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UFO connected to Valentich plane mystery

August 11, 2014 | Comment icon 14 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.

"Itís 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 (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by psyche101 8 years ago
George Simpson and his band of halfwits are as stupid as people can get. Valentich's Plane was found, it' not been missing for like 30 years. If anybody knows that idiots email, send him this - the report that states Valentich's Plane washed up at Flinders Island. The reason people WANTED to believe it was a UFO event was because Valentich Father struggled to come to terms with the death of his son, and after watching Close Encounters of The Third Kind, he decided that was what happened to his sone and promoted that story. Completely stupid story and the researchers are "SOOOOO" informed that ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by psyche101 8 years ago
Someone posted this in the comments. I can't directly vouch for it's veracity: http://members.ozema...rs/valensum.htm 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 8 years ago
George Simpson and his band of halfwits are as stupid as people can get. Valentich's Plane was found, it' not been missing for like 30 years. If anybody knows that idiots email, send him this - the report that states Valentich's Plane washed up at Flinders Island. snip 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 8 years ago
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 it says a lot more about UFOlogists than they actually realize, I believe. No wonder it is become outright laughable. Cheers, Badeskov 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 Simps... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Silent Trinity 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
Somehow these people think if they keep repeating the same myths loudly & often enough then they will become facts 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' stor... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by HMS Dreadnought 8 years ago
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 . I agree 100% mate, they are like spurned lovers clinging on to old flames who ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by psyche101 8 years ago
I agree 100% mate, they are like spurned lovers clinging on to old flames who can't accept they've been dumped! Awesome Classic line, I will steal that
Comment icon #14 Posted by HMS Dreadnought 8 years ago
Awesome Classic line, I will steal that Haha no bother matey & don't you mean "abduct that"


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