UFO Abduction: Pilot and Plane Disappear Without a Trace

 

On October 21, 1978, 20-year-old pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared while flying his Cessna 182L over Bass Strait in Australia. No trace of him or his airplane were ever found.

Although it is not uncommon for pilots to suffer accidents and crash into the sea, the Valentich case is unsettling due to the radio transmission between him and Melbourne Air Traffic control right before he vanished.

Valentich radioed the control tower, asking if there were any known aircraft flying near his plane and received a negative answer. He then communicated that there was an unknown aircraft roughly 1,000 feet (300 meters) above him. The shiny, metallic object was illuminated by four bright green landing lights and it rapidly approached Valentich. It orbited around him several times, getting close and zipping by at high speed, leading Valentich to believe it was intentionally playing with him.

Valentich told Air Traffic control his engine started running roughly and sent his final transmission at 19:12:09. “That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again (open microphone for two seconds). It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft,” were his final words. What followed were 17 seconds of a metallic scraping sound then the radio went silent.

The long investigation that followed turned up no evidence; no plane wreckage and no body.

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Many believe Frederick Valentich was killed or abducted by a UFO and this hypothesis seems to be supported by a wave of sightings being reported in the six weeks prior to his disappearance. Interestingly enough, most of them involved an “erratically moving green light in the sky.”

Below is the full transcript of the communication between Valentich and Melbourne Air Traffic control:

1906:14 DSJ Melbourne, this is Delta Sierra Juliet. Is there any known traffic below five thousand?

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, no known traffic.

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, I am, seems to be a large aircraft below five thousand.

1906:44 FS Delta Sierra Juliet, What type of aircraft is it?

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, I cannot affirm, it is four bright, it seems to me like landing lights.

1907 FS Delta Sierra Juliet.

1907:31 DSJ Melbourne, this is Delta Sierra Juliet, the aircraft has just passed over me at least a thousand feet above.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, and it is a large aircraft, confirmed?

DSJ Er-unknown, due to the speed it’s travelling, is there any air force aircraft in the vicinity?

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, no known aircraft in the vicinity.

1908:18 DSJ Melbourne, it’s approaching now from due east towards me.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet.

1908:41 DSJ (open microphone for two seconds.)

1908:48 DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, it seems to me that he’s playing some sort of game, he’s flying over me two, three times at speeds I could not identify.

1909 FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, what is your actual level?

DSJ My level is four and a half thousand, four five zero zero.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, and you confirm you cannot identify the aircraft?

DSJ Affirmative.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, stand by.

1909:27 DSJ Melbourne, Delta Sierra Juliet, it’s not an aircraft it is (open microphone for two seconds).

1909:42 FS Delta Sierra Juliet, can you describe the -er- aircraft?

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, as it’s flying past it’s a long shape (open microphone for three seconds) cannot identify more than it has such speed (open microphone for three seconds). It’s before me right now Melbourne.

1910 FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger and how large would the – er – object be?

1910:19 DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, Melbourne, it seems like it’s stationary. What I’m doing right now is orbiting and the thing is just orbiting on top of me also. It’s got a green light and sort of metallic like, it’s all shiny on the outside.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet

1910:46 DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet (open microphone for three seconds) It’s just vanished.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet

1911 DSJ Melbourne, would you know what kind of aircraft I’ve got? Is it a military aircraft?

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, Confirm the – er ~ aircraft just vanished.

DSJ Say again.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, is the aircraft still with you?

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet; it’s (open microphone for two seconds) now approaching from the south-west.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet

1911:50 DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, the engine is rough-idling. I’ve got it set at twenty three twenty-four and the thing is coughing.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, what are your intentions?

DSJ My intentions are – ah – to go to King Island – ah – Melbourne. That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again (open microphone for two seconds). It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet.

1912:28 DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet. Melbourne (open microphone for seventeen seconds).”

Transmission ended.

Ragnar Larsen

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