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In one incident, an aircraft was forced to take evasive measures to avoid a potential collision with an unidentified object.
Aviation experts, commentators and UFologists have been investigating a “cylindrical” shaped object high in the sky above Perth in 2013 and 2014.
What’s in the air?
A February 3 2015 report by researcher Paul Dean concludes the following startling claims:
“Indeed, the two events, happened in the same, very small area to the north/east of Perth airport; and, as stated previously, both events occurred slightly after 9:00am on weekdays; both involved the same airline; and both events caused the pilots to manoeuvre their aircraft to avoid a possible collision.
Based on the information now available on the two incidents, in my opinion, I would argue that the two incidents are very similar, and possibly linked in some way.
But, not being aviation and air safety officials, we can probably do no more. Hopefully someone will get to the bottom of this soon.”
More information is only now coming to light now after the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau published a report.
Here’s what the ATSB report said on the Perth UFO:
Report: Near collision between an unknown object and de Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX,
Perth Airport, Western Australia on 19 March 2014.
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 (or drones) 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.
Here’s some details of the incident compiled in the report, via Crikey :
The pilot, male, age 26 utterly ruled out the possibility of the object being a weather balloon
* The object was travelling in the opposite direction to him, not merely hovering or floating
* He and the co-pilot registered “complete shock”
* Air Services Australia confirmed that no other flight crew reported seeing the object (via ground radio when he landed)
* When he thought the object might collide with his plane, he sought a heading change from ATC, but this was denied. He therefore changed course himself
* The object was still going “up,” as well as travelling horizontally when it passed his aircraft
* He estimated it was only 100m from his aircraft at most, he said it could have been as close as 30m
* It had the ratio dimension wise of a cigarette, i.e. long and thin
* He said it was green in colour, military green actually, even though the ATSB report cites the colour as grey
* The strobe light on front had a flash frequency of a second interval at most. It was whitish in colour, and not red, or blue, or any other colour
* The total duration of the event did not exceed 15 seconds
* A very rough estimate of the speed of the aircraft at the time was perhaps 450km/hr, despite being on a landing approach
* No other aircraft crew reported seeing anything. There was no radar image of the object. ASA staff saw nothing on radar
* It definitely went past the aircraft on the left hand side
* The pilot undertook a voluntary drug, urine test upon landing
* He has no idea what it was, and didn’t want it to happen again
*There were 53 passengers on board at the time
So, what’s going on above Perth? A secret military operation, a civilian running an illegal operation? Or something from out of this world?
We’ll keep an eye on this story.