Frederick Valentich, a low-time Australian pilot flying a rented Cessna 182, vanished in 1978 after reporting an unusual flying object hovering above him. Could Valentich have been abducted by extraterrestrials?
The “Valentich disappearance” is a curious episode in UFOlogy history that has never been adequately explained.
On October 21, 1978, the narrative began in Australia about 7:00 p.m., just after sunset. Frederick “Fred” Valentich, a young man who had departed from Victoria’s Moorabbin airport at 6:19 p.m., was flying over the Bass Strait in a leased single-engine Cessna 182L, headed southeastward to King Island. The Strait is known for its complex and difficult flying conditions, but the skies were clear that evening and the winds were calm on this night. Valentich was eager to arrive at his destination, where he would be greeted by friends eager to dine on fresh seafood at the water’s edge. He radioed Melbourne Air Flight Service and spoke with station controller Steve Robey after what he thought was another aircraft seemed to pass over him.
He reported an unfamiliar flying object moving around him to Air Flight Service. “It seems to be a huge aircraft, with a passenger capacity of less than 5,000… “At least a thousand feet above me, a plane just flew over me.” Valentich stood at an elevation of 4,500 feet. “Right now, it’s heading straight for me from the east… He appears to be engaged in some type of game.”
From that point on, his communication grew increasingly strange. First, he said that the other plane was perfectly still. He went on to say that it was circling over him. He then reported a rough-sounding engine and a loss of transmission, which ended with a loud metallic bang at 7:12 p.m. Valentich and his plane were never discovered.
Theory About UFO/Alien Abduction
Valentich was not only confident of aliens’ existence but was also confident that they would invade Earth shortly. Some feel he was kidnapped after getting too near to the truth. While it may look a little out of this world, eyewitnesses claim that something else was out there the night he vanished. One witness claimed to have seen a weird green light in the sky, similar to the one described by Valentich.
A farmer at Cape Otway, which was along Valentich’s flight route, noticed a flying object hovering over his land the next morning. The object was around 30 metres in diameter and looked to have a little aircraft connected to one side. The linked aeroplane, according to the farmer, was leaking oil. He was so horrified by what he witnessed that he carved the tail number of the plane into one of his tractors so he wouldn’t forget. The number was that of Valentich’s Cessna.
Theory About The Crash
Even the most experienced pilots might become disoriented when flying over water towards the setting sun. Instead of concentrating on important flying operations, he appeared to be preoccupied with fantastical UFO sightings. While the four lights he saw above him may have been from another plane, it’s more probable that they were the lights of Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Antares, a big star.
Valentich resumed circling his plane at some time, according to his broadcast. It’s possible he fell prey to the titled horizon illusion at a bank. He may have got lost and entered a cemetery spiral or even gone inverted as a result of his dizziness. He probably saw his own green light reflected off the lake. Given a Cessna 182’s gravity-fed fuel system, his engine would have been starved of gasoline rapidly, which would explain why his gearbox sounded harsh towards the end.
Truth Behind The Disappearance
Valentich was not abducted by aliens; rather, he was abducted by himself. The farmer’s account, however fascinating, didn’t come to light until 36 years after Valentich vanished. Despite UFOlogists’ greatest efforts, no such farmer has ever been discovered. The eyewitness who claimed to have seen a green light in the sky that night didn’t come forward until after the press had already reported on Valentich’s communication, which mentioned a green light.
Unfortunately, it appears that the plane seen above Cape Otway was not landing, but rather crashing into the nearby waters. Valentich’s fascination with UFOs has just outgrown him. While his plane was never found, an engine cowl flap washed up on Flinders Island in 1983. The part came from a Cessna 182 between a specified range of serial numbers, including the one Valentich was flying that tragic night, according to the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation.