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The pilot obtained a Class Four instrument rating on 11 May 1978 and he was therefore authorised to operate at night in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). On the afternoon of 21 October 197 8 he attended the Moorabbin Briefing Office, obtained a meteorological briefing and, at 1723 hours, submitted a flight plan for a night VMC flight from Moorabbin to King I sland and return. The cruising altitude nominated in the flight plan was below 5000 feet, with estimated time intervals of 41 minutes to Cape Otway and 28 minutes from Cape Otway to King Island. The total fuel endurance was shown as 300 minutes. The pilot made no arrangements for aerodrome lighting to be illuminated for his arrival at King Island. He advised the briefing officer and the operator's representative that he was uplifting friends at King Island and took four life jackets in the aircraft with him. The aircraft was refuelled to capacity at 1810 hours and departed Moor:ibbin at 1819 hours. MOOr departure the pilot established two-way radio communications with Melbourne Flight Service Unit (FSU). The pilot reported Cape Otway ·at 1900 hours and the next transmission received from the aircraft was at 1906:14 hours. The following communications bet ween the ai rcraf t and Mel bourne FSU were recorded from this time: (Note: The word/ words in brackets are open to other interpretations.) TIME

FROM

TEXT

1906:14

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE this is DELTA SIERRA JULIET is there any lmown traffic below five thousand

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET no lmown traffic

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DELTA llIERRA .;ruLIET I am seems (to) be a large aircraft below five thousand

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D D DELTA SIERRA JULIET what type of aircraft is it

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET I cannot affirm it is four bright it seems to me like landing lights

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

:32

VH- DSJ

MELBOURNE this (is) DELTA SIERRA JULIET the aircraft has just passed over over me at least a thousand feet above

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger and it it is a large aircraft confirm

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er unknown due to the speed it 's travelliog is there any airforce aircraft in the vicinity

:57

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET no known aircraft in the vicinity

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MELBOURNE it's approaching now from due east towards me

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

1907 :04

1908:18 :28

II open microphone for two seconds II

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VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET it seems to me that he's playing some sort of game he's flying over me two three times at a time at speeds I could not identify

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger what is your actual level

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m y level is four and a half thousand four five zero zero

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET and confirm you cannot identify the aircraft

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VH-DSJ

affirmative

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger standby

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VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE DELTA SIERRA JULIET it's not an aircraft it is II open microphone for two seconds II

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE can y ou de s c ribe the er aircraft

1909:52

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET as it's flying past it's a long shape II open microphone for three seconds II (cannot) identify more than (that it has such speed) II open microphone for 3 seconds II before me right now Melbourne

1910:07

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger and how large would the er object be

:20

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE it seems like it's stationary what I'm doing right now is orbiting and the thing is just orbiting on top of me also it's got a green light and sort of metallic (like) it's all shiny (on) the outside

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET

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RELEVANT EVENTS (cont'd)

TIME

TEXT

FROM

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VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET / / open microphone for 5 seconds / / it's just vanished

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE would you know what kind of aircraft I've got is it (a type) military aircraft

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET confirm the er aircraft just vanished

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SAY AGAIN

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET is the aircraft still with you

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VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET (it's ah nor) / / open microphone 2 seconds / / (now) approaching from the southwest

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET the engine is is rough idling I've got it set at twenty three twenty four and the thing is (coughing)

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger what are your intentions

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VH-DSJ

my intentions are ah to go to King Island ah Melbourne that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again / / two seconds open microphone / / it is hovering and it I S not an aircraf t

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

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VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE / / 17 seconds open microphone / /

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1912:04

There is no record of any further transmissions from the aircraft. The weather in the Cape Otway area was clear with a trace of stratocumulus cloud at 5000 to 7000 feet, scattered cirrus cloud at 30000 feet, excellent visibility and light winds. The end of dayli ght at Cape Otway was at 1918 hours . The Alert Phase of SAR procedures was declared at 1912 hours and , at 1933 hours when the aircraft did not arrive at King IsLand, the Distress Phase was declared and search action was commenced. An intensi ve air. sea and land seatch was continued until 25 Octobet 1978, but no trace of the airctaft 'l'as found .

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The pilot obtained a Class Four instrument rating on 11 May 197 B and he was therefore authorised to operate at night in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). On the afternoon of 21 October 1978 he attended the Moorabbin Briefing Office, obtained a meteorological briefing and. at 1723 hours, submitted a flight plan for a night VMC flight from Moorabbin to King I sland and return. The cruising altitude nominated in the flight plan was below 5000 feet, with estimated time intervals of 41 minutes to Cape Otway and 28 minutes from Cape Otway to King Island. The total fuel endurance was shown as 300 minutes. The pilot made no arrangements for aerodrome lighting to be iUuminated for his arrival at King Island. He advised the briefing officer and the operator's representative that he was uplifting friends at King Island and took four life jackets in the aircraft with him. The aircraft was refuelled to capacity at 1810 hours and departed Moor:ibbin at 1819 hours. After departure the pilot established two-way radio communications with Melbourne Flight service Unit (FSU). The pilot reported Cape Otway at 1900 hours and the next transmission received from the aircraft was at 1906:14 hours. The following communications bet ween the aircrlttand Melbourne FSU we re recorded from this time: (Note: The word/ words in brackets are open to other interpretations.) TIME

FROM

TEXT

1906:14

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE this is DELTA SIERRA JULIET is there any known traffic below five thousand

:23

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET no known traffic

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DELTA ;lIERRA ,JULIET I am seems (to) be a large aircraft below five thousand

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FROM

TEXT

:46

FSU

D D DELTA SIERRA JULIET what type of aircraft is it

:50

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET I cannot affirm it is four hright it seems to me like landing lights

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

:32

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE this (is) DELTA SIERRA JULIET the aircraft has just passed over over me at least a thousand feet above

:43

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger and it it is a large aircraft confirm

:47

VH-DSJ

er unknown due to the speed it's travelling is there any airforce aircraft in the vicinity

:57

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET no known aircraft in the vicinity

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE it's approaching now from due east towards me

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET

1907 :04

1908:18 :28

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1909:02

VH-DSJ

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET it seems to me that he's playing some sort of game he's flying over me two three times at a time at speeds I could not identify DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger what is your actual level

:06

VH-DSJ

my level is four and a half thousand four five zero zero

:11

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET and confirm you cannot identify the aircraft

:14

VH-DSJ

affirmative

:18

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger standby

:28

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE DELTA SIERRA JULIET it's not an aircraft it is II open microphone for two seconds II

:46

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE can you des cribe the er aircraft

1909:52

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET as it's flying past it's a long shape II open microphone for three seconds II (cannot) identify more than (that it has such speed) II open microphone for 3 seconds II before me right now Melhourne

1910:07

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger and how large would the er object be

:20

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE it seems like it's stationary what I'm doing right now is orbiting and the thing is just orbiting on top of me also it's got a green light and sort of metallic (like) it's all shiny (on) the outside

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET


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TIME

TEXT

FROM

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VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET / / open microphone for 5 seconds / / it's just vanished

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE would you know what kind of aircraft I've got is it (a type) military aircraft

:08

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET confirm the er aircraft just vanished

:14

VH-DSJ

SAY AGAIN

:17

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET is the aircraft still with you

:23

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET (it's ah nor) / / open microphone 2 seconds / / (now) approaching from the southwest

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET the engine is is rough idling I've got it set at twenty three twenty four and the thing is (coughing)

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger what are your intentions

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my intentions are ah to go to King Island ah Melbourne that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again / / two seconds open microphone / / it is hovering and it I S not an aircraf t

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FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

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VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE / / 17 seconds open microphone / /

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE

1911 :03

1912:04

There is no record of any further transmissions from the aircraft. The weather in the Cape Otway area was clear with a trace of stratocumulus cloud at 5000 to 7000 feet, scattered cirrus cl oud at 30000 feet, excellent visibility and light winds. The e nd of daylight at Cape Otway was at 1918 hours. The Alert Phase of SAR procedures was declared at 1912 hours and, at 1933 hours when the aircraft did not arrive at King Island. the Distress Phase was declared and search action was commenced . An intensive air. sea and land search was continued until 25 October 1978. but no trace of the aircraft ,짜as found .

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The reason for the disappearance of the aircraft has not heen determined.

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I refer to your letter 6 July 1983 where you discuss aircraft parts washed ashore on Flinders Island . Examination of our records of near bottom currents at the Kingfish B 0 0 site (38 36 ' S, 148 11'E) showed unusually large currents on Julian day 81, 1983 (that resulted from a storm) and again on Julian day 96. The bottom currents on day 96 exceeded O. Sm/s when the flow was in an easterly direction (to the east) . Such large currents constitute an unusual event. Our results are stored as 17 minutes average3 and only 2 in 1000 exceed O. Sm/s . Thus it would seem reasonable to speculate that the storm on day 96 induced large bottom currents over much of eastern Bass Strait and moved your aircraft parts towards Flinders Island. More usual currents could then have completed the process of washing the components ashore . If I can be of any further assistance please feel free to contact me on (02) 322211 .

