A trained and experienced pilot mistakes the planet Venus for another aircraft? Unlikely. How many times does the average person see the planet
Venus? Can you imagine how many times a single pilot witnesses the planet Venus in a career of flying?
The Air Canada Boeing 767–333 (registration C–GHLQ, serial number 30846) was operating as flight ACA878 from Toronto, Ontario, to Zurich,
Switzerland. Approximately halfway across the Atlantic, during the hours of darkness, the aircraft experienced a 46–second pitch excursion. This
resulted in an altitude deviation of minus 400 feet to plus 400 feet from the assigned altitude of 35 000 feet above sea level. Fourteen passengers
and 2 flight attendants were injured. The seatbelt sign had been selected "on" approximately 40 minutes prior to the pitch excursion. The flight
continued to destination whereupon 7 passengers were sent to hospital and were later released.
A detail of the exact incident...
Over the next minute or so, the captain adjusted the map scale on the ND in order to view the TCAS target 5 and occasionally looked out the
forward windscreen to acquire the aircraft visually. The FO initially mistook the planet Venus for an aircraft but the captain advised again that the
target was at the 12 o'clock position and 1000 feet below. The captain of ACA878 and the oncoming aircraft crew flashed their landing lights. The FO
continued to scan visually for the aircraft. When the FO saw the oncoming aircraft, the FO interpreted its position as being above and descending
towards them. The FO reacted to the perceived imminent collision by pushing forward on the control column. The captain, who was monitoring TCAS target
on the ND, observed the control column moving forward and the altimeter beginning to show a decrease in altitude. The captain immediately disconnected
the autopilot and pulled back on the control column to regain altitude. It was at this time the oncoming aircraft passed beneath ACA878. The TCAS did
not produce a traffic or resolution advisory.
They are blaming his actions on fatigue, etc. Sounds like a cover story to me. He probably saw one of those gigantic, walnut-shaped UFOs that have
been seen in the north Atlantic routes and Arctic routes.
Wikipedia Alaska UFO Incident Entry: en.wikipedia.org...
Where the first objects disappeared, Captain Terauchi now noticed a pale band of light that mirrored their altitude, speed and direction.
Setting their onboard radar scope to a 25 nautical miles (46 km) range, he confirmed an object in the expected 10 o'clock direction at about 7.5 nmi
(13.9 km) distance, and informed ATC of its presence. Anchorage found nothing on their radar, but Elmendorf ROCC, directly in his flight path,
reported a "surge primary return" after some minutes.
As the city lights of Fairbanks began to illuminate the object, captain Terauchi believed to perceive the outline of a gigantic spaceship on his port
side that was "twice the size of an aircraft carrier". It was however outside first officer Tamefuji's field of view. Terauchi immediately
requested a change of course to avoid it. The object however followed him "in formation", or in the same relative position throughout the 45 degree
turn, a descent from 35,000 to 31,000 ft, and a 360 degree loop. The short-range radar at Fairbanks airport however failed to register the
Anchorage ATC offered military intervention, which was declined by the pilot, due to his knowledge of the Mantell incident. The object was not
noted by any of two planes which approached JAL 1628 to confirm its presence, by which time JAL 1628 had also lost sight of it. JAL 1628 arrived
safely in Anchorage at 18:20.
This sighting was widely covered on several documentaries on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and possibly others in shows such as UFO
Hunters, UFO Files, etc. In these shows, the “mother ship” was described as enormous (as in a mile wide/diameter) and shaped something like a
slightly flattened walnut, a detail not covered in the Wikipedia article for some reason. In fact, Wikipedia is known for downplaying details in
“fringe” topic items.
Whatever happened during the Air Canada incident will be a mystery on official records, as it was explained away as a mistaken planet Venus. In
reality, it probably was something far more mysterious as to warrant such a quick cover-up.
NOTE: Do not step into the pitfall of Occam’s Razor, which states that the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one, for just because an
explanation is simple does not necessarily mean it is true, and just because an explanation seems outlandish or complex does not mean that it is not
the correct one.
Also, do not step into the pitfall of “keep it simple, stupid,” a.k.a. KISS. These mindsets are what people in power, TPTB, want the masses to
religiously believe in. They don’t want you/us thinking outside the box. They want to control your perceptions and interpretations of reality by
luring you into the dance of those who ridicule unconventional thought.
All of this being said, the Air Canada incident seems more like a cover story about something *no one* wants to officially talk about, namely how the
flight almost collided with a UFO. The presence of an USAF C-17 only 1,000 feet below the aircraft is highly suspect (that a military aircraft would
be in such close proximity to this incident when practically the ENTIRE SKY is available in the north Atlantic at night). Thoughts?
edit on 17-4-2012 by GhostLancer because: Typo