In 1978, pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared during a flight over the Victorian coast, whilst reporting that he was being followed by a UFO. Amazingly, newly revealed documents released by the National Archives of Australia also show how Valentich had previously told his girlfriend that he had already been taken (i.e. abducted) by a UFO in the past.
On the night that Valentich disappeared, there were numerous reports
from the general public of a "fast moving brilliant white light".
However, this was assumed to be the result of a meteorite stream by Mt.
Stromlo Observatory near Canberra. It has been suggested that Valentich
was already fascinated with aliens and UFOs and that he had attempted
to fake his own UFO abduction, which presumably went horribly wrong. His
family reject such claims.
In actual fact, there was a wave of unexplained UFO sightings both
immediately before Valentich's disappearance and immediately afterwards
and Valentich had reported that his engine had failed whilst being
followed by the UFO. Nothing was ever heard from him again. Despite a
four-day search of Cape Otway by eight vessels and an Orion craft, no
debris was found and it was concluded "it seems likely that the aircraft
did not crash in the sea between Cape Otway and King Island".
Months before his disappearance, Valentich had accessed confidential
RAAF reports of UFOs which led him to become a true believer and which
could not be discussed with his family and friends. After seeing such
reports, Valentich had become concerned about the capability and true
nature of UFO's and as indicated by the declassified Australian
documents, it appears that Valentich may have already been abducted by
UFOs in the past.
Newly released Air Safety Investigation documents also show how an
engine cowl flap from the exact same model plane he was flying, a Cessna
182, had washed ashore five years later at Flinders Island. If this
indeed a part of Valentich's aircraft, it's possible that testing could
confirm whether it was in the salt waters of the Bass Strait for five
years or not. However, Valentich had reported that he was being followed
by a long, metallic aircraft which had four bright lights which moved
at high speed and orbited above his aircraft, just as his engine started
The engine cowl flap was found washed ashore on 16th May 1983, showing
partial serial numbers that matched the 182L model. However, the Air
Traffic Controller who was speaking to Valentich that very night, Steve
Robey, does not believe that the cowl flap was from Valentich's
aircraft. According to Robey, NASA analysts assessed the audio
transcript of the event and confirmed that Valentich was under genuine
stress and that there was no indication of any kind of hoax or
disorientation on Valentich's part and that he spoke about the incident
in a "matter of fact" way.
Additionally, five days after Valentich's disappearance whilst working
on Air Traffic Control, Robey received a radio transmission from another
pilot who claimed to have been passed three times by a jet-speed,
unidentified, intensely bright light which came so close it forced him
to land his aircraft.
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