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Pilot who saw a UFO sent eerie final message before disappearing

By T.K. Randall
March 29, 2024 · Comment icon 34 comments

What did Valentich see that day ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Schaferle
Over 45 years ago, pilot Frederick Valentich vanished without a trace after encountering a UFO off the coast of Australia.
When it comes to aviation mysteries, most people will likely think of Amelia Earhart or Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but there is another, perhaps even stranger, aviation enigma that has prompted endless debate and has stumped investigators for the better part of five decades.

It centers around 20-year-old Frederick Valentich, a young pilot who had rented a single engine plane from Victoria's Moorabbin Airport on October 21st, 1978 with the intention of flying to King Island which was situated around 125 miles away.

Everything had been going fine until, at 7pm, he initiated communications with Melbourne Airflight Service Controller Steve Robey to ask if there were any other aircraft in the area.

He reported that he had observed an object zooming past his plane at considerable speed.

Robey replied to state that there was no sign of any other aircraft on radar.

"It is four bright, it seems to me, like landing lights. The aircraft has just passed over me at least a thousand feet above," Valentich insisted. "It seems to me that he's playing some sort of game."

"He's flying over me two, three times, at a time at speeds I could not identify."
The young pilot described the object as long and metallic with a green light on the top. At one point, he reported that it had disappeared from one side of him before reappearing on the other.

"It is hovering and it is not an aircraft," he said.

This would turn out to be his final message.

17 seconds later, the transmission ended and Valentich was never seen again.

The question of what fate befell him remains one of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history.

Did he encounter something otherworldly that evening ?

We may never know for sure.

Source: Metro | Comments (34)

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Dejarma 24 days ago
so some ufos can be tracked on radar & some can't it seems? hmmm, wonder why
Comment icon #26 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 24 days ago
When it comes to civilian planes, they can fly under the radar it’s an old smugglers trick.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Hammerclaw 24 days ago
A disappearance over water only requires pilot error or mechanical failure, especially at night.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Dejarma 24 days ago
or aliens
Comment icon #29 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 24 days ago
Yea what he said!!!!!?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Zetorian 23 days ago
You can share your views.  Stealth maybe...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Golden Duck 23 days ago
Pieces of wreckage washed ashore five years later. Young inexperienced pilot became disoriented over water.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Bed of chaos 22 days ago
Unfortunately my phone won't open this. Does it prove he didn't see anything?
Comment icon #33 Posted by Golden Duck 22 days ago
  It's the file from Department of Transport.  How would they prove what Valentich did or didn't see?
Comment icon #34 Posted by rodentraiser 15 days ago
Anybody ever read Martin Caidin's "Ghosts of the Air"? In it, he tells the story of a pilot in Australia who went through almost the exact same thing. But he further talks about the time when a plane he was on had a failure with the compass and was heading out to sea when it should have been heading the other way. They only figured it out by looking at the night sky. He also talks about the Bermuda Triangle and how hard it is to search for something there. Whether you believe or not, it's an interesting book.

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