An Australian witness at Melbourne Airport reported watching “two flying sticks” pass overhead while a New Zealand jetliner was landing, according to testimony in Case 81945 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The incident occurred at 10:37 a.m. on January 10, 2017.
“I would like to report a safety aviation incident,” the witness stated. “I was working on the roof of Flight Data Centre at 31 McGregors Drive Keilor East. At 10:37 a.m. New Zealand jetliner (airbus 330 or similar) passed over me at normal descending height 100-150 meters making normal jet noise. As jet passed over and peak of the noise decreased, I turned my head back to the air conditioner I had been working on. Suddenly jet noise started to increase.”
The witness spent two years working on Tower Control of the fighter jet department in the Air Force and has been in the training fields many times.
“My knowledge about civil and military aviation is much higher than ordinary person.”
The witness became suspicious right away.
The witness described the objects.
“The objects were not steel straight, or cylindrical in shape, and had round edges. Noise was like from the jet flying over, but not full throttle. I looked around. Sky was clear. No other planes around. I made good visual contact for 15-20 seconds as they passed over. Noise gradually disappeared.”
The witness attempted to see where the objects had gone.
“I went up to the higher roof level, but could not see where it flew after. I am declaring that I am a normal person in absolutely normal mental state and abovementioned had happened. Also, I do understand that this might be a kind of new technology that might be highly classified, but which I very much doubt as it was too close to civil commercial aircraft and was dangerous. The pilots on this New Zealand flight also might have seen it as they had been on a similar attitude, on a head-on course. Also, it might have been recorded on close approach radar if there is a practice to keep records for some time. (It was such a practice in Air Force) If any enquiries arise, you welcome to contact me. I was so shocked that I did not even think to use my mobile.”
MUFON Australian Director Roger Stankovic investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown.
Stankovic reached out to the Noise Complaints and Information Service Manager Ruth Jost at Airservices Australia.
“Thank you for advising us of the unidentified flying object sighting,” Jost stated in her reply. “There were a number of aircraft in the area at that time including a light aircraft conducting an aerial survey in a tight grid formation and as it would have been visible from the location you describe. This is the most likely explanation. Air traffic control have no record of any unidentified traffic.”
Stankovic did not agree with the conclusion.
“I am not convinced of the explanation given by the NCIS as light aircraft in tight grid formation would not explain what the witness had seen. I am convinced that the witness is not fabricating this account and that he is a credible witness. Case disposition: Unknown.”
This case was reported to MUFON on February 6, 2017. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as man-made or Mother Nature. The above quotes were edited for clarity.