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UFO dossier covered up using EU legislation

Posted on Thursday, 6 July, 2017 | Comment icon 21 comments

There have been dozens of UFO reports by British pilots. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Gerhard Uhlhorn
The Civil Aviation Authority has been using an EU law to withhold information about pilot UFO sightings.
The database of reports, which has been compiled by the UK's civil aviation regulatory body, is thought to contain information on hundreds of UFO encounters reported by pilots and air crews.

Normally files like these are made available through Freedom of Information Act requests, but in this case a piece of EU legislation appears to be blocking all efforts to have the reports released.

"Occurrence information can only be used for the purpose of maintaining or improving aviation safety, and the release of occurrence information to the general public or the media, including in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, is not permitted," the law states.

"However, if you require occurrence information for the purpose of maintaining or improving aviation safety you are able to make an application to the CAA."

Another reason that the files have been withheld is to protect the identities of the pilots, however private information is typically 'redacted' from such releases anyway, rendering this a moot point.

It is also worth noting that the files had been more readily available in the past, meaning that the use of EU laws to block access to them is something that has happened only relatively recently.

"The only conceivable reason for this change of policy is embarrassment on the part of the aviation industry," said David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University's department of journalism.

"It does not want to admit that its pilots do occasionally report things in the sky that are difficult to explain. To improve public confidence in air safety, the authorities should be proactively promoting open access to records of this type."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by kartikg on 25 August, 2017, 6:35
if the data is made public, it might hurt the profits of airlines at least in the short term . 
Comment icon #13 Posted by kartikg on 25 August, 2017, 6:48
if the data is made public, it might hurt the profits of airlines at least in the short term . 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Merc14 on 25 August, 2017, 12:14
I have to ask, who would choose not to fly because some airline pilot saw a UFO?  
Comment icon #15 Posted by I'mConvinced on 1 September, 2017, 20:35
Given the huge number of bona fide abduction cases proved each year I'm in awe of your confidence. No way I'd risk it, odds must be 25% or greater surely?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Merc14 on 1 September, 2017, 21:58
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ozymandias on 2 September, 2017, 3:07
Aw jeez, not another coverup! I tell ya, I'm so glad these sleuths expose all this stuff 'cos we're all just sleepwalking through what's really going on. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by kartikg on 3 September, 2017, 5:10
Not if just one or two incidents, but if a bunch of documents are released suddenly the confidence in that airline will drop with different people for different reasons  . average people and investors would think that there are incompetent or tired pilots who are seeing things  and the other bunch of people who will scare others  the stock price would dip for a few days . 
Comment icon #19 Posted by RoofGardener on 3 September, 2017, 6:14
"Bona fide abduction cases" ?  "Proved" ?  Hmmm.... perhaps not ? 
Comment icon #20 Posted by I'mConvinced on 3 September, 2017, 8:29
Sarcasm sometimes doesn't translate I guess.   
Comment icon #21 Posted by RoofGardener on 3 September, 2017, 8:30
Sorry.. sorry.. I posted prior to having my first cup of tea of the morning !  

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