A young, rule-breaking pilot disappeared over Australia decades ago. Yep, UFO. (roll eyes)
Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.
The Victorian UFO Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.
The theory has sparked furious debate as the nation’s leading UFO investigators prepare for a national conference in Melbourne next month.
Lead investigator George Simpson, one of the last people to see the plane in the sky, says the farmer, if still alive, might have information to solve the mystery.
He conceded there was no proof, but said it was the best new lead for a case that had intrigued Australians for decades. “It’s easy for some to dismiss, but there are corroborating stories confirming that there was a UFO near Adelaide at the time,” Mr Simpson said.
In Valentich’s last contact with air traffic control he reported on a hovering object in front of him that was not an aircraft. Right after this his transmission was abruptly ended. But, there is far more to the Valentich mystery than people know. Check out The Disappearance of Frederick Valentich where we learn that Valentich, a 20-year-old private pilot, had a preoccupation with UFOs, he lied to everyone about why he was going to King Island, he did not call in advance to the King Island airstrip to have the runway lights turned on, and he had a record of toying with the regulations, getting himself into trouble three times before.
This particular story assumes WAY too much and leaves out a huge amount of detail unnecessarily leading people to believe that Valentich’s encounter with a UFO led to his disappearance. This is all speculation and sensationalism which looks to be fueled by UFO enthusiasts. Not news, not credible, not reliable information.
Neither Fred Valentich’s body nor the airplane he was flying has been found.