I've got a wacky idea for you:
It all strikes me as a bit odd really, the way he described what was happening, the fact that he didn't file a flight plan, something he usually
always did - I think when someone acts out of the ordinary and does / doesn't do things that they usually would / wouldn't do, then it starts the
alarm bells ringing, and of course he didn't file the flight plan well before the UFO appeared, but why go to such an elaborate length, & for what
He was only 20 & wasn't in trouble with the Police, so it's a bit daft to suggest he made himself disappear because he was involved in drug
smuggling (& I can't see that drug smugglers would swallow that story if he were in trouble with them), but it does seem like the object was to
excuse the disappearance of FV, so how about ......
Suppose that FV had met a sticky end before the plane even took off, suppose he was murdered or killed in an accident - the person/people responsible
would need to explain what happened to him, or his sudden disappearance, unless FV appeared to conveniently and rather neatly disappeared in front of
witnesses, so a plane crash/disappearance would be ideal since no body would be found.
If someone other than FV took out his plane, they wouldn't be able to file a flight plan, since FV would be known to the people who its filed with,
explaining why on this 1 occassion no flight plan was filed.
They would need to also disappear the plane, since actually crashing it on land or at sea would potentially kill the real pilot, and also wreckage
couldn't be found without a body, and so they would have to pretend that it had crashed, and it would have to be at sea.
However, it still is a problem that wreckage might be expected to be found, so how to come up with a story that makes it seem that the plane has just
disappeared, along with FV too, getting rid of the problem of FV, the problem of no wreckage, & letting them walk away scott free? - the UFO idea is
So they fly the plane out, but head off in a totally different direction to where they are supposed to be, and make some radio calls about a UFO. Then
they land the plane somewhere else & dispose of it somehow - maybe it got chopped up in a scrap yard somewhere, or maybe they found somewhere deserted
to land it before floating it out to sea.
Maybe it never even took off in the first place (since it never appeared on radar at any time), or maybe I've been watching too much Columbo