Electronic Fog & Malaysian Flight 370

Last week, we wrote about pilot and author Bruce Gernon’s contention that Flight 370 might’ve encountered ‘electronic fog,’ a mysterious phenomenon linked with the Bermuda Triangle. Now Bruce has written an article expanding on his theory and describing what might’ve happened in the cockpit of the Boing 777.

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I call it Electronic Fog.  I have been researching this phenomenon since 1970.  I have communicated with over 100 people that have experienced it.  I have experienced it twice while flying my airplane.  I can relate my research and what I experienced to the disappearance of the Malaysian plane.

 The electronic fog is created in horizontal tunnels that form between thunderstorm cells.  They are usually about two miles high and last for about 5 minutes.  When they collapse they emit a puff of fog that can last for many hours after the storms have dissipated.  The fog can drift all the way down to earth and on rare occasions an updraft can lift the fog to higher altitudes.  If an aircraft flies through the electronic fog it can attach itself to the aircraft, similar to St. Elmo’s fire. 

This may have happened to the Malaysian flight 370, as I will explain.

There have been other famous flights that have had similar experiences.  In 1928 Charles Lindbergh was near Bimini when he encountered the electronic fog.  He did not tell anyone about it for 42 years so it must have had an impact on his mind.  He wrote about it in his last book just before he died because he thought it would be important for the world to know.  His compass was spinning so he wasn’t sure of his heading. 

He flew as high as he could get, trying to get above the fog with no success.  Then he flew just above the ocean trying to get under it with no success.  He flew for two hours before he was able to figure out which way was west by seeing that the right side of the fog was brighter because the sun was rising from the east.  He then turned west and flew for another two hours.  When he reached the coast of Florida the fog finally disappeared.

In 1945 five Navy bombers out of Ft. Lauderdale were flying in formation near Bimini when they encountered the electronic fog.  They radioed Ft. Lauderdale tower at 3:30 PM they were not sure of their position—something was wrong.  They were all unable to determine which way was west to head back to Florida.  They each had a compass and one electronic navigational instrument but apparently none of them were working properly.  They made a series of turns and became totally disoriented.  They kept flying for over six hours and finally ended up hundreds of miles from any land in the Atlantic Ocean where they were finally identified by radar.  A huge search team could not find any remains of them.

Exactly 25 years later, less one day, I was flying near Bimini when the electronic fog attached itself to my aircraft.  I radioed Miami radio at 3:30 PM that I wasn’t sure of my position—something was wrong.  My compass was spinning and my 3 electronic navigational instruments were mal-functioning.  I had entered a horizontal tunnel that was aiming for Miami.  It was 10,000 feet high and about ten miles long and 100 miles east of Miami.  I was in the tunnel for about 20 seconds then the electronic fog attached itself to the airplane when I exited the tunnel.  When I contacted Miami Radar Center they were unable to contact us on radar even though we had just installed a new transponder.  I slowed the plane down and maintained the same heading, never turning.   Three minutes after leaving the tunnel I reached the shore of Miami and the electronic fog electronically dissipated in about ten seconds.   I looked behind expecting to see a fog bank and there were only clear skies.   All the instruments started working again so I flew back to our home airport.  I landed 30 minutes ahead of time.  Somehow I traveled 100 miles in only three minutes and 20 seconds.

In 1986 Martin Caidin had one of the best documented encounters with electronic fog.  He was a famous science fiction author who wrote over a hundred books, including many on aviation.  He was flying a large twin engine Catalina PBY flying boat.  There were seven people on board.  All of them were professional caliber pilots.  They departed Bermuda in clear weather heading to Jacksonville.  Shortly after take off the electronic fog attached itself to them in an instant. 

All of their electronic instruments went out including their radios.  Their whiskey compass was spinning.  They tried to maintain their west heading by aiming away from the sunny side of the fog.  They climbed up to 8000 feet but couldn’t get above it.  They descended to sea level,but couldn’t get under it.  They continued for three more hours and when they got close to the Florida shore line the fog disappeared and skies were clear all around them.

 Caidin wrote about this flight on three separate occasions.  He knew they experienced something significant that could be dangerous for pilots.  He said the flying boat was enveloped by an intense electromagnetic field that dumped the instruments and blanked out the electronic equipment.  He said it was like flying inside a milk bottle. He never realized the milk bottle was attached to them.

Now for the Malaysian flight.

The first indication the airliner may have been in trouble was when the co-pilot signed off from Malaysian air traffic control.  He said, “All right, good night.”  Normally he would say something like “Malaysian 370 contacting Viet Nam at 128.4 thank you goodnight.”  Maybe the electronic fog had just attached itself to the aircraft so he cut the procedure short.  They never contacted Viet Nam airspace and strange things started happening immediately after that last call.  The fog can disable the radios.  The Boeing 777 has a glass panel cockpit.  All the panels could have turned off and turned blank.  The pilots would have no idea of their exact heading because even the whisky compass would be spinning.  They would have to rely on their mechanical backup instruments to maintain control.  They are the altimeter, the airspeed indicator and the attitude indicator. 