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Recently a piece of an aircraft was found washed ashore on the west coast of Flinders Island (Tas). It was found on the beach at Parry's Bay. opposite the northern end of F11n1ie~ Island Aerodrome. The date of finding was 15 Ilay 1983 . and there is reason to believe the piece had not been on the beach more than a few days. The part has been identified as hav1n8 come from a Cessna 182 aircraft between a certain range of serial rrumbers. The part is an engine cowl flap, for control of airflow ewer the engine. It is 300cmt long by 210mm wide, and 40mm at its deepest pOint. It had two side panels when first found. The piece was onCII white (acrylic paint). and is made of aluminium composition. now greatly eroded. The operating bolt. of steel, while heavily co=oded. appeare to have failed on impact or in flight (i.e. not by co=osion). A Cessna 182 aircraft on a flight from 1I00rabbin to King Island last reported poSition a t Cape Otway, Victoria. at 1900 hours EST on 21 October 1978. The serial mnnber of this aircraft fails wi thin the range of serial mnnbera appl icable to the part found. From previous knowledge of aircraft parts "walking" across the floor of tidal lakes and rivers. it is wondered if such a piece as described oould travel from an area between Cape Otway and the northern tip of King Island. or from a position near the described a. under the influence of ocean cu=ents. While it is not unknown for the oow1 flap to separate from the aircraft in flight, to our knowledge there have been no recent cases in the Viotoria/ Taaman1a area, and no wreckage of aircraft have been dumped at sea to our knowledGe, nor are other Cessna aircraft missing in the waters of Bass Strait. Any information you could pass concerning the likelihood of this particular item being able to "travel" , ewer a period of olose to 5 years, would be a step toward solving the mystery of the disappearance of this aircraft and its sole occupant, and~a1d to its loca tion.

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A ,roup iJf Melbourne busin.ssmen .ay they are only weeks away from finding the wreckage of the mysterious Valentich plane. They say it is among four light planes lying in a boomerang pattern on the ocean bed just'off Cape Otway. "Remarkabl" -all with in &

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short distance of each oth.r." the ,roup', spokesnu n, Mr Ron Cameron. said today. " A .trong ,wimmer

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penden t 111m producer, of Springvale, and the otberl

plan a u.lvl.lt opera tlcn early next year. The rauID, of the

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pendent fUm producer. of

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Court la3t night iNued a wa.rrant tor the aTreat of S inclair after he failed to appear before tne court to face tne appeal deciIton. The court allo ord....s thot bll 542.000 boll be forfeited. Sinclafr. a former 1Jdner buatne&sman, was arrested in Banakok in OCtober. It'III with two

be worthwhile an4 very revealinc:' ...- Camen>n Ald.

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Department ot Transport "had been ,u,ld of . ute1r plaDi. \ V \ t~"""""-Discutalons also had. been held. with Frederlclt Valenttch', ta.ther. Guido. Mr Valenttcb haa traveiled troI\1.., h.4a Avondale Helghtl ~me . to Cape 'lie IUr'S '/1). next Otway evvY lear . ince lday. be. had a hurt hill 2o-year-ol son c1\s~ and a stroke all appeared on OCtober 21. le past t!\'e years, he's Ina. ! deaf and he's juat Mr Valen tich and h is : tou,r years in a Thai tam ily believe Frederick m," he said . ,,'as attacked and captured by a lien being.s In a

,p;ote5t.ea his lnno:e. was later found not .J on app51 and reo ~ !rom the. T h at m In May. ~a. pf'OISeC'Ution aple.j relattve said Mr lllI"s condition wu 1

FAILED

tee Mr Sincla\r tailed ppear at t he appeal Ing the judge said a -ant would be sent to T 11 a i Embassy In >erra tor a ppropria te F. action to be t aken .uatralta. Ie judge said he ,,'as ring the a rrest bee S inclair "has the ltion ot tlecing.... trom justice. (t the relat ive. who Je4 today to be nam;ald Sinclair .was not led about the threat

UFO .

Be t .. een 7.06 p.m. a nd

7.12 p.m. young Frederick Valenllch sparked one of

the "orld's grea test avia tion mysterlel with & sh ort radio messa,e just before he vanished. He told of stranle metaJUc objects hovering over h im . orbitlnl and following h im. Outside omc ial G ov ernment InvesU,ators. Mr From BOB M acDONALD Valentlch l.s the only person to have been a 1lowed NEW YORK, W.d. to listen to tha.t me.558a:e. - Convicted h it- man

of judge murder

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atradltion, .• -. a I procedures The Department of seem to rule out. and NASA ever being extra - Transoort omclals have Investl,ated t.." he said . the dlsa.ppearance. ~ whUe a book ,\\'TltSinclair, "Kingdom The report saya the ona .... was released youn, p ilot's blue and white sw,le - enrtned he ClarIDa he WII C~sn.a. crashed and sank ctlm ot corrupt somewhere tn BaSI Strait. metals and overMr Cameron sa.ld. de .. Australian law tailed charts were now ment omcers on betni dra.\\,(l up by a local h e was certain waa seaman who satd. he had "~term i ned witch- seen tbe planes. The .sea.man would na,,1 .. clatm,. 'he ... 8.1 jn a "web ot de- gate the boat to be used for tile salvaae o~raUOlh and corruption, "We don't know yet no esCape." exactly how deep the planes t.re In the water. but I understand we will have to use a divine bell." Mr Cameron sa td. Re said be allO had III the Br itlsh·ru~~ seen photographs said to .nee and on the Brit., have been taken ot the laflliand . F planes. I sides ot the . They were now tn • witb the Irish Be· America. e.,: police bunted & . One, accordJn, to the ey believe 1.S ma.- man uk1 to have taken Inl an INLA on- them, had the same ?talkl ngs and color ot "foe Valentlch Cessna. ~s and ports were The door,! were said to ~ "ate.hed In a bid to )rfl any new bombing be closed , and no' body ~srnatlon cam- Could be seen In.lde the l.. In. British ciUes. cockpit.

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Charles Harrel.OII was found guilty today of the murder of "M~ximum

John."

"Maximum J ohn"

wu Texan JUdge Joh n ·Wood, who earned the nickname tor his record of tough sentences In dru&, cases. A jury . agreed that H~rrerso n took $250,000 to shoot. the judge for gambler Jimmy Chagra, who was tacin, trial bet ore Judge Wood on cirug

charees. Harrelson, 44. "'ho al ieaedly boasted that he "never killed a person

woo wu undeserving of it," showed no enlotion at

the verdict wh ich could I carry two Ute sentences. He plans to appeal and told reporten: "This is just a necessary step in the' progression ot things."

WIFE WU~,

Jo Ann Starr, 41, and Chagra 's wite E~beth, 28, were tound IUllty ot conspiracy. ChaITa , 39, already on'~n~3esOO for His


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11r Guido Valentich (GMH, Tel . 647 2343) telephoned 0900 15/12/82 to advise that a l1r Ronald Cameron a freelance cameramen , of 7 Roul ston Court , Noble Park telephone 795 0538 , had spoken to him.

2 The subject was the identification and raising of C182 VH- DSJ , in which Nr Valenti ch ' s son went missing in October 1978. The cameraman claimed to l1r Valenti ch "they" had pinpointed three aircraft wrecks "in the area" - presumably between Cape Otway and King Island - about 5 miles apart . "They" intended to identify which aircraft was DSJ and to raise it , having obtained a salvage licence , as all the aircraft were a " certain distance away from the coast". 3 Apparently a story will appear in the Hera ld tonight or tomorrow night containing speculation that the aircraft had $300 , 000 on board, Possibly the idea of the article was to obtain sponsorship for the lifting project .

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cause him concern.

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Please find attached an Aircraft Accident Investigation S\lI:lIIIS.17 Report covering the disappearance of Cessna 182 L aircraft VlI-DSJ' , when piloted by rlr Frederick Valentich, on the nie;ht of 21 Octcber 1976. II per normal procedure . a copy of the report has been given to the airoraft owner. and operator. and to the father ot the missing pilot.

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Please find attached an A1rcra!t ccident Investigation Summary Report, touching on the disappearance ot Cessna 182 L aircraft VH-::lSJ. of which you wore the reGistered owner at the time of the disappearance . Copies of the report are bein8 made available to the operator, ot the pilot, as per normal procedure.

the Coronor, and the father

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Dear Mr Valentioh , Please find attached an Airora.f't oldent Inv stigation S1lIIII:IarY Report , covering the disappearnnce ot Cessna 182 L airora.f't , VH- DSJ which your 80n was pUoting at the tice. th

Copiea 01' the report are beil1G made aVailable to the operator, owner of the aircraft , and to the Coroner, as per normal procedure. Yours tai thf'ully,

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ACCIDENT INVOLVING MISSING AIRCRAFT VH- DSJ ON 21 OCTOBER 1978

Arising from the investigation of this occurrence, an Aircraft Accident Investigation Summary Report has been produced and approved for release . Copies of the Summary Report are attached and should be provided to the aircraft owner , the operator , the father of the missing pilot and the Coroner.

