Why are UFOs dangerous? U.S. News & World Report is tackling that question in a special Mysteries of Space magazine that recently hit newsstands.
While the debate rages over whether some of the residual UFOs are interplanetary or interdimensional spacecraft, the magazine is exploring the potential danger of UFO encounters with commercial airline pilots.
“Our objectives are to make flying safer for the public, and we’re convinced there’s a potential threat posed by nearby unexplained aerial phenomena to commercial and private airplanes,” former UFO skeptic and NASA research scientist Richard Haines told The Huffington Post.
Haines is currently the chief scientist of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, a private venue for pilots, crews and air traffic controllers who want to file UFO reports without fear of ridicule.
“One encounter is where the airplane is flying along, minding its own business, usually on autopilot, when the phenomenon or phenomena will come alongside, approach the airplane, pace it, sometimes do maneuvers around it and then fly away,” Haines said.
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Really? This is a hazard?
I got a bit of flak the last time we posted about such things. Have we even established that there is a threat? I will admit that there seems to be more and more “things” in the air but not all are intelligently controlled (or shown to be such). This assumes that some intelligently-controlled craft is harrassing our aircraft and I’m just not sure this has been clearly established. Hence, is there a threat? Or is this some concocted fear?
I don’t have the U.S. News and Report described here so I can’t say how they treat it. More info is appreciated.