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UFO connected to Valentich plane mystery

Posted on Monday, 11 August, 2014 | Comment icon 15 comments

The plane Valentich had been flying at the time was a Cessna 182. Image Credit: PD
A farmer may hold the key to the disappearance of Victorian pilot Fred Valentich in October 1978.
Valentich had been on a routine flight over Australia's Bass Strait when he reported to air traffic control that he had encountered a strange object in the sky that was "not an aircraft".

A few moments later the transmission cut out and he was never seen or heard from again. An extensive search of the area came up empty and no trace of his plane has ever been found.

Now 36 years later a UFO research group has been investigating the story of a farmer near Adelaide who had reportedly witnessed a 30m wide craft hovering over his property on the same morning as Valentich had disappeared.

The farmer had also allegedly spotted a Cessna airplane, the same type as Valentich had been flying, actually stuck to the side of the object above him with a trail of oil leaking from it. He had even taken a moment to inscribe the plane's registration number on to his tractor but at the time he had decided not to come forward with the information because his friends had ridiculed him over it.

Lead investigator George Simpson and his colleagues are now attempting to track down the farmer because they believe that he may hold the key to solving the mystery of the plane's disappearance.

"It’s easy for some to dismiss, but there are corroborating stories confirming that there was a UFO near Adelaide at the time," said Simpson.

Source: Herald Sun | Comments (15)

Tags: UFO, Valentich

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by psyche101 on 12 August, 2014, 0:59
There were many objects in the sky at the time, Valentich's flight was during the Geminids, the most prominent southern meteor shower of the year. Not to mention it is well documented he was a very inexperienced - and crappy - pilot.
Comment icon #7 Posted by badeskov on 12 August, 2014, 1:04
It is amazing that old chestnut (along with numerous others) can resurface time and again. Sadly, the repetitive nature of such and the willful ignorance required for said repetitive nature says a lot more about UFOlogists than they actually realize, I believe. No wonder it is become outright laughable. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #8 Posted by psyche101 on 12 August, 2014, 1:16
Gidday Mate!! Been a while, hope all has been well. What is perfectly stunningly stupid here is Kevin Basterfield was the man who poured through the Government Archives to find that hidden information, and he is speaking at the next Victorian UFO conference with George Simpson - the man who uncovered the photo and thinks Valentich's wreckage was never recovered. Speaking at the same conference, one UFOlogist speaker uncovered the Valentich wreckage years ago, and the next speaker thinks the plane wreckage is still lost. Not much communication within the Victorian UFO Group!&#... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Silent Trinity on 19 August, 2014, 11:08
Have to agree with Psyche101, when I was reading the OP above I was thinking...I am sure they found the wreckage though....And I was right. I think it is just a little denial and a little publicity from the Victorian UFO group. Can't say I totally write off and laugh at everything from the world of Ufology, there is a share of genuine mystery to some stories out there, but unfortunately for every truly mysterious sighting or encounter, there are 5 sets of imbeciles like the Victorian UFO Group who come along and make you wonder....why do I even bother?
Comment icon #10 Posted by HMS Dreadnought on 19 August, 2014, 12:56
Somehow these people think if they keep repeating the same myths loudly & often enough then they will become facts
Comment icon #11 Posted by seeder on 19 August, 2014, 13:14
yes and as Ive said on the other thread, a huge problem for ufology is the endless regurgitation of these old chestnuts. Ufology doesn't update itself and because of that, ufologists simply perpetuate misinformation for the sake of website content. If ufologists wiped the stories that have since been proven to be hoaxes, or in the passage of the time have had the mystery solved, as per this OP, then in one fell swoop, at least, at the very least...98% of the 'old classic' stories are shown for what they are. Bogus .
Comment icon #12 Posted by HMS Dreadnought on 19 August, 2014, 13:49
I agree 100% mate, they are like spurned lovers clinging on to old flames who can't accept they've been dumped!
Comment icon #13 Posted by psyche101 on 19 August, 2014, 23:42
Awesome Classic line, I will steal that
Comment icon #14 Posted by HMS Dreadnought on 20 August, 2014, 7:31
Haha no bother matey & don't you mean "abduct that"

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