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The pilot obtained a Class Four instrument rating on 11 May 19n and he was therefor,: authorised to operate at night in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). On the afternoon of 21 October 1978 he attended tbe Moorabbin Briefing Office, obtained a meteorological briefing and. at 1723 hours, submitted a flight plan for a night VMC flight from Moorabbin to King Island and return. The cruising altitude nominated in the flight plan was below 5000 feet, with estimated time intervals of 41 minutes to Cape Otway and 28 minutes from Cape Otway to King Island. The total fuel endurance was shown as 300 minutes. The pilot made no arrangements for aerodrome lighting to be illuminated for his arrival at King Island. He advised the briefing officer and the operator's repre sentative that he was uplifting friends at King Island and took four life jackets in the aircraft with him. The aircraft was refue lled to capacity at 1810 hours and departed Moorabbin at 1819 hours. After departure the pilot established two-way radio communications with Melbourne Flight Service Unit (FSU). The pilot reported Cape Otway ·at 1900 hours and the next transmission received from the aircraft was at 1906:14 hours. The following communications bet ween the a i rcra t and Mel bourne FSU were recorded from this time: (Note: The word/words In brackets are open to other Interpretations.) TEXT

TIME

FROM

1906:14

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE this is DELTA SIERRA JULIET is there any known traffic below five thousand

:23

FSU

DELTA SIERRA J ULIET no known traffiC

:26

VH-DSJ

DELTA llIERRA JULIET I am seems (to) be a large aircraft below five thousand

,

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6. RELEVANT EVENTS (cont'd) TIME

TEXT

FROM

:46

FSU

D D DELTA SIERRA JULIET wbat type of aircraft is it

:50

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET I cannot affirm it is four brigbt it seems to me like landing ligbts

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

:32

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE this (is) DELTA SIERRA JULIET the aircraft has just passed over over me at least a thousand feet above

:43

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger and it it is a large aircraft confirm

:47

VH-DSJ

1907:04

er unknown due to the speed it's travelling is there any airforce aircraft in the vicinity

:57 1908:18 :28

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET no known aircraft in the vicinity

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE it's approaching now from due east towards me

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET / / open micropbone for two seconds / /

:42

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET it seems to me that be's playing some sort of game be's flying over me two tbree times at a time at speeds I could not identify

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger wbat is your actual level

:06

VH-DSJ

my level is four and a half thousand four five zero zero

:11

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET and confirm you cannot identify the aircraft

:14

VH-DSJ

affirmative

:18

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger standby

:28

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE DELTA SIERRA JULIET it's not an aircraft it is / / open microphone for two seconds / /

:46

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE can you describe the er aircraft

1909:52

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET as it's flying past it's a long sbape / / open microphone for three seconds / / (cannot) identify more than (that it bas sucb speed) / / open microphone for 3 seconds / / before me right now Melbourne

1910:07

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger and bow large would the er object be

:20

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA ,rULIET MELBOURNE it seems like it's stationary wbat I'm doing rlgbt now is orbiting and the tbing is just orbiting on top of me also it's got a green IIgbt and sort of metallic (like) it's all shiny (on) tbe outside

:43

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

:49

1909:02


â&#x20AC;˘ ~ELEVANT

TIME

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EVENTS (cont'd)

FROM

TEXT

:48

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET // open microphone for 5 seconds // it's just vanished

:57

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

VH-DSJ

MELBOURNE would you know what kind of aircraft I've got is it (a type) military aircraft

:08

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET confirm the er aircraft just vanished

:14

VH-DSJ

SAY AGAIN

:17

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET is the aircraft still with you

:23

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET (it's ah nor) // open microphone 2 seconds // (now) approaching from the southwest

:37

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

:52

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET the engine is is rough idling I've got it set at twenty three twenty four and the thing is (coughing)

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET roger what are your intentions

:09

VH-DSJ

my intentions are ah to go to King Island ah Melbourne that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again // two seconds open microphone // it is hovering and it ' s not an aircraf t

:22

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET

:28

VH-DSJ

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE // 17 seconds open microphone //

:49

FSU

DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE

1911:03

1912 :04

There is no record of any further transmissions from the aircraft. The weather in the Cape otway area was clear with a trace of stratocumulus cloud at 5000 to 7000 feet, scattered cirrus cloud at 30000 feet, excellent visibility and ligbt winds. The end of dayli ght at Cape Otway was at 1918 hours. The Alert Phase of SAR procedures was declared at 1912 hours and, at 1933 bours when the aircraft oid not arrive at King Island, the Distress Phase was declared and search action was commenced. An intensive air. sea and land seacch was continued until 25 October 1978, but no trace of the aircraft Was fc;>und .

7.

OPINION AS T O CAUSE

The reason for the disappearance of the aircraft has not been determined. \ Do..

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I refer to your letter of 25 December 1981 concerning tho accident to Cesana 182 aircraft VH-DSJ, on 21 October 1978. It is confirmed that thin Depar ent is conducting an investigation into the accident undor the provisions of the Air Navigation Regulations. The fUndamental objective of our accident investigation activity is the prevention of accidents in the future. It is not the purpose of this activity to determine or a pportion blame or liability, nor are the investigatiOns conducted with a view to the needs of potential l1ticante or other partiea havina interosts outside the accident prevention objective. It is considered that the interests of parties concerned with matters other than accident prevontion can be adequately served b.Y their normal ability to obtain access to witnesses and b.Y COnDultation with expert opinion available outslde the Department. Nevertheless, it is our praotice, at the conclusion of the investigation of a significant accident or where an investigation brings to light inforoation oonsidered to have safety education value, to produce en Aircraft Acoident Investigation Summary Report and make copies available to relevant parties . The decision ae to whether or not a summary report will be produced c1>nnot be IIIIlde until ths investigation is co pleted but, at this stage, tho knO'l/Il circumstances 0 1 the aocident to VR- DSJ sllQtBst that produotion of such Ii report, snd release of COllies to parties havina direct concern with the accident, is likely. Because it 18 necessary to ensuro that the technical investiaation is in suffioient depth to satisty the accident prevention objeotive, and because of the OOlllpetin8 d9tllll1ds of subeequent investigations which cannot wai t upon completion of work already in band, it in not unusual for our investigations to be extended over what may appear to be a considerable period of time. 'The investlgation into the aceident to VH-DSJ baa not yet been ooapleted and, at this stage, it is not possible to estiJ:late a eOl!lpletion date with any degree of certainty.

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, / However, please be advised that it is not Departmental pollcy to relesse tranacripts of communications between aircraft and ground stations . Ple se also note there is no unofficial explanation of what happened to the aircraft. The known facts will be included in the report i f the decision is made to release ons. Yours sincerely.

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Re Frederick Valentich

Dear Sir , I am compiling a report on the above named pilot,who as you will be aware disappeared on a routine ~light between Melbourne and King Island in Oct 1978. Your co-operation insofar as I would appreciate an official transcript copy of the conver's ation which occured during that particular flight, between Melbourne flight control and Valentich. I would also appreCiate the official and perhaps un-official explanation of what did happen to Valentich on that particular flight, as was observed by flight controllers on that evening in question. In anticipation of your' co-operation I am respectively , Flying


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.

Date of despatch

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Attached is the report on the investigation of this occurrence 2. Matters arising - The pilot'" unuDUal description of eventa surrounding his night was e 1y accepted by the local neva cedia and 1na.ccurat.. and grossly" ampll...·' d reporta were distributed by news outlets around the world. ITis .1t:med1ate family" were subjeoted to unhealthy presmu'Cs from t ho dia c.nd unscrupulous oharlatSl18 lin i t is DlOst unlikely that the true sreto of tho pilots orrvir=ent an<l personal p1'oblt.1ll8 will aver be known.

?J . The Region does not intend to take e:tr3" rurther aotion in this matter unlcss positive factual BV1dcnce 1s obtained .

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/ 10 / 1981

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u/K

Gilding

LICENCE RESTRICTtON( (spe, f )

Teltlng

1

SImulator

i

!

Command

oemonSlrotlan

Uil.

4

31

I

u/K

~ 1 9 78

For insue Cbs

e

PPL

C

,

u/K

Jnd type

I :

Las f fwO

Ro tary Wing ThiS type of aircraft

No

fI

1 451 0 3

Occupation

F.

VALnITIC11.

FLIGHT CREW DATA

Not/onol"y

rntiDIJ.

C

Unknown r:]NOI .etevont

CONTROL SEAT OC.CUPIED

Fro"t

DUAL CONTROLS AVAILABLE

Elevator

OTHER PILOT

n.

Surname

:It

Rear A·leron

Natlo"aitty

INSTRUMENT RATING

~

~otorc,ofl

hI Class 2nd ATP

A

B

AGRICUL TU RAL RATiNG

Clau 1

Clau 2

TOlol

R Jdder

Throtll.

Lest Iwo yeo'.

Oy" GJ N. U"known

-

Sleefing

Croke.

Dale :;I;.nl;e .xpI,es

Date of bHth

INSTRUCTOR RATING

PILOT EXPERIENCE (hou,.)

Right

1

OccupaHon Ae.oolone

-V

L.h

L (;ence No. and type

nlt,ol$

-

+

Wos pilot weOTlng correct,ve speclocles at I,",e of occ,denl'

Licence endorsed for this olTcroft

0

0 ll

Clo . .

Cloll 2

I

C

I

CI.;; ,

,

~o

doys

~.

Class oS

nltn wn None

, LOsl

Class ..

I

Non.

