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Documents include: * Chart of the intended flight path * Aircraft data * Flight crew data * Flight data * Meteorological data * A sequence of events * An analysis of the cause * Attachments. The attachments include notes of conversations between Departmental investigators and: * The Moorabbin briefing officer * The person who refuelled VH-DSJ that night * The Departmental OIC, King Island * A cray fisherman from King Island * The mess officer, ATC HQ * An individual who flew VH-DSJ that morning * Valentich's pilot tutor * Valentich's father * Valentich's girlfriend * A close friend of Valentich * An employee of Southern Air Services (SAS - whose aircraft it was) * Four SAS instructors/pilots. The attachments also include: * A radar plot from Melbourne Flight Services * An analysis of the radar returns from that time * Valentich's flight plan * A transcript of recorded communications between DSJ and Melbourne Flight Services which covers a greater time frame than that of the publicly released document from 1982 * A chart showing radio coverage at various heights and various distances from Melbourne * A confidential personal history of Valentich * A summary based on information from the RAAF * Valentich's commercial pilot licence examination details * Details of DSJ's radio equipment * Weather forecasts for the area * Best estimate of weather along the flight path * A report on water samples ex Bass Strait by the Department of Defence Materials Research Laboratories * A specialist report from a doctor on Human Factors Aspects * A report on an aircraft towing a glide near Apollo Bay * A UFO report from an individual * A report on a shower of metallic "scintillations" seen in the sky. The report's top page, in section 7, "Opinion as to cause" simply states "Not determined - aircraft missing." The covering "Air Safety Investigation Minute" para 3, states " The Region does not intend to take any further action in this matter unless positive factual evidence is obtained."
You can read the file by:
1. Go to www.naa.gov.au...
2. Click on "search the collection"
3. Click on "begin your search"
4. Up comes "RecordSearch"
5. In the keywords box type the word Valentich
6. Click on search
7. Up comes a list
8. Scroll down to V116/783/1047
9. Click on this entry
10. Click on digital file
11. Up comes the file.
originally posted by: spirit_horse
If I am not mistaken the incident occured not far from Pine Gap, an Echelon signals intelligence station equipped with radar capable of seeing a grapefruit sized object 30,000 miles out into space and is able to tell which direction the object is rotating. They have had inquires about this incident and claim they have no information at all and did not pick up the incident. People familiar with Pine Gap's operations say this is almost impossible given their geospatial intelligence and situational awareness of the entire area. It is believed that they witnessed the incident through their instruments on site and refuse to release any information on the incident.
Rense,com has some photos of the base at this url:
Obviously there are plenty of sites, including ATS that has good information on Pine Gap and their capabilities. I just thought I would add this to the OP's story which I heard of shortly after it happened. It is one of those incidents that I don't like. Taking people at will and not returning them is unsettleing to say the least.
[edit on 12/8/10 by spirit_horse]