They made about 120 degree turn to the left apparently trying to aim for the nearest airport.  It appears they went up higher trying to get above the fog and down lower trying to get below the fog but it did not detach.  When the time came to the point where they should be able to identify the airport there was no visibility.  They may have made some more turns and that would have disoriented them to the point where they were  not sure of their heading anymore.  Pilots in the electronic fog often go through a series of turns, then became spatially disoriented, and enter what is known as a graveyard spiral, that always ends in death.

The Malaysian 370 pilots may have been able to control the autopilot, but the heading would  have to be controlled by their input.  After going through a series of turns they probably became disoriented and did something similar to Flight 19.  They just continued until they ran out of fuel.  Also, like Flight 19, they unfortunately aimed for a remote location over the ocean where they may never be found.             

It seems like every other decade there has been a significant encounter with the mysterious electronic fog.  Mainstream science has not yet recognized the existence of electronic fog so it is not even being considered as a possibility with the mystery of the Malaysian airliner.  It is a rare phenomenon and I know it is real because I have seen it and talked to others that have experienced it.  No one has been able to debunk my experience in over 43 years.

Could this be what happened to the Malaysian airliner?  Only time will tell. So far everything we know about the flight seems to point in that direction. 

People are starting to ask if this has anything to do with the Bermuda Triangle mystery.  Over the years I have worked with many scientists, many of them famous.  They all believed that the phenomenon of electronic fog is plausible.  My latest partner in research is professor David Pares.  My friend, the late great scientist and author Dr. Arthur C. Clarke, said that the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine, and the only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them, into the impossible.            

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6 Responses to Electronic Fog & Malaysian Flight 370

  1. Darren B says:

    There is a boat missing now in the same ocean the plane may have gone down in.
    “Grave concerns are held for the crew of a fishing vessel in the southern Indian Ocean near Antarctica, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says, with rescue planes unable to find it after it set off an emergency distress beacon.”

    • Darren B says:

      ” “She was very, very nervous,” said Jeanette. “She kept asking everybody how safe was this Malaysian Airlines, she didn’t know enough about them, and we just said, ‘They’re great. Worldwide, state of the art.”

      When Wooley asked Amanda Lawton whether her mother had an intuition that something might go wrong, she replied: “I think so. Pretty much, from November last year, she was going on about how she’s been having all these bad dreams, nightmares, and we’re like, ‘Mum, you’re just being silly, just being a worrywart’.”
      The Lawtons were travelling to China with Brisbane friends Rodney and Mary Burrows. Mrs Lawton was losing her eyesight and her husband had taken long service leave to take her to Malaysia and China for her birthday. ”

  2. Very interesting. I guess the question that springs to mind is: What causes the electronic fog? And also why is it only a ‘rare phenomenon’ – which it must be when we consider the high number of air flights there are every day/week/month.

    • Rob and Trish says:

      Mike, the answer to your questions about what causes the electronic fog and why it’s rare is something Gernon doesn’t like to talk about because it immediately causes most scientists to discount the entire matter. He believes the fog is related to UFOs entering the atmosphere through inter-dimensional portals. Over the years, he has had about 20 sightings or encounters with UFOs, most of them while accompanied by others who witnessed the same thing. All of these encounters occurred after his experience in 1970.

  3. Sheila Joshi says:

    Fascinating. Thanks for posting this. So, if I’m understanding this, it helps to ignore all your electronic equipment, pick a direction, and stay true. But, the fog may still *move with you* for awhile, until, for some reason, it stops clinging to you.

    Do we have any theory about why the fog stops clinging to you, after having clung for a very long time?

    I just watched an episode of Dan Akroyd’s old Canadian series “Psi Factor,” in which they have the exact same experience on boats in the Bermuda Triangle. They have an old all-brass clock that is the only thing that will work, since brass isn’t magnetic.

    I’m also struck by Bruce Gernon’s use of the word “tunnel.” That makes me think both of the tunnel NDErs often see, and of wormholes. Can wormholes sort of peter out, and is that how you eventually emerge from the e-fog?

    Ha! I just went to get a book to mention, and I randomly opened it to Caidan’s experience! It’s called “Twidders” by Anita Holmes, and it’s a very interesting collection of anecdotes about people flying, driving, or standing still, and ending up transported through space or through time (like briefly being in the past and then coming back to the present). I think she concludes that some are alien abductions but some are impersonal atmospheric conditions.