The pilot of a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) plane reportedly sighted a mysterious object in the sky last month. The aircraft, a CC-177 Globemaster III, is believed to have averted a mid-air collision.
On 30 July, two pilots reported that they saw a “bright green object” in the Canadian airspace, which “flew into a cloud and disappeared over the eastern part of the country”.
The two airplanes, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft which flew from CFB Trenton airbase in Ontario to Cologne in Germany, and a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight KLM618 which transited from Boston to Amsterdam, reported the sighting of this unidentified object, according to Interesting Engineering.
According to a report on the Canadian government’s Flight Incident website, there was no negative impact on the operations of the two flights. Aviation and shipping researcher, Steffan Watkins, said in his tweet that the RCAF airplane, a CC-177 Globemaster III, made a steep climb of 1000 feet (300 m) after it saw the unidentified object, indicating the plane avoided a potential collision.
“Yes, I know [the UFO sighting] would have been at the early stage of the Perseid meteor shower, but don’t be a buzzkill”, he said in a reply to his tweet. “So, I would like to know if the [Royal Canadian Air Force] pilot changed course to avoid it, changed course to see what it was, or if the swerve-like course correction was completely routine and just a coincidence”, Watkins added.
Watkins also said that the UFO could be a meteor as the incident occurred during the initial days of the Perseid meteor shower, which started on July 14 and had its peak this week. A Royal Canadian Air Force spokesperson confirmed the UFO sighting to DailyMail.com.
“The crew saw something in the air, and reported it to NAV Canada as per standard procedure, before carrying on with their mission without further incident”, he said in an email. “While it is not known what they saw, there was nothing to indicate that it posed any kind of security concern or posed a safety risk to the aircraft”, he said.
— Steffan Watkins 📡✈️ (@steffanwatkins) August 12, 2021
Nick Pope, a UFO investigator for Britain’s Ministry of Defense, said in an email to DailyMail.com that “This Canadian incident case is fascinating, not least for the light it sheds on how sightings are categorized not as UFOs, but as aviation occurrences”.
“Part of this stems from historical reluctance on the part of pilots – civil and military – to report UFOs”, he added. “Instead, these objects are described in terms of unidentified aircraft or drones, as potential air safety issues. What this means is that one has to trawl through all sorts of aviation occurrence reports and then read between the lines to find details of possible UFO encounters,” Pope said.
The incident was first reported by Vice News. It said the US Department of Defense keeps a track of UFO sightings, however, its neighbour, Canada does not monitor these. To this, a Canadian official, the country is “acutely aware of these incidents”.
US Task Force On UFOs
According to a report published by EurAsian Times in July, the US Department of Defence (DoD) established an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF) on August 14, 2020.
“The Department of the Navy, under the cognizance of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence and Security, will lead the UAPTF,” a DoD release said. This development comes after the US intelligence community delivered an unclassified report on the UFO matter for Congress, detailing a series of mysterious encounters with UFOs.
Earlier in June, CNN reported that members of the US House Intelligence Committee had received a classified briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Navy officials to discuss what some senators termed as a “threat to national security” — Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).
— Written by Kashish Tandon