Valentich insisted that the craft was there. He stated that it had just flown by again at about
1,000 feet above him, moving at an extremely high speed, and was now coming back towards
He said that it seemed as if the other pilot was toying with him by taking their craft in
circles above Valentich’s own plane.
Valentich stated that he could now see the craft more clearly. He told air traffic control that it
was made of very shiny metal and had a green light on it. When the unidentified craft got
close to him again, he reported to air traffic control that his plane was experiencing engine
The air traffic controllers asked him one more time to try to identify the aircraft.
Valentich’s reply was enigmatic. In his final transmission, he said, “It’s not an aircraft.” After
that, the air traffic controllers could only hear a metallic scraping sound before the radio went
After Valentich’s contact with air traffic control was lost, authorities began searching the area
for evidence of what may have happened to him. They searched for four days without finding
a single scrap of evidence. Finally, they called off the search and declared Valentich lost.
Five years later, a piece of an aircraft of the same type Valentich was flying was washed up
on Flinders Island. Although it can’t be definitively proven, authorities believe this may be a
piece of Valentich’s lost aircraft.
While authorities believed this was a tragic, but normal, aviation accident, others were less
sure. One of the staunchest critics of the official response to the incident was Valentich’s
His father publicly stated that Valentich was a firm believer in the existence of UFOs.
According to him, Valentich avidly studied information about extraterrestrial activity. He
believed that based on the radio transmissions received before the disappearance describing a
mysterious aircraft, it is likely that Valentich’s plane was destroyed by a UFO or that
Valentich himself was abducted by the aliens aboard the ship.
In support of this theory, others who were in the general area where Valentich disappeared
reported seeing strange things in the sky that morning. Most described it as an erratically
moving green light, which matches the description that Valentich gave of a craft bearing a
Additionally, a group of amateur UFO-ologists from the United States claimed to
have a photo taken near the area at the same time that shows "a bona fide unknown flying
object, of moderate dimensions, apparently surrounded by a cloud-like vapour/exhaust
What Happened to Frederick Valentich?
There have been many explanations over the years for Valentich’s disappearance. Many
believe that it was merely a tragic accident. The official explanation is that Valentich became
disoriented while flying over the water and that the lights he saw were just reflections of his
own craft’s lights.
They believe that he was the victim of a phenomenon called the illusion of
a tilted horizon, which may have caused him to turn his craft toward the water or even upside
down. This would have allowed him to view his own reflection in the water and unfortunately
send him into a downward spiral into the water.
Some believe that Valentich staged his own disappearance or even killed himself. They
theorize that he was distraught over his inability to get his aviation career off the ground and
chose to disappear or end his life. However, Valentich’s friends and colleagues insist that this
Those who have studied the transmissions and the other reports of strange activity in the area
are adamant that something not of this world was at play in the disappearance. However,
unless more clues about the missing aircraft wash to shore, we may never know the true fate
of Frederick Valentich.
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