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Aussie Report Of Near Collision With UFO: Updated with a question

Submitted by on May 28, 2014 – 6:22 PM4 Comments | 3,480 views

There seems to be a recent increase in UFO sightings around the world, and one interesting one from Down Under. The Australian Transportation Safety Board has the following report.

Near collision between an unknown object and De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX, Perth Airport, Western Australia on 19 March 2014

Investigation number: AO-2014-052

On 19 March 2014, at about 0913 Western Standard Time (WST), a De Havilland DHC-8, registered VH-XFX, was on approach to Perth Airport from Kambalda, Western Australia. When about 23 km north-northeast of Perth, at about 3,800 ft above mean sea level (AMSL), the crew sighted a bright strobe light directly in front of the aircraft.

The light appeared to track towards the aircraft and the crew realised that the light was on an unknown object, possibly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The pilot took evasive action turning towards the west to avoid a collision with the object. The object passed about 20 m horizontally and 100 ft vertically from the aircraft.

The pilot reported that the object was cylindrical in shape and grey in colour. It was at about 3,700 ft AMSL and in controlled airspace. The crew did not receive a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) alert. The airspace below 3,500 ft AMSL was military restricted airspace.

The ATSB was advised that the Australian Defence Force was not operating UAVs and was not aware of any UAV operations in the area at the time of the incident. The ATSB was not able to confirm the details of the object or identify any UAV operator in the area at that time.

UAVs are increasingly available to recreational operators and their operation outside of the regulations may pose a significant risk to aviation safety.


DeHavilland DHC

For anyone going to cry cover-up, it is not the responsibility of the ATSB to investigate UFOs, only air travel safety and identification of existing and potential threats to safety.

“The ATSB was not able to confirm the details of the object or identify any UAV operator in the area at that time.”
But that does not rule out the possibility of a privately owned unmanned drone either. Never the less this is an interesting report.

Updated musing.

This raises a question in my mind. With the affordability and compactness of camera systems, and small hi capacity data storage systems available, why do airliners not have 360 degrees of camera surveillance on board? “Black Boxes” rely solely on instrument telemetry and voice recording. Get with the times people!

 

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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