Unknown Unknown

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE (enter total hours or unknown aga'nst any significan t "ems)

Fixe d Wing

Agfl.:ullural

InSl ..... m.n'

Rotary Wing

Instf".:I,on

Night flying

Clod,ng

Simulator

T ell'ng

Command

ThIS type of aircraft LAST PROFICIENCY CHECK

LICE NCE RESTRICTIONS (speedy

:

Dot. Demonstration

Type

o

Unknown

D

Wos pilot ..... eOf'"9 correct,ve

i spectocles at t'me of occident'

Not relevonl

CONTROL SEAT OCCUPIED

Front

DUAL CONTROLS AVAI LABLE

E levotor

D o.T . 149F (Rev. 8 77)

Reor Aderon

10. A IRCRAFT DATA (Conl'd)

Ler,

R,.h,

Rudder

Throttle

-

11 • F LIGHT CREW DA TA

Dy"D N. Unk"o ..... n

Steering

Brakes


• ~

Fite

V16/70'/104~

12. FLIGHT DATA

I

Page

I

6

FLIGHT PLA N

D

I

None

Lodged at

From

Was approval required

Time fhrsl

r-:oorabbin

D

1723

To

V,o

Hoorabbin

Uoombbin EET (Mins)

lb ourne t Gorvice

T0 tJi~

ru

1930

Facility

.8

VUP IIt.ileO C0I;11A . nP REX:lTR- 5D Emergency equipment (descnbe)

Four

,.,.

4

_

D

D050

Phone

til

Yes IFR

[!]

No

D

NGT VMC

NOSAR

VFR

-

-

C 521A

- - - - --1

ot

e ..

ooI..U

O~

~ Rod,o·Nov. fl DF

Com. Frequencies

o

lind ~ leland

f-::-:-==::_1,...4..:... 7_-+=_ _ _---='..:...OO __+:---:c-___ -.L SARTIME (hrs)

o

No

-- TH;,ght (ft)

Cons. rate

Endurance (Mms)

Cana

Was approval obtaIned

(i]

Ves

13. METEOROLOGICAL DATA METEOROLOGICAL BRIEFING (attach

n

[ 1None In person

n

COP)

of forecast if relevanJ} Other (describe)

Route forecast

I oorabbin Driefi 01'fie

Termmal forecast

[

By telephone

~

Area forecast

METEOROLOGICAL COND I TIONS A T ACCIDENT SITE Ace1 Base a.m.s.l.

Cloud amount{type

Visibility kilometres

.1t. not known. Wind velocity [1 Day D N'ght t

[,1

o

Dawn

Temperature

"C

Dusk

14. LOAD DATA AIACAAFTWEIGHT (kg) Take off Londing ._...... • ....... ~ ~J 11~:~/uL----~ 1~~/tO~__i Weight (kg) How established

O ____

Flight crew (No.

-

Front ra.ce or firewall (Dtc ~.on 0 .0)

LIMITS r-________

Aircraft basic weight {Includes empty weight. oil and removable equIpment}

--

AIPCP,\FT CENTRE OF GRAVITV Datum

Forward

47

LIMITS [ )

775

I---

Pilot

,Medical 197

Passengers (No.

X

-1--

lIot

Freight (Pieces or Hopper contents Fuel (lIt res)

X

I

elt

222. 6

last take off

1052 . 1

D LJ

r----1 DBtimlltod

Weighed

o

Reported

[ ]

Estimated

Discharge valve position

Fuel/Load deductions

l!ot....

