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The Ghosts of Flight 401

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N310EA, the aircraft involved in the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401. Photo: Jon Proctor

After a tragic plane crash that killed 101 people, flight attendants on subsequent flights began to witness many strange events. The ghost of pilot Bob Loft, who died in the crash, was seen several times, even warning the crew about faulty electrics on their aircraft.

The Tragic End of Flight 401

The wreckage of Flight 401, said to contain the ghosts of Bob Loft and Don Repo. Photo: Ron Infantino.

Eastern Airlines Flight 401 left JFK airport in New York headed for Miami, Florida.

The flight was headed by 55 year old Captain Bob Loft. Bob loft was a very experienced and well regarded pilot who had been with Eastern Airlines for 32 years.

His flight crew was made up of First Officer Bert Stockstill, 39, and Flight Engineer Don Repo, 51. An off duty technical officer for the company named Angelo Donadeo, 47, was also on board.

The flight proceeded as normal until they began to get ready for the descent into Miami. The crew tried to lower the aircraft’s landing gear but the indicator light signalling it was down didn’t come on.

The crew put the flight on autopilot and planned to circle overhead until they could figure out if the landing gear was functioning correctly.

While they were distracted by this problem the crew failed to notice that the autopilot was not working. The flight gradually lost altitude and crashed into the everglades.

101 people were killed in the accident and 75 people survived. First Officer Stockstill was killed on impact while Captain Bob Loft died in the wreckage. Both Don Repo and Angelo Donadeo initially survived the crash but Repo later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Paranormal Activity Connected to Flight 401

In the year and a half following the accident many Eastern Airlines crew members reported seeing the spirits of Bob Loft and Don Repo during flights.

A flight attendant was making preparations for food service in the galley when she saw Don Repo’s reflection in an oven door. Startled, she called out to two fellow crew members to come and see it and they both recognized the face to be that of Don Repo.

The face in the oven then said “watch out for fire on this plane”. On the returning flight the plane’s engine caught fire and had to be shut down.

Later on the same plane another flight attendant saw an engineer she didn’t recognize fixing the plane’s oven. She asked another engineer on the flight who the other engineer was but he told her he was the only one on the flight. Later the flight attendant recognized the engineer she had seen when looking at photos of Don Repo.

Another flight attendant on a flight from New York-Miami flight opened an overhead bin for place a passengers luggage when she saw Bob Loft’s face staring back at her from inside.

An entire cockpit crew claim they saw Bob Loft sitting among them on another Eastern Airlines flight. They said Loft warned them about some faulty wiring which was then found and repaired.

Even the vice president of Eastern Airlines claimed to have seen Bob Loft on a plane as it prepared to take off from JFK airport.

Possible Explanations for Paranormal Activity Connected to Flight 401

This 1978 movie was based on the true story of flight 401 and the ghost stories that followed.

It was soon discovered that the flights that had the paranormal activity all had parts salvaged from the wreckage of 401 used in them. The psychic phenomenon of psychometry is when spirits are said to be connected to physical objects.

Perhaps the ghosts of Don Repo and Bob Loft were intertwined with the parts of the wreckage of Flight 401 and when those parts were put in another plane they were able to connect with the living through those parts.

It is also possible that the collective trauma from having so many coworkers and friends die caused the Eastern Airlines crew members to have shared hallucinations or delusions. It is strange that their stories would all be so consistent with one another if this is the case.

Do you think the ghosts of Don Repo and Bob Loft were haunting Eastern Airlines or something more mundane was happening? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed this article you may also be interested in the disappearance of Frederick Valentich’s flight or the ghosts seen in the London Underground.

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Green Orbs Appearing in Photos?

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Green orbs appearing in a photo

Have you been taking photos and discovered mysterious green orbs appearing? What could this mean?

Spiritual Meaning of Green Orbs

Green orbs are believed by many intuitive people to symbolize nature, love, and the heart. If you see one, it could suggest that you should be more open to love and enjoy the beauty of the world. It might also mean you need to focus on healing yourself or helping others with their physical, mental, or spiritual well-being. Green orbs could be a sign that a human spirit, like a ghost, is nearby and trying to communicate with people in the physical world.

Another green orb appearing in a photo unexpectedly.

Could a Green Orb Appearing in a Photo be a Spirit?

A green orb could mean that a spirit might be trying to tell you something. People think orbs are pure energy, possibly representing a spirit that has passed away or one that never had a physical body. If you spot a green spirit orb, it could be here to guide you or convey a message. This spirit could be someone you know or a stranger. Spirits might show up in meaningful places. Reflecting on why a location is important could help you understand who is trying to talk to you. Try meditating to connect with the spirit. If they want to communicate, they might reach out while you’re in a calm and thoughtful state.

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Possible Scientific Explanation for Green Orbs

When it comes to capturing unexplainable green orbs in photographs, the most logical explanation often lies in the behavior of light. These orbs can manifest due to a phenomenon called lens flare.

