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About 40 years ago, a passenger plane is said to have vanished as it pulled in for landing at the National Airport (now known as the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport).
Emergency crews were quickly called in, the assumption being that the plane had somehow gone off course and perhaps crashed near the airport. As emergency vehicles gathered on the runway where the plane was last seen, it reappeared overhead.
Ten minutes had passed, and the plane reappeared in the precise location it had vanished. The clocks on the plane, including passengers’ watches, were all 10 minutes behind. To the people on the plane, those 10 minutes had never passed. As they looked out on the runway while the plane made its descent, it seemed to them that a group of emergency vehicles appeared out of thin air.
What strange anomalies of space and time could account for the brief disappearance of an entire commercial airliner?
In the late 1960s, or perhaps the early 1970s, a bizarre situation is said to have occurred involving a (now defunct) National Airlines 727 during its approach to Miami International Airport. According to the tale, all was normal as the plane and its passengers drew closer to MIA – until, without warning, it completely vanished from radar, and all radio communications ceased.
Ground crews understandably went into a panic.
A plane going off radar could mean only one of a handful of things. An electrical problem interfering with communications. Maybe someone flicked a switch by accident. Or, worse yet, the plane could have crashed.
Ground control sent out an emergency, ordering any other pilots in the sky to look for the missing 727, either in flight or smoldering on the ground below. They sent rescue teams to its last-known location, preparing for the grim inevitability.
But none of that happened. A full 10 minutes later, the plane astonishingly reappeared in the exact same location it had been. Nothing had changed, and no one on board – not the passengers, not the flight attendants, not the pilots – noticed anything strange at all.
Not anything, until they landed and discovered that their watches – and every other “time indicator” on board the aircraft – had fallen exactly 10 minutes behind.
Over the years, the story of the Boeing 727 as told has changed somewhat, especially online. For example, variations of this story will have different dates – 1960s, 1970s, 1969, 1971. The location, as well, changes – sometimes it’s Miami, sometimes, as in certain variations I’ve seen, the event occurs over an airport in Washington, D.C.
This is a hallmark of a changing urban legend, something along the lines of what they call Chinese whispers. The story, while interesting, is amorphous and difficult to pin down, and the most concrete information we have seems to be from Caidin’s research. Once a story hits the Internet, it has a tendency to evolve.
But that never means a story is necessarily false. We are in Stranger Dimensions, after all. Could it be that such an event actually did occur, but was swept under the rug, so to speak, only to live on in the form of a mysterious urban legend? Did a plane really vanish over Miami in the late 1960s, only to reappear 10 minutes later? What do you believe?
originally posted by: F2d5thCavv2
a reply to: infolurker
That article is interesting, but it is post-event by 5 years, and written by Charles Berlitz, who had a financial interest in keeping the story known.
What would be the hammer would be to see an article in a Miami (or other) newspaper a day or so after the claimed event.
originally posted by: 19Bones79
a reply to: Brotherman
Guess I'll have to adjust my AIM on the MIA at MIA.
A jump to the right or a step to the left?