kDc..-.a

Weight at accident

Dump effected ~ Yes _ _ [-) No

-I

~~~

Ii yes, amount (%1 _ _ _ _ _ __

~":""':"'J-

LOADING CONTROL (descflbe briefly unsatisfactory features of loading control such as miscalculations. IncJdequate load secuflry. improperly consigned dangerous goods fltC.)

11/

D.o.T 149G (Rev. 81771

Unknown

Contents (describe)

.knOW)

'10

Unknown

AGRICULTURAL HOPPER LOAD

Load at impact (kg)

Weigh t

,

Posit1on at accident

Bot mow)

d!" aft of

-

Position at ast take off

+------'--'{ f - - - - - -

Baggage IPieces

Aft

12.

FLIGHT DATA

13. MET EORO LOGICA L DATA

14.

LO AD DATA

~


17. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

----to.IARRAT VE

9've

0 ~oncise

v 16/7e~/1047

Page

chronological account of the .seqlJl!'nce of \!'vents

At 172~ hours on 21 October 1970, 1:r. Frederi Valentioh 1 j"ed II tlldlt plllll at Noorabbin Briefing Orrice, for a Pri te 114lht VIlC niGht, in VlI-DSJ , to King Island via Cape Otv.l.y and return to I"oorabbin, at altitude. below 5000 feet . ETlll!oorabbin wa opecified as 1745 hours with estimated time interval. of 41 minute. to Capo Otv.l.y and 20 d.nutes to KinG Island. Fuel enduranoe was show at ~OO minute.. He disOU.Gsed t he weather foreoaats with the lIoorabbin Briefina Officer, but h did not make lIllY requeot for a.erodro l1Ghtill6 to be sw1 tohod on for hi. arrival at KinG Island. It wall eotabl1shed that KinG Island Flil;;ht Service Unit bs.d 010 cd, therefore it would neoe ea.ry to cancsl s..n to I"elbourn fliGht Service by telephone on arrival . £ e told the Briefin(; Otficor he \/all soin(; to KinG bland to pi up soncure, he wall not certain ot how many, but would telephone I:elbourne FliGht Service with his mn K1n6 bland and detail. of pa8sen..,ers and SAR wato!l before leaviDc Xi Island. At 1010 hours the a1rcra.tt w ref'u lled to capacity. T;,e!lot did not leave tho a1rcraft duri116 ref'uellina and the ~t eparted loorabbin at 1819 hOlU."EI . redio oa:JllWlications re then establ1 eel with lbourne Flight S rvice 0 were responsible for ms.1nta1 niIllJ a cocmunicationa and SAR wtch on the aircra.f"t dur1nc the course of its tl1{lht . At 1900129 hours the pilot of VH- DSJ reported pOSition ao Capo 01;wa;y o.nd at 1906114 hours the pilot asked lelbourne Flight S8l."Vic for known tra.ffic below 5000 feet . He we told there was no known tra.f'f1c . The pilot then proceeded to deocribe in detail th various manoeuvres otapparently another a1rcra.f't 0<::" fly!IlB device operat1nc in clooe vicinity to his &.1rcra.f't. Dur1.nG the course of his description he stated his altitude to be 4500 feet and at 1911152 hours he reported that the ne1ne of VIl J wa running rough but he intended to continue to Kinz Island. l.elbourne Flight Service d cl.u;oed thit lert I'll e and initiated action to recall a Xi Island Flight Service officer to duty Illld activate King Isllllld 1 irport ru noy Procedure • • At 1912128 hours cOtrmlllic tiona frOI:l VH ceaoed abruptly and no fUrther oornmun1oationo were ceived. The Dis ss Phase WU8 declared at 19~~ hours w. en the aircra.f't failed to arrive at Kine Islcnd and an extensive und sea and air search \/:lI!I immediately initiated. The sear action was term.inD.ted at 1900 hours on 25 Ootober 1978, atter divers Illld widespread search eftorts tailed to locate any wre ' e or information ot t he whereabouts of the a1rora.f't Illld i ts oooupan.·~ •

.... DoT

149K Rev 8 171

17

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS


i8 . ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSE

F de

16/78~/1047

JUSTIFICATION (stote" co~cjsf!ly the reasons underlying the opinions described in Section 7 or this report, and indicate why this Opinion IS pre (erred to the possible alternotlves.)

~e available evidence indicateo that the pilot, Frederick Valentich waa rapidly runn.int" out of t:lJ:io. e had t old hie f&l:lily , girlfriend and ll.Ileociatee, t.ha.t he only had one subjeot left to paBe to caJ.n his COIllIaOreial Pilot licence and he was currently go1ncr to instructional claooes twice a week to otudy that subject. His f a t h cr was asoist1ncr him finLlnoially to obtain hie co rein! licence .

~e

names of the sround trainJ.nc orcaniBa tiOnB he

wall

ttend.J.nc

re not

e otabliahod. On two oc July

10n0 be sat for and failed all f ive CPL aubjects and durinc

1976. oat for three CPL subjectll and fo.iled 'em.

etrated Sydney Control Zone during a night in July 1970. and lie ht..d ior to t:...1e n1eht he received a oounoeUing letter from the lew South Valee Rec!cn . ~t

Prior to this flight , Valent10h bad cade known hill intention to ny to I, inc Ioland for COI:le time and it was £,enerally belioved by hio family. girlfriend and e iI:J:led1ate acquaintances that the purpooe of the niaht was to bring ba.ck craytio!l. However, he told the (;perator and the r-Ioorabbin Briefinc OUicer that the purpooe of the night was to brin(t paBIIOlIu"'ers . 'i'here waa no evidonce of any pasoenc ro at King IelDnd va.i ting for h1Ja to pi u..,. Nor did he have any orders for crayfillh other than one cre,yfiah, from a ber of the Air Tro.ininc Corpo . ne did not ord r cre,yf1ah Kin(t IlIland prior to the flicht and as i t happened at t time , no cr~111h were available at Kin;; leland. t he could not n e told his girlfriend he would meat her at 19~ hours, poos1bly keep . He told hi s f a ther he would be home after return from King Island .

Ue did not reql.~p.ot aerodrane liGhtinG at King 101 for hie arrival. bIlt he waa awore that Kil:Ic leland Flit;bt Service Unit bad closed. It ee possible t.ha.t he may not have had any intention of proceeding to King Ioland. lliB girlfriend has etated that he perspired protusely iind d in any Ullolqitlcted or out of tho ordinary oi tuo.tion.

B V

ice

It particularly noticed while monitoring the, recorded oommunicat10nB oontaininG his detailed deocr1ption of the other veh1cleo manoeuvrea that hi. voice rO!lIII.in d ' matter of fact ' and compl etely nomal. If it had boon the pllot' o int tion to dioappear , a rnmIber of dirootions of travel were open to lim to maintain communioationo for tho period he did w,l1lo operating below 5000 feet . (See VHF Coverage Chart , Paee ). owever. it i unlikely t'lBt II oh a d t would hav been available to him and hill poooible tracking directions would be limited to own cove~ c.rec.a . ad the n .1t proceeded as planned and the o.irorcl't did crasll i nto tho o a it is moot probable that wreaka{,'W woul d lulve boen siGhted. ~e aircro.ft disap ed WitO'.1t traco and no wre wae 100 ted or info~tion reco1ved concerninc tho wer abouto of t 1e aircraft and i til oocupant . It thorofore ie not poooible to detcr..l1.ne the cD.Ulle of the disap arance but it so ::!8 likely t:mt tho aircraft did not cmah in the aoa between Cape ot\ola¥ and Kill;> !Bland.

D .o.T. 149L (Rev . 877)

18. ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSE


19. ACCIDEIH PREVENTION (Desc"be the lessons to be learned Irom thIs occIdent

II/A

20. ATTACHMENT CHECK LIST

,

W""e~u sta lement (No .••..•..•...... ...... )

~

f'ltljlht plan

Invesllgo lo,', note, (No . ... •...••... .....• l

[i"

Meteolologl

T fansc" pi of communIcations

00

D.o. T 22S

01 ,eporlS

n

1"\

:l

O.o.T

0

Au topsy report

o.T, 461

'62

~---------------------------------~~--------Speclol epart (de,crlbe) Other (describe)

I,at orolocical :~i s - R.. . .;i t1bbs \later/Oil Sample Analysis - h . A. CUIlII!11na, Department ot netence

adar Aspects - r1 . J . Harwood Human Factors Aspect s - Dr . D. J . I:a.hony, :1llIlF \

21. PARTICIPATION IN THE INVESTIGATION

1--_______~ Nom~._ _ _ _ _ _ _+ _____.....!.A'_'f_"f,e.I'_',oe.t""o"'n_ _ _ _ _ _ _ P. G. S. G. A. G. J . C. I . S.

Graham Spinks lID.rris Sondaroook Smith

Wreckogtl> sec..,,, I,. prOVided by

Inveat1(;Qtor in Cbarce

j

,'DSiBt1Il8 Iuvsoticator in Charc;e as reqt.i.red.

DOle!t""e of orr,vol (loc~l)

rIA

22. INVESTIGATION RESPONSIBI LITY Name of

H,cer ,esponslble

l eS .

mrrm

D.o.T. 149M ,R.v 8 '77)

Des

,at

Ae,J . S .t . 19. ACCIDENT PREVENTION - 22 .INVESTIGATION RESPONSIBILITY

Dole

12. 10 . 61


INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE S ... b ject

, 21

!lISSIIJG AIRCMFT , VII

~

1970

Dln:gy Uor;an, Drie/inC C/noar, Iloorabbin 1.

2.

,.

0G<Jll iB in Air

know Valenti

Arrived brief'1ng o!tice o.t 5. 15 BPr=x1mately. (a)

ther enrOIlte for ..jv!.c. ITe didn' t !mow about n/ requ1racente . 1:0 II£ked i f scattered SC at 3000 wall OK,

(b)

no request for lid'ltB , and

( 0)

goiDg

to pi u'!l pallBODGCrB and he didn' t lmow how amy. auld r:tn.:l UL \lith details o! l'GD and s.'IR K. I .

Valenti

4. 110 5.

'l'ru.1n1ncr Corp BO e

im)

ap

K. I .

rc

He

to be in norcal f'raoe o! DinIl.

~

-auld a.dviBe IlL

.1.

s.Jl to K. I . Hocnn a.sl:od i f K. I . WtIII open. SAn wauld be to IlL 111 phone.

ince oloaoc1 he told Valenti

6. Did noth1llc about lid'lts and didn' t diSCUSB ll(lbtB with Valenti

thBt

VBlentioh

did not mention lid'lts .

7.

Aftor Valenti SD.W VBlentioh Valenti •

6.

l'erBona.l.ly he conuidera VBlenti wauld be maturity. Uosn' t exceptional in en:! •

9.

Dooon' t lmow oontact.

10.

left, Hogan \/Bllt for a drive around the ta.znnc and t.b1nJrn he W "';mD to Sohutt's • Ue i not sure that it WBB

taz:rina

~:'lt

llll

his dri'llld.na end amok 1 "6 hab1tu wora .

110 cention of UFOa .

24. 10 . 78

D .. .T . 1572 (Re •. 3/7 7)

ttV11n'e1CO pilot and o! avo

INVESTIGATOR ' S NOTE

110 olose sooial


IHVESTIGA TOR'S HOTE Subject

IlXlRtlll:lIN REroELLIDG

E=c'l'ytJOIl3

90-6709

VJl-:ooJ

\1Q.S

refuelled on 21 . 10. 70 nt 18 10 by Ron Tyvon. 247 lltreo ot 60/87 1 litre 011 YOIID(! c.hIl.p 118 p110t dld not

Fllled to briI:l. 1r:::lodiately - Qnw no no:re.

t out of aircra.1't.

Left

