people are familiar with the Bermuda triangle in the Atlantic, that strange place where planes and boats seem to vanish into thin air. Yet few know of the Alaskan triangle, a place of similar mystery and disappearances that has claimed nearly 3,000 people. That's 4 people in every 1,000 in this sparsely populated state, the largest missing person count per capita for all the US states.

Like the Bermuda triangle, the Alaskan version also forms a rough triangular shape. It stretches from Anchorage in the south to Barrow in the north, then back down to Juneau. This covers the majority of the interior wilderness area. With this area being thick wilderness, there would naturally be some who wander of never to be seen again. Due to the rugged terrain, weather and sheer size of the region, rescue operations are difficult at best.

 

Yet, even the native Tlingit people have stories of this mystery region woven into their history. They believe they Alaskan triangle is home to the evil spirit Kushtaka, a strange man-otter creature that steals away people once he lures them into the triangle region.

 

It's easy to write off the missing, since rescue operations can only penetrate so far into the Alaskan bush. But in 1972 a plane disappeared carrying two congressmen – Hale Boggs (Louisiana) and Nick Begich (Alaska). More than 40 military aircraft and 20 civilian planes were sent out in search of the plane or wreckage, which lasted for more than 39 days. Contact was lost with the plane as it neared the Chugach mountain range, which helped provide limitations to the search area. No trace of the plane was ever found.