The Frederick Valentich UFO Incident
UFO incident, sometimes referred to as the
Frederick Valentich alien abduction/disappearance, took place
on October 21, 1978, and allegedly involved a close
a Cessna 182L piloted by Valentich and a UFO.
The day started
normal enough, Valentich departing Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, at
18:19 local time, headed southwest, purportedly reaching Cape Otway on
Australian coast at 19:00 the first leg of his journey. It was on the
second leg from the cape across Bass Strait to King Island that things
apparently began to go wrong.
At 19:06 Valentich
contacted Steve Robey, a Melbourne Flight Service Officer, for
information on another aircraft flying at his altitude, below
5000 feet (1524 meters), and was told their was no known aircraft at
that level. Valentich replied that not only was there an aircraft but
that it had passed 1000 feet (300 meters) overhead a number of times,
traveling at a high rate of speed and apparently playing with him.
asked Valentich to confirm his altitude which the pilot did, Robey then
asked for an estimate of the aircraft’s size, to which Valentich,
seemingly not hearing, replied the aircraft had a shiny metallic sheen,
a green light and was
hovering above him. This was followed by a short pause then “It’s just
vanished.” Then another pause before “now approaching from the
At 19:11:52 Valentich reported that his engine was
idling rough and when questioned at as to his intentions replied he was
proceeding to King Island followed by “Ah Melbourne that strange
aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an
aircraft.” This conversation was apparently followed by seventeen
seconds of strange “metallic, scraping sounds,” then nothing.
and rescue was alerted and when Valentich failed to arrive at King
Island a sea and air search was undertaken which continued until 25
October with no results. A Department of Transport investigation though
determine a cause (no trace
of Valentich or the Cessna was
ever found) presumed
that Valentich had died in the incident.
for the public, a number of individuals came forward with stories of
“moving green lights in the sky.” At least one, tying the green lights
to Valentich’s plane, described an encounter with the lights following
the Cessna as it dived in avoidance.
A number of possible explanations for the incident have been offered
over the years:
According to Guido Valentich, the missing pilot’s father, his son
possessed an extensive background in ufology (not
factor but the "how to" of a hoax would certainly have been within his
capabilities, especially when one takes into account that the
aircraft was never tracked by radar anywhere near Cape Otway though a
light plane was reported to have landed nearby).
disoriented, crashing after flying upside down and seeing his
own lights reflected in the water. 
committed an elaborately staged suicide.
struck by lightening.
He encountered and was brought down by drug smugglers.
He encountered an alien craft and was abducted by extraterrestrials.
 Possible but not probable, the Cessna 182 has a gravity feed fuel
system making extended inverted flight extremely unlikely.
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