Jet f"uel 10 kept in quarnnt1ne 00 lt has to be unlocked. lIe used same tanIror to refuel rJBZry ot! er a1:rcmft in lOUD t! e h ou:rs DO no ohance ot incorrect tuel. S . A. S .

Log Dook

e of Fllfiht

Return Fll';'lt

Mte:r the p110t obtains his licence he o=ot leave hill log book a t S . S . Told S •• S . he WC.8 pioldng up three pasocnco:rs but they believe he \1Q.S cettiDa ~f1eh . N. . S . S . do not allow orayfloh t o be carr10d in their a.lrcro.f't. ' ot

BU1'O

but t 'li nlm

BEe

night probably 80 that no

one would 8 e the c:raya.

11c.va1de

AllF VTIF IIF.

P . G'MIW.J nlV'~TIG.u.TOR

D.o .T . 1572 (Rev . 3/ 77 )

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE


• F i l.

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

I:rssnn

110tes of a oomrornat1

V 16/10,/1041

C!lALT. V;;- reJ : 21

ccoro:r::.n

1910

with the O. I . C. Kine Isllwd on 24. 10. 10 (Ilr1an

Joneo) . ,,.

WllB

on duty from 00(>0-1500 on Saturdai1.

At 1500 he put a. 0104inc request to IlL FS. statina liGhts out no plamled fi1BIlts due and no requeat far 118l1ts. ue

WB.II

a1.rcra.f't

pulled out o.f the BOlt olub by the tIL SOC about 19. 15 after t::le Cl'l61lla bleoa.

repartad

n e put tho air.field liGhts on a t 19 . '5 . At t:le BOlle t1Dt hill /Wsis t. Groeoe S • had juet arrived t o also liGttll on for a de~ Cosana. 402 a.1rcra.ft. 1 C'l' which had been hold Oellu'"9l."B .

put up for

W ",-:C'l' w.s then uoed for a qui search tho IslOlld vith GraeClO ::; as an obsorver from 20. 00 t o 20. 25. Uothlna oiGlted. '.:eathcr abeolutsly cletn' with unlimi d visibil1ty.

vr--?llI1 arrived at abrut 1800 hourll with a bond and waa due to de 0,00 1::.).11 next nomine. They have an nt wl 0 has a y far the liahts .

t a.bout

VI! Illl w.s u:Jed far a. quio search a t 1000 fee t a t 20 . 00 houro to 20. 55 h ouro with Dr1Gl1 Jaues /W an observer. C uld 000 the Clio Otw¥ 11811to !laMina from the liGtthouoe u well as all t he Island liGhts . oellent visibil1ty wi a 010 Bk;y. lTo oloud and very otarry. , .any f'io!11na boats around t ho IlIlIwd had t:loir 11ChtD on and oould be 0 n for miles. T·~.

nornoJ. oyotDn f or 118l1tD iB for either the pilot or for F11Ght Sorvice There had been no requeot for liGhts .

to r ina up boforel=d and book t heo.

to tho 0"J."&Y f1lsho~ and none WOl.'9 ordered f'or • t niGlt . y lu:.d Bold OIlt in the u.f'ternocn and did not 1 any loft.

as IlpoI.en

In f'

t

'l'! 0 pilot had not booked int o the I.otel. '1' ey do not reoocn1a

t he

~

of' t.: e pilot lNt the a.1rcraf't hila beo

to Unc Island before.

1. .G. p_,", ..IS

nrv...... IG..ron

O ... .T . 1572 (R•• . 3/77)

INVEST IGATOR ' S NOTE

dO\lIl


INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

F II .

V116/78'3/1047

S"b ie c t

m . C. P. MY : KIln ISLAllD

I

I

HOWII IIIBdIl f'ollovin(; a phone diBOUDBion with llr. Cl1f'f' P . ~t Co ora;y f'111'~erman/kelp f'a.rt!ler of' King IBlImd on 24. 10. 78 (004!62-1 426j . -

ne ill not ~ f'ishing until ncrl week.

-

LalIt

-

Cannot remember \!ho he oellll ora.ye to and the

-

lTo phone oall tram Valenti o%'dering Cr:liY8 and i f he no cra.ye available from him.

-

UJIUBUal for one to expect O1'dBred there would be no

nt ora;y f iBh1.n6 June

t

78.

~

natle

at t!1at t1mo of

oblllll1.

A. G. 11l.R!.IS

nlV..STIG.\TOO

D.D.T. P2/ '572

INVESTIGA TOR ' S NOTE

Valentich means not41n/!.

~t

but if' they had been


â&#x20AC;˘

Fd.

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

V 16/70,/1047

I

Kevin l;ocro.wley, I!ess Officer, ATe nQ n ess ,20-'704

llooe

458-111 9

I BpoM to Iir . E.. :cCrawley on 24. 10. 76 ooncerning t he 1'8 t troc 1.1'. G. Valenti , (father ot the BSina pilot ) , that hio eon \/WI co1n8 to K1ns leland t o piok u lobaterll tor the IceB. "'e t old me that the .ese had not ordered lIllY oro,ya, however, J:lEIbe rD<f have Jllllde private ~nte and he woul.d check it out t ni Ght . I:r. licCravley phoned toda.v and stated that 5 jLdr Grandy had ordered a i t Frederi did CO t o King leland but there had not been lIllY other fim ordera .

I . 5 . SllITll lllvlS'l'IGlJ.TOR

D.O.T. P2/ 1572

INVEST IGATOR 'S NOTE


INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

Poge

15

Subject

COllVEflSlTIOlT

Vince Alfanao

( '0").

-

-

new VII- roJ

on

~1I

vnICE

5a~

ft T''''''','''.,O

21 . 10. 78.

n.

works aa

for "chut

Carried aut a Daily lnepaotion before 6. 00 a . m.

ent on night 1 henoh I

a.t 6 . 10 a .m.

are

-

A1rcraf't performed

-

There wa a bit of a 11:1811 from heater C idored norcal .

-

On W3

-

, tor landing the oap wa aut of t.he tank Olld ~ on tho chain. lie re ted it to S .S . but didn' t enter it on lIBintonance release . On 5~ he was at 5 . 5 . di8CUB8iDa thea incident and found aut that the cap hB.d bean repa.ired prior t Valent.ich depe;rting•

t it disappeared after short time .

' from Frer.. Island abaut 10 minutes from III a po.8cen..,,,,r pointed aut f'uel ventinc f'roI:l P.SS .

• • CRI

1

Th'V.cSTIGATOR

Don 50wan i8 eokin6 to find aut i t cap hD.d boen repaired prior to Valontich departing.

D.D.T. P2I'572

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE


INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

Subject

Oil Slick Sample

-

Flah1ng boat from Apollo llay delayed. '111 not be able to rendwouz with \,'ill thorofore not

:mow

.

. F . a.1rc:mf't until e.ttcr lunch.

i f 88I:lple poaBible until later toda,y.

A. G. l.t S III Vill.. l GJ:.OOn

D.D.T. P2/ 1572

INVESTIGATOR ' S NOTE


V1 ~ 6)78~/1047

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

I

Po,.

Sub je ct

ClIP.M.nl E

-

• Bt!...TUU:!l : 25 . 10. 78

Edwin Rober Ba:rnec, Captain on G159 with Associated Airlines.

_ Also .\TO RAAF a.."ld therefore tho c ontact tbr ouah Sqn !.dr. Grandy. -

Instructed Fred in llav and lI.ircra.ft Porf'oroonce and recent ly . __"T .

-

l1evor nsw with Fred.

-

Didn' t drink =00.

-

Raa lIeen Fred ant;rY

ineorrect

f'roD XI and sup

en he caz::e

sOlUy approc.ch the

run,~ .

-

Rred was quiet unt il h. &'Ot to know y

-

Imprellsion - Fred woul d have had a heal tlv approncil to ny1nc! - no IIh ort til .

-

UFO ' II - novor ment ioned.

-

Fred had ment ioned his he lic opter ride a t

t Sale .

P. GnA..iAI1

nWFSTIGATOR

D.D.T. P2/ 1572

INVEST IGATOR'S NOTE

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CP.fJ'l' : V'i:-:ooJ : 21 OCT

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dur1na a preHn1nnr,y c mve1'8l1tlon with I:r. Guido Valentich.

1Is the fathor of l.r. Frederl Valontlcb . Ue v11J!- d Ilr . G do Valenti thio ofnce on 25 . 10. 18 tor the purpooe of hoa:rina the ta recorcl.1na concorniug the miooina a1rQ.ro.f't ViI in order Identti'y his son' s voi ce . The tollowing noteo wore J:lIIde durin,:; b'8llII1'al. convoraation with I.r. Valenti • -

Frederick

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Diaposala i'1rn a t rloonae Ponda.

f or an

attondinG lecturos for CClIIJI:lC1"C1al PUot -eteorolOGY.

Those lectures

\Jere conducted at Esoendon Airport on Tuel!l~ nights I'.nd f'rcrl 1, 1100 hours :ruT on Snturda;y o.fternoons at lloorabbin. He did not know the orcan1sation

or lcoturer. n Prlday n1~lt 20 . 10 . 18 Fredorl ' had retired about 22,0 haura ~ on Saturda;y morn1llg 21 . 10. 18. n e had ton a liGht breakfast or 0 _ juioe, oereal ond oofto 1'1'lor to soinB t.o \lork at Moonee Fonda . '1e would have finished vorl at 1200 hours ,.,"i! and driven to Iloora.bbin to attend th lectures

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at 1,00 \lours probably withO\1t havin/r eaten arq lunch. The 1 ctures were t o f1u111h a.t 1100 hours he cOllB1dero taat aode:r:l would have eaten SOlllO take a~ food a ..cDonal.dB bur:er shop near l.ooro.bbin thio ia hIs naroal practice . ..:Ie recalled that I'roderi wa in norcal sood op1r1ts on Snturd~

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Frederick wc.a a blood 11 . 10. 1£. . Frederi

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own he owed nothing. I.e vas _ill f ther Bisted Freder1ck

t1nanclal.ly \11th hi. fiy1nc.

at home .

Frederick did hio share ot the hOl:lO dutieo .

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There were no probl

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Proderlcl. .$ in 'e Air Tra1n1nc Corp 0.0 a cadet Nld t 'len 0.0 an 1nlItruotor. e appl1Bd for a pooltion as Iln.d10 Tech. in the ~ about 1976 but vas not BUCC osf'ul.

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Fe wonted a ooreer in iation ond sinco he c1soed O\1t tho tinillh hio C rclal. L1conce ond eventually ,,- ot into Airl1nca . 113 0W everyone , including the ••'.F, t.!:at he CCT.lld do 1t.

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Fl.-oderi • alWiYfJ hod the idea i:Ilnt a ople wanted to atop 100 BUCCCo<l.1ng 110 he didn' t discuss hie flying or intentiollfl With 00Il¥0lle. I e just \rontod to ...-ot thrOUGh and ourpr1se fNBr,JOOO b'oJ oIlovina t 1.= that h CCT.lld cctually do it .

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Pxederi \IIlII B t believer in UFO. . e had ved articles and intorma.t1on en UFOs , read "Chariot ot. tho Gada" a.nd other books IlIld vent to see movioo the uubject. .. is interest st=ted wi he 1oIIl8 a t 001 about six yoara 860. Ilia belief beon s recently en he \IIlII allowed to ooc the RAJ ' s confidential t11eo on UFOs at East Sale a.nd at Lavenon. ne \IOUldn' t diacUBS these details with hi. tamily a.o flY were oonfidontial.

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H1s t ther eventually be

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J'reder1

is mother e.y a UFO one n18ht. She called Fred a.nd he SIlW 1t too. It \IIlII a a star, 10188 statiCllDo1'Y tor a while a.nd light, ten t1moo larGer ed ort at a t speed. Th1a hap oned aboct ei~t months 1160. oonvinced that

