Sam searches for information on January 1, 2008, about the Sunda Trench after being drawn to a clue sent to him through a photo of Sonya, he is given the following information:
The Sunda Trench is an oceanic trench located the Indian Ocean off the island of Sumatra. Numerous aircraft and vessels have gone missing in the region of the trench over the year, giving it a somewhat mysterious reputation akin to the Bermuda Triangle's.
The Sunda Trench is certainly situated in one of the most geologically violent spots in the world: it is near the collision point for several tectonic plates, there are large numbers of active volcanoes in the area and earthquakes are frequent. Some of the devastating natural disasters that have occurred in the Sunda Trench region include:
-The 1815 volcanic eruption of Tombora on Sumbawa Island, thought to be the most massive in recorded history.
-The 1883 volcanic eruption on Krakatoa Island, an explosion so violent it was heard 5'000 km away.
Sam, yet again on January 8, 2008, searches on FindOutPedia.com for information on the Sunda Trench and is given the following information:
The Sunda Trench
List of some notable planes and ships lost in the Sunda Trench:
1566 -- Loss of Portugese trading vessel on trip from Ambon Island
1693 -- Disappearance of noted early Dutch explorer Conrad Van Eyck
1815 -- British fighting vessel "Princess Mary" reported missing with all hands on trip from Cape Town
1914 -- Japanese steam freighter goes missing on expedition to New Guinea
1931 -- Dutch freighter vanishes returning from Timor, crew of 29 on board
1933 -- British warship disappears during expedition
1937 -- Pilot involved in search for Amelia Earhart disappears off coast of Sumatra
1944 -- Several American bombing planes go missing in region on routine mission, despite no reports of storms or enemy activity
1948 -- Dutch merchant ship SS Ourang Medan was found adrift off Indonesia with all of its crew dead. The ship subsequently caught on fire and sank.
1951 -- US submarine disappears during patrol of waters
1955 -- British plane en route to Thailand disappears with 7 crew and 13 passengers -- one week later a plane sent out on a rescue mission also vanishes
1957 -- US seaplane lost with 10 crewmen
1964 -- American aircraft carrying 55 military personnel to South Vietnam vanishes
1966 -- British navy boat on patrol during Indonesian confrontation vanishes -- initially this loss was thought to be due to Indonesian military, but later release of classified documents from the Indonesian government indicated this was not the case
1973 -- French sailor disappears during round the world yacht expedition
1975 -- privately-owned plane carrying Minister in Indonesian government vanishes with 6 people on board
1981 -- Japanese commercial plane with 2 pilots and 42 passengers disappears en route to Jakarta
1981 -- Pleasure craft captained by West German business tycoon disappears
1988 -- Indonesian commercial plane disappears over ocean, 238 people on board
1998 -- Taiwanese freighter lost
2003 -- ship High Aim 6 left Taiwan on October 31, 2002 - found floating in Australian waters without its crew on on January 8, 2003.
In addition to these, there have been reports of a high incidence of unexplained electronics failure in the area. Compasses have also been known to behave erratically.
After hearing a mysterious broadcast about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Sam does a search on January 10, 2008, to find out more information.
Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937) was an American aviator, best known for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Born in Atchinson, Kansas, Earhart worked as a nurse's aide in a Canadian military hospital during World War I, then attended college and became a social worker. She experienced her first flight in 1920 and soon started taking lessons, becoming only the 16th woman to receive a pilot's licence from the FAI. In 1928 Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic; four years later she repeated this feat solo. In 1937 Earhart attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world. On July 2, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared en route from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island in the Pacific. Despite an extensive search, her body and plane have never been recovered.