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Valentich Disappearance 1978  
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

Not to bring up the whole UFO lore thing again, but I recently came across this story again and was captivated. I'm pretty skeptical of most things but there's a lot of stuff that just doesn't add up to an easy explanation in this guy's case. Any Aussies want to comment?

Unsolved Mysteries segment on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct9yIz7USAk

The long and short of it - a guy rents a plane in 1978 for a short cross-country flight, reports an unusual aircraft to ATC along the way, and after 10 minutes or so disappears from radar, while over water. He is apparently somewhat frantic according to the controller involved and the transcript reflects his increasing distress. He describes an aircraft with a green light pacing his C-172 and eyewitnesses apparently also came forward describing a green light in the area near Valentich's aircraft, some three years before the official report was released containing the ATC transcripts.

What the hell happened to this guy? Occam's razor tells me he must have faked his own death, as witness accounts don't seem to account for a loss of control / disorientation incident. Interesting.




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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

A bit off topic but there are some really interesting and bizarre mysteries out there. Here's a link to Wikipedia articles about some interesting ones. You can spend hours researching some of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Mysteries


A particularly interesting and mysterious case I've been following for a while:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Maura_Murray


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Hmm, the guy had a puff or two, encountered St Elmo's fire, freaked out and forgot about flying the plane. It seems they didnt actually send any divers into the water, its probably down there though in little pieces and he was shark food.

As for the eyewitnesses, I guess they saw the St Elmo's fire too.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 2):
Hmm, the guy had a puff or two, encountered St Elmo's fire, freaked out and forgot about flying the plane.

I don't find St. Elmo's fire to be a plausible explanation, especially considering it is whitish-blue or violet and certainly never green. St. Elmo's fire is also not capable of movement over distance and would clearly be emanating from the aircraft structure, propeller radius, etc.



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1629 times:
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Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
there are some really interesting and bizarre mysteries out there

One of my favorites is the missing B-25 in Pittsburgh.

http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/transportation/a/b25_bomber.htm

My dad remembers when this event happened and he and his dad went by the area where the they were looking for the plane. My dad later worked at J & L Steel, which was nearby the crash site, and many workers there eye witnesses to the crash. Dad said it was a popular topic of conversation in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 60s.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

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That's a great story, but how does it help to explain what happened to Mr. Valentich??



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 5):
That's a great story, but how does it help to explain what happened to Mr. Valentich??

It doesn't. That's why its a mystery.


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