UJi()8

exioted.

vorr1ed about attack from UFOs end wbe.t t:Jey oould do. s tather 10188 no1:h1rlG they could do a.nd so no point in vorry1n(;.

had told him there

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TI i o t a t her 1. unsure about t Rhonda Rushton (Freder1 ' s girlfriend) had said about t.'tem going out on Saturd.a.Y nioht (21. 10. 78) . ne know Fred going to be heat and thin!:. sOl:lll~ about her state nt 1s tishy but doesn' t know wimt .

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Fred' s 10188 good tor 1mportMt unimportant th1ncs.

tters but he socet1me. overlooked

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... , V..-!.SJ : 21 0C'l'Cl3:::R 1978

1978 t on of 3 llradford Avenue , Prellton (telolilone 411- 2479) Ubll Rhonda ~ we a olooe i'riend ot tho pilot ot C182L, VI:which boroae m1ssina on 21 Coto , 1978 . Sho villited tho Recional. Office and to aDDict in t ho invoct1ctlt ion oonoorn1Ilg tho a.irorart and tl18 posoiblo aoUoM tal.on by tho pilot.

1:1os Rusht on smW she wa " just 17" yea:ra ot , and that alto worked a t 'the lliGl 1 Y. ot 74:511 Gilbert Road, Ronrvoir. She advised she last 8D.W Fred Valent1 on FrIda\Y niGht, 20 Oot o DIOpoBn.)n , 1970, a t about 9 . 00 p. o • .;,w~ , a.ttor he hnd tinished work a t the 139 e Street, IIoonoo Ponda . In their oonversa t1on i t 4JVident t o her that had torGOtten he 00.14 he would take ber out on Satu:rd.a;r Jlid:lt. Tbe torthooc1na fll6ilt to King Island WIllI d1aouooeci, and to.:,'8ther th ey eY'olvod the achedul. ot departure I. oorsbbin 1600, land h ina IlIllllld 1730 , pi up CTa¥tislt, 1 n 1800, land Loorabbin 1930. Au It was a 20 tinute -rive from the airport to s t on e sted Valent10h put hill sood olothes in which to taLe r out, in hiu oar n he le£t haJO early on 5 turda\r.

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(l inee tlle o.1ro t went m1sll1ll8, ISh. hnd oeon the a t llooro.bbin, IllId aware that no olothes were in it. her experience, Valent ich WIllI probably weor1zlC a tri-oolaurod brown and w: ite j r and brown II~ , his UBUIIl. 1'ly1nc 010 ' and IIho believod he would have =r1ed wi th bin 0. bl · , short mino()(lt , very 111m1l.ar to tll0se worn by Rt.; ~ onnel, o.a t 11s his "COod 1 ooot " (his warda) . wall

ts o£ ~ alcmt1oh durin8 tlle dDv 0:1. believed e le£t hana , with out inC brsald'aat, gone t o vo not eaten 'leon, t '.on gone t o tho tut orial olasllell £or h ill C ial ilot Lioanoe , at , oorsbbin, IIlld sta.;rod there (aa lIl,e nov n.w:n'G) t i l n.bout 1700 ll.iT. I,oat bably the pilot en \lent t o l;ac!)onn.ld ' s tn.Le a tood ctore nen.r 5 0 t hllllld, on the I llpeon n~ t o purohsDCt £ood. She belieY'ed 1 11 would have ordered " two Dig t:z:.cs , tva choeoebur(;ers , 0. fillot of £111l1 IIlld lleee chip8" , and tlOot oobly would hnve drank B =ton of Coca.-Cola. he 1

I11ao lluol1ton eo.1d Valentic!l WIllI n. "biG oat er" and that he al~ n.te slouly. and oho boliavod he would have driven to tho b h and s a t in hill c facin(; t h o ooa. while ea t ina. '-04 c oncerninJ Valent i c 1 <lr1n!:1na hab! t . a1:te stated he navor more tim! two alc oholic dr1Dka , usually beer, and a.tt or theae ho reoo.1ned on s o£t drink. She tl en voluntoored t: e 1nfOXl!llltion that llalent1 n • t h1I:Ioell' i~ rUdlt" . ~hat USUAlly 11e 18 choerf'ul , and out\.oardly v r J bapl'Y, but underr..ellth Prida\Y he was not quite in tl .e spirit ot th1n;.;a . To l or knowledce 111s healt h waG coed, he didn' t have a. oold or other oinor puyai 1 o.1lnento , and so f n.r Il.II he was _ ,ro.:re he w:l8 not ta.l.:1IIc any Dell' IlIIId1 t!on t or c ocplainte . ~,e only t:11n3 she c ould of er WIllI thn.t I.e WIllI tak1nc Cocwcin capoulos tor a tacial raa' , and t hat he \IQB not t o pc.rtn.l:.o ot dairy producte .

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Conce~ the fiiGlt or 21 Oc ber 1970, Val t1 iul.d not d1ecussed it vith to eny decree but she nov ~ he bad di.acusaed it with her mother, appm:ently while waiting ter at IIcce 0'.... tiDe . '.r'ue Gist or tl.e oonT ~tion bad been tbat he hod earlier 1ntended to take W.II tather on tl.o tlight, that he vue n ot the water" (lor vorda) and that tJ: e "plane 1a an old one" (w.e words) . l110s tee awoore her boyfriend bad made the niGht !!oorabb1n to ~ Isl.an4 betore but Bhe . . . uncertain if e had !'-own the te a t ~lt .

ene strance bad occurred a week earli 19 tllOY _ 1n the bD.bit or celebrating the 1IOIlt.hly emU: or their ceeting aDd tor the tifth anniversary Valenti bad decided to ciVIl her a fr".".,ah1 p r1Jl6. t.ltllOU(;b WIt 11 ot e date ot t11e amiVII (20 Ootober) , dellpite her testo.tions he !lad 1neieted giv1Dg i t to her on 1} Oc ber. .i.e apparently bad told his friends or hill 1ntent to cive her t11e rine. She bad DO explanation ter hill action. illSIWQ hod IIhe now vi Valant1ch before . e oa1d • hD.d tlIIZQ' timee . but never at niGht . notable fiicbt bad been in a CefllJDa a1roratt to 'eV038tle about 10 &GO. ~ tour otller sengerII _ to l1a"... been a t l~oorabbin a t 0400 h • but tlUty had not shown by 0600 houra and Valenti cane wi out tbeI:l. Tle fi!&lt 1I00000Ue. Aero l i = airBtrip) bad been unaventf'Ul. but bad 1 to !ly over 1I0lid olaud f about a hour. Tn tOUlld a hole aDd descended t:.rot.l6h it.

a t plan bad to be subc1ttod at Da.nkstown fer Sne oonsidered t!lat rstum fiiabt to Ioorabb1n, Valantioh bad nown to Da.nkstovn. and entered t!lo "Sydney Restricted Z , 118 told t o do 110 by Sydney" . Valenti 1 hD.d experienced difficulty landing • e t a::.d to Ileveral at e. Tile roas n was t11at t.:lIt " oontr->l 001= locked" . Valontich bad aveated prot'Uaely in tllie e1tuat1on. auch that she UIIed hie handkerchiot mop his brow to ant tllll !Neat blurrinlS hie Tiaial. She sto.tod that t e al~ awe ted w.:.en lIocetllinG unexpected er a little out ot • ordinary occurred and aho wa.a awc.re or the O::m1C8 in her boyfriend t II voice en theee s1tuationa &rOso. Other nisbta she bod J:lIIdo with Valmt1o.h were 1'rCIII .oorabbin to oen4on, by wri0U8 routes , 1I1cbt-GeeiJlB t:le city' a pranfnent te turca . Sha 8Il1d sh. was 1l:Ipros by t Valent1ch lnev or a.irc=tt. and that sho coneidered him to be "a vary good pilot" .

aDd

lIowvver, she was a1ol3rll ot a unwrual habits he had w!l1le ny1nc. Theee ooncerned the use ot the ~o . S' 0 was a\lll.re ; e usually " 011 ed" the cropbona button after tro.nao1tt1ng, and that Ie never put it in tl:1O racl:, but left tho crophone on h1a lap wore, 'beOllWlo ot hie le cctiona. It was somet1l:lo1J activated. ne aleo hod the bit or pol1all1n/r er rubbing the m1 lODe on his jucpor eleeve before using It. She sto.tod Valenti 1 lana le end tllat atter a r10d ot t1l:le it was hie habit t o rsle e t110 t and to puah It rearward , 1oIh1oh eca1n scl»t1mao operated the cdcroph his lap. She was of to:: opinion the nCIBtall.1o noise" t10ned 1n the newpa r c ould been tllll seat al1d1ng rsarword. vi th tho cdcropb.ane tranac1 ttine . naB llwshton had no knowledee or how Valenti 118ed the enc1ne to tly. an aoked . s: 0 t1-en lIoJ.d she oonsidored he was "usually overoauti0U8" . tllll.t 1111 llkoIJ to thlnk t.'W:(;s \/ell sheD.d and be11eved tllat ho Wl.uld have entcr9d the a1roratt \/e~ t!le lite j " t. She oa1d Valent1o.h al~ had a plan to cover poslJible _rCODCiclI , she had trsqu.ently been told v. en !lying t!lat "it ~ coos ~, look fer a stl.-a1Ght roD.d er a lena padd • wi tllout tences" (Valenti

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w01'da) . She said Valentich al~ tilo~t betore he nevcr ted instinctively.

ted , albeit rapid:'.y, he

tter of unidentified tly1JJ8 objeote, then the bjeot ot such I:led1a She advined that when out driv1n6 in the DandenOIlt; RazlBeu on Sunday 15 toller 1978, Valentich had said to her, nit a UFO landed ill front ot now, I would go in it, but never without you" . Other subjects had been disaussed durina t.'1e drive, T1A1nly of social interest, but l'alenti had OOUDented to S0C8 1 en the subjcot of "eve1'"Jbody is out to arab 'tIlI:Jl!IIY - there i8 not enouah lett tor rybody - people would to etarve" . The

O<Ml1'll6'8, waa mised.

,

llios Ruahton waa a.wre Valenti had clippincD on UFO'. but she didn' t intereot on subject. c cmaider him an av:!.d oollector, but juet with an

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The reference to a UFO , on 15 tober waa his only reference to the subject 011 that da,y, and on other ocCllllione such references have been very short and never in BlJif dop •

Asked cone rn1ng his personality, s Ruahton said Valentich held b1 "in It ot hie mind", and that he "held Q8 a list", and he had worked out a solution, he mentally crossed it ott.

wen

n e had lied to her very soon I!of'ter their tint t1n6, that he passed his meteoroloaY subject tor his 0 ial licence, and &fUr f months he bad admitted t o his lis, and that he we re tinG ths subject. said he bad "no-one to t&lk his blClll out withn , but IIIhe he had long with a Robert Barna, about flyinG and ~ proble::llS . m.ss

ton waa t!lanked tor her ass1.stance.

J . C. SAlmmCCCX nw....,. GATOR

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l iioo Rushton W:lB 0 I1Bidored by the imrost1cator to be an honaot and dependable witneos . AltlulI:Gh YOIllIG lShe WI! seen to be a stable perISQIl for h yoars . She 01w1oualy ClU'Od creatly far Valenti and in the time of her e.cqua.1ntanoo w.o proud to be associated with as a pilot and becouoe of his phy8iqlJO and hiD IWsoc1ation with the Viotor111ll " n of the 1r Tra1.n1n/; Co • To IJOCII eztent t hl.o show a I'JGII,IJUJ:e of her beiua 1I:!presB1onable. but not outside her years . The 1mreotlGltor (5ained the 1mpreooion that Valenti bnd oll00ell liios Rusht on carefully. aa s one to diecU88 hill probletJlJ with. s' e being receptive. perlJaPIJ co:re 110 tlJan a girl of 1G-20 yean, 0 I:Ii8ht have rejected hie probl and 1d and pushed llln oaide.

