There have regularly been reports of ghost planes in Derbyshire, England.
The reports are concentrated to an area in the Peak District of northern Derbyshire; this area has been dubbed the UK’s Bermuda Triangle.
Why is the Peak District so strange? Are magnetic anomalies detected in the local rocks responsible?
Peak District of Derbyshire is a ghost-like graveyard covered with many wartime planes such as the Wellington Bomber, B-29 Bomber, Dakota and Lancaster.
Except for the remains of wrecks of planes, many witnesses also claimed to sight aircraft flying towards them, before it disappeared completely. People have identified the plane as a Douglas Dakota – once flown by the RAF.
Based on documents dated to the 1990s, a Dakota did crash in the area some 70 years ago.
Local military and airport officials said there were no air shows or historical plane flyovers in the area. There are very few of these planes left and even fewer are operational, so their flights would be well-known. The old Dakota and Hercules aircraft do occasionally fly down the valley through Darley Dale towards Matlock, but they can be heard and their sound is quite distinctive.
One of the witnesses, recalling a sighting of Rowley ghost plane spotted over Derbyshire, said:
Apparently, the crashes of military aircraft have continued over the years on the Dark Peak, generally due to dramatic weather conditions, as experts say.
Peak District is an isolated area of the high moorlands.
Many wrecks – untouched and often witnessed by hikers present in these remote places of Derbyshire, seem to confirm the sightings of a low flying, propeller-driven plane, which suddenly appears to be in difficulty before finally crashing into the moors.
There have been at least fifty plane crashes in the area of the ‘Dark Peak’ and more than 300 people have lost their lives in these crashes. Many of the crashes remain unexplained; unfortunately an investigation into magnetic anomalies detected in the area did not help to shed light on the mystery of the Dark Peak.
Naturally occurring magnetic rocks in the Dark Peak obviously can cause local ‘deflections’ of compass direction but no more than in any other similar area.
Air crashes cannot be related to these anomalies.
On March 24, 1997, yet another sighting of a propeller driven plane being witnessed flying low above moors. The aircraft had difficulties to fly and suddenly disappeared, seemingly crashing on moors above Sheffield.
A rescue operation involving 100 volunteers and police was launched but failed to find any trace of a plane or crash place.
Written by A. Sutherland – MessageToEagle.com Staff Writer