posted on Dec, 29 2014 @ 11:02 PM
Sorry for bumping this old thread, but it happens I am just reading this report by R. Haines and it's just extremely interesting. I didn't hear
about this case until rather "recently" (eg. some years or so).
I myself don't know about the UFO explanation since some researchers rightfully pointed out that a lot of strange things can happen even to
experienced pilots at night such as disorientation, entering a "death spiral" as they call it without noticing it simply because the mind has no
reference points about position, up, down etc.
But WHAT I know is that some of the debunking "attempts" I found online, most importantly on the CSICop site are outright ridiculous. (The guy who
wrote an article in the style or "Valentich Case Finally Solved", he just concluded that the light(s) had been a combination of Venus, Mars, Mercury
& Antares and the green light was the position light on the plane's wing.)
I found this "explanation" extremely far fetched. I entered data in Stellarium and it's correct that Venus, Mars, Mercury etc. were shining bright
that evening to the W but can for the life of it not see how a pilot or anyone else would mistake them for an UFO.
The "researcher" then said that Venus, Mars, Mercury and Antares formed a "diamond shape" and " ... people just have a tendency to connect dots"
which is also an extreme stretch and rather poor attempt to explain this case. While it may be true that many might mistake Venus etc. for an
UFO...it's still nothing BUT "just another" attempt of explanation and not better than any other theory.
The "researcher" then makes the astonishing statement that the green light was the (right?) position light on the wing.
There is just one problem:
If the green light was one of the plane's lights, it is stationary. It won't move in relation to the pilot, it won't "orbit". It would be there
at the same position at the wing ALL THE TIME throughout the flight.
Implying that a pilot, even a relatively inexperienced pilot with only 150 hrs would mistake the lights of his own plane as UFO seems an extreme far