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The 1opreosion that l allS Ru.shton becCI:!.i.DG o,WQ1'O that Valenti " d1fferent" from hor ctiwr J:lo.le acquaintanc IJ and that she WIllI belnlf used WI a pll . OOoed on tho pbraoo used and the tone of lJooe of her 0 til .

J • C. SAlIllEllCOCK llN......"l'IG! To R

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Diocuooion with I;r. GreljOry ReBburn Ilr. burn ill a poraonal friend of lr. Fred Valenti • ""ley 1m been friends tor 80ven or oidlt y.an. 1':r. ReBburn visited Rea10nal Ot1'1cca tor the puxpose of civ1ne ~ ," intorcation an 111'. Valenti • During an intoroal disCUIlei on he ~ tho t olloving int01'Oll.tion.

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?lley hod been in the 'l'rain1nc Corps , tocetl or tor oooe Y.1lrO and both \lore vorJ interested in wea •

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other on

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Fridai'Ja whon they attemlod the -

twice a week. ~ Tra.1ni.II8 Corps .

8 was on

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and

Valenti told him that he had applied to join the R...J' as a1rorow but that he hod not been acooptod bocause 01' inadequate educational quaJ.ific tiono . tor turther education he had tried acain but was stiJl not acceptod. The two \/Ore in O:lmp tOl!ether in Aucust 1918 at .~ Bnst ~. vhen Valenti c on1'1ded knocked by the n. ,F tor . e second t1De . Val

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diGappointed about not

tting into the

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him quite dete=ined to c,et his C roial Filot' s lie airlinos just to Dhow the If,p 0 c ould do it.

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and it hod =de and tly tor the

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Valontioh hod en coin(J 10Ii hi8 cirlfriond tor tive months and they were very cloae . 1:0 had ccnt4' civen her a 1'riendllh1p rinG.

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eabu:m t it would be qui out ot the question that Valenti would c a:r.it suioide or purpclllely tly t!:e tI.1roraf't to a re::IOte 1 t1 to e t a~ from society. Valentich wa tor toe close to his ta.mi4', girlfriend and Menda b c onteI:lplate such tiona . l lr.

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Concern1nc Valonti ' ' 0 ta.mil,r oituation, l ir. Roaburn said he knew Valcntich ' o tatl;er h lpin6 out f1nDncially witl1 his son' s nying and _0 also blew that tIlere hod been a. tami4' ant reo ntly. he did not Imav 1oIha.t tile argunellt was about . Valenti livinG a t home and in (;eneral R burn t..~ouailt tile tamily was very clooe .

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Concerning healt... , to h1e l:nawl Valenti not on 1m;! t= ot 801£ die tion. e!.Cd nuvor knovn him te sutfer f'roD tite or turns, to pass out or ha.ve hall ucinlltiono . Valentich did sutfer f'roc a skin complaint and had been told ~J his doctor not to drink too h milk beoouce 01' this cOtlpla1nt.

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Valenti was very otrict re ~ alc o 01/tly1IJa. e nuv&r took alc oh ol a t all and would never taka any aftor 2000-21 00 houro ot evenina l'1'ior to flying the next da¥. Fe was coot de1'1n1tely not part of the druc seane . 'oaburn c onsidered t'mt Valenti' was t.'le sort ot roon who would CO s t r ai aht to the police i t ho know 01' anyone who en dru,:; •

D.o .T . 1572 (Ro v. 3/ 77)

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that Valenti planned to ny to King leland but he did not t pm.-ticular da;y. ne knew that Valehti vaa 6Cina' t o bring a ~iBh for the OIC or the ir Training Corps (Squadron Grandy) but he bad only found this out eince the aircraft diaappeared. .

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Reaburn know on

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lie had only ever n01m wit. Valenti cn one occaaion and that c opter durina' their camp at t Sale in uguat 1978. ome of I-oncford involved with the Air '.i'rain:ln8 Corps at ..,aet Sale pilots bad takon them up in a helioopter. Valenti bad nown acc ordina' to Reaburn. the pilot said Valentich new it well .

WD.8 aw:1r8

eaburn said he waa aware that Valentio haC. nown ti BY had been in at t Sale. during ueust . (;0 but he oould not &f£ord his ~ of the cost.

vas in a helithe pilots !rom and one of thea

the helicopter and

to lTew:l8tle and

since Reo.burn bad been aaLcd to

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:JBion of Val nticll ' s ci tar waa that he is not prone to His hasty dec1sions or pBlIic. l!e alWiY'S etops and t hinks about tI e situation bofore tak 1D(t any tion. ... ey 1 onoe been lost in • e to ther whilst on an Air Tra.1n1na Corps camp and Valentich had not been the 1I11ghtest bit perturbed about it.

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LOtll he and Valenti believed in UFOe but not to ~ fanatical extent. !i'hrJ had di cusood UFGs and eir beliefs were on the baais that i t people on earth are o pable of 0 .dina' sp8C1t vehioles to liDrll and the moon then why would inhabi tants of another planet not be capable of the aaco thing.

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Re burn w.e sure that Valenti would have been wearing his 11te jacket on tile tr1p to Ii.1na bland . Valenti WIllS not keen about flying over _tar and i t ever he had QlJ;'{ choice in the matter he would fly over land. This vas becaUA Valentich wau not a ocl av1J:sDcr and would bably juat alve up i t he had t o oome down in the

water. -

Reaburn tllouaht that G;;.:as of t e circumBtances were a little s • Valentia:! had arXIIZI...;ed to pi u his eirlhiand a t 7. }o p . • to take h r 01 t but he also told his fa.ther tIlat he would be h i'r0Cl nYina at 10. 00 • • oJ a dual arra:lC •.. t \r.l8 very unc!w.ra.cteristio ot Valenti • yet there vas a olutely no 'Wa:! he c ould pick up hili c1rlhiand at 7. ,0 p . m. I f ever he waa going to be late tor an appointment he would adviBe those concerned by \IIIiY ot a phone call • •ea.burn 'WO.IS aleo wonderinc t Valentich did wi the t1ce between t 1n1all1na 1111 locturs at t:oora.bbin 1700 hours and ta.Un6 ott 1620 hours . e ouaht that ValOlltich IlD\Y have 6Cne to I analw. for e ~ tood vW.ch he did on occaaions .

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Valenti 1 did not ble at all . nor w:;.a he in ~ t inancial bother. to .eaburn' s :e. e !lad no police record or any l robl_ t.'lat would be cauaina' hiln any knowl deep concern. no waa studyina' hard for hi., teorolO6Y' exBIII and 'W8II worried as to whether he uld pass it .

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Valenti joined the Tra.1n1na Corp 8a::8 throes years later than RAburn and did not Let ted beyond Cadet LIlC . eaburn did not considered tl'.!. siGn1tico.ntl nor did he t:u.nk 1 t bothored Valenti' in any WIly .

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Valenti had never spoken to .,0 burn about boiD(t d1eor1entated in an a.1roraft either during s tro.1.n1ng or since he obtained his licence •

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n. D.o.T. 149N (Rev. 8177)

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41

FREDmICK VALC::lTICH - HISTORY

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9 June date of birth

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Keilor Heights High S

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Left school at end of Form Results a t end of Form 4 "Exc llent"

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"Above Ave

Physical Educ ation

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"BoJ ow Avo!: -

4

"

"Average" "Fail"

001

Italian, History, Iletal Wor k "

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li!.ths A,

Geography, English, Science, Graphics ~1aths

B

- (Believed to have been studying for lea.ving Certificate)

- (Believed to havo been studying for ~ -

ving Certificate)

Applied to Test Rein 'c::: - "vory low scores, indica tive low I • • fit for unskill ed work only" .

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Enrolled mITT - electronicD, mathe ph;tsics

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\fithdrew from RlITT in July

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Student Pilot Licence issued

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Solo June

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Theory:::xam result passed "Basic Aeronautical Knowle<!ee" a t third attempt 11 .8.11

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Flie;ht Test result attempt September

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Restricted PPL issued

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P L Theory Exam results

24.2 .11

paased "Restricted Private Pilot" at second

23.9.11

with

51

flying hours

' Nav' passed a t s econd a ttempt

••• /2.


• - 2 -

' Uet' passed at first attempt , rcraft Performance and Op ration' passed at fifth attempt . ' Air Legislation' passed nt third nttempt. -

Cpt Theory Exam results - October 1977 - s nt for and failed 0.11 five exatlll .

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Passed PFL Navigation tect flieht at second attempt 19. 1.78

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PPL Area Restriction lifted 27 . 1.78 at 89 hours

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Cpt Theory

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Class 4 Inctrument Rating i s sued 11 . 5. 78 at 147 hours

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CPL Theory e = results July