Lens flare occurs when light enters the camera lens and interacts with the internal components, causing artifacts such as orbs, streaks, or circles to appear in the resulting image.

Modern digital cameras, like the ones in our phones, have lenses coated with a thin film to reduce internal reflection and minimize lens flare. However, under certain conditions, intense sources of light—especially those emitting in the green spectrum—can still produce these compelling orbs.

This is especially true when the light source is positioned at an oblique angle relative to the camera lens, leading to internal reflections and refractions within the lens system.

Natural and artificial sources of bright light, such as the sun, street lamps, or flashlights, are common culprits leading to the appearance of green orbs in photographs. Even in low-light or night photography, the use of a camera flash can inadvertently cause the phenomenon.

As the flash interacts with particles in the air or small water droplets, it generates reflections and artifacts that materialize as vibrant green orbs in the final image. Therefore, while these green orbs may initially appear as mysterious or supernatural, they are sometimes the result of the complex interplay between light, lenses, and photographic technology.

Have you ever taken a photo with a mysterious green orb? Did it bring you comfort or cause fear? Tell us about it in the comments!

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The Pollock Twins

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The Pollock Twins are thought to be one of the strongest cases in support of reincarnation.

In 1957, Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock lost their lives in a car accident. Their parents believe they were reincarnated the following year as their twin sisters.

The Tragic Death of Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock

In May 1957, in a small town called Hexham in England, two sisters, Joanna (11 years old) and Jacqueline (6 years old), along with their friend Anthony (9 years old), were going to church when a driver who was on drugs hit them. Sadly, the two sisters and Anthony died almost immediately.

The driver, a local woman, deliberately hit the children because she had been separated from her own kids. This incident became widely known in Britain, and the woman was later sent to a psychiatric hospital.

The Pollock Twins and Hints of Reincarnation

Armchair Investigator covers the case of the Pollock Twins

After Joanna and Jacqueline died, their mom and dad, Florence and John Pollock, were devastated. But when Florence got pregnant again, John had an unshakable belief the two girls would come back as twins.

Florence and John were Catholics and often fought about the idea of being born again. Florence didn’t agree with John’s thoughts, and it caused a lot of problems. It was even said that their whole marriage was in danger, and Florence almost wanted a divorce.

Neither parent’s family had a history of twins, and the doctor thought Florence would have only one baby. But surprisingly, on October 4, 1958, Florence gave birth to twin girls named Gillian and Jennifer.

Even though the twins looked the same, they had different marks on their bodies, which is uncommon. Jennifer had a small mark on her left hip, just like Jacqueline, and a mark on her forehead, similar to a scar Jacqueline had.

When the twins were three months old, the family moved to Whitley Bay, near Hexham. But as the girls grew up, they seemed to remember Hexham well, even though they didn’t grow up there.

When the family returned to Hexham when the twins were four, Gillian and Jennifer recognized and named places they had never seen, like the school Joanna and Jacqueline went to, the Hexham Abbey, and a playground their sisters used to love. They even seemed to know the way to the playground without ever having seen it before.

The twins could also recognize their late sisters’ toys and asked for them by name. Even though Florence had put away the toys, the twins remembered them as if they were their own. They knew the toys’ names, divided them exactly like their sisters did, and even mentioned that Santa Claus gave them the toys, which was true.

Florence and John noticed that the twins had similar personalities to their older sisters. Just like Joanna was protective of Jacqueline, Gillian took care of Jennifer and seemed more grown-up. The parents also observed that the twins liked the same games and foods as their sisters.

In the first few years, Florence didn’t believe John’s idea that the twins were “reincarnated.” But when she overheard them talking about the car accident that took their sisters’ lives, she changed her mind. Once, she heard the girls playing a game where they reenacted their sisters’ accident. Gillian was holding Jennifer’s head, saying, “The blood’s coming out of your eyes. That’s where the car hit you.”

Once, Gillian pointed to Jennifer’s forehead birthmark and said, “That’s the mark Jennifer got when she fell on a bucket.” It’s interesting that the twins also seemed scared of cars. When they were younger, they had bad dreams about getting hit by a car. Gillian and Jennifer would get scared and nervous around cars. When a car started in an alley, John remembered the girls holding onto each other, shouting, “The car is coming to get us!”

Around their fifth birthday, the memories of their ‘past lives’ slowly went away, and they started living normal lives. Even though they forgot about the accident, Gillian later remembered seeing herself playing in a sandbox at a house in Whickham. She had never been to Whickham, but she perfectly described the house and garden that matched where Joanna lived when she was four.

People often say the Pollock twins are “proof” of reincarnation, but some argue that their memories could have come from their four older brothers. John and Florence say they didn’t talk to the twins about their dead sisters until they were older, but it’s possible the twins heard about it from their brothers.

Do you think the case of the Pollock sisters is proof of reincarnation? Tell us your theories in the comments.

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