This blog knows many famous people from Michigan, bloggers, comedians, pianists, Alaskan explorers and hunters, entertainers, traveling salesmen, and religious. The author has visited Michigan as well. Once to try his vocation with the Little Brothers of Jesus in a little slum once known as Detroit, and one other time when he went to see John Paul II at the Pontiac Silver Dome. (Commemorative plagues marking my visits have been set up as well.) I've also flown over Lake Michigan numerous times, but had no idea it was so 'weird'.
The Michigan Triangle
There are numerous stories of the supposed appearance of strange creatures, unexplained vanishings, time standing still, slowing to a crawl, or speeding up, or other unusual happenings.More recently...
One well-known and often repeated case is that of Captain George R. Donner, who commanded the Great Lakes freighter O.S. McFarland. While on a journey back from Erie, Pennsylvania after picking up 9,800 tons of coal, the ship made course westward through the lakes. It was slow going due to late-spring ice floes, but the ship was making steady progress toward its destination, Port Washington, Wisconsin, when Donner disappeared. Right out of his locked cabin!
Another disappearance took place on June 23, 1950, and involved a Northwest Airlines DC-4 aircraft carrying fifty-five passengers and three crew members. This flight 2501 had departed from New York City and was due to land at Minneapolis. The last radio contact recorded with the plane was that it was 3,500 ft (1,100 m) over Battle Creek, Michigan and was going to change its course to a northwesterly path over Lake Michigan, due to bad weather near Chicago. After this, the plane disappeared and could not be raised by radio. Considerable light debris, upholstery, and human body fragments were found floating on the surface, but divers were unable to locate the plane's wreckage.
On July 3, 1998, at 1845 eastern daylight time (edt), an Aero Vodochody L-39C, N7868M, operated by a commercial pilot, was reported missing over Lake Michigan, in the vicinity west- northwest of Traverse City, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was being conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. There was no flight plan on file. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger on board have not been found. The local flight departed from the Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City, Michigan, at 1831 edt.
What could cause this phenomena? Experts believe it may be some kind of Vortex... (Sound the Twilight Zone music, Michael.)
One of the strangest stories to date involves a traveling salesman/ventriloquist/pianist, Lorenzo Dingieger. The successful businessman decided to expand his sales territory to the Milwaukee area. An inventive fellow, he devised an electric flying car which reputedly could traverse water. Seeking to avoid the congestion of driving through Chicago, Mr. Dingieger decided to take a short cut across Lake Michigan, alternately flying and navigating over the lake. Blown off course, the car was never found and to this day his wife and kids believe the story of why he came home so late that night. Yes - he is one of the very few to have survived the disappearance. Amazingly, Dingieger showed up at home in perfect shape, his clothes as neatly pressed as the day before. Curiously amnesiac, he doesn't remember anything about the trip after he was airborne, nor does he have any recollection of what happened to the car. Adding to the mystery, divers were unable to locate the flying/floating car's wreckage.
Documentation taken from Wikipedia.