Aug 13, 2014

Farmer may hold clue to 36-year Frederick Valentich plane mystery

One of the most baffling cases in UFO lore, the Valentich disappearance is full of information, recordings, details, and the terrifying truth that the young pilot simply vanished, never to be seen again.  The photo below is tied to the disappearance.

Aaron Langmaid
Herald Sun, Australia

This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went
This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went missing. Picture: Supplied Source: News Limited

INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries.

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.
It is claimed the Cessna was stuck to the side of the craft, leaking oil. The farmer even scratched the plane’s registration number on to his tractor but never came forward with the information because he was ridiculed by the few friends he told.

The theory has sparked furious debate as the nation’s leading UFO investigators prepare for a national conference in Melbourne next month.
Frederick Valentich.
Frederick Valentich. Source: Supplied

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.

Mr Valentich had been on a routine cargo flight to King Island in October 1978 when he disappeared.
In his last conversation with air traffic control, he ­reported an object hovering in front of him and said it was “not an aircraft’’. It was the last thing Mr Valentich said before a strange metallic clicking sound was heard and the transmission stopped.

Extensive searches failed to find any trace of the plane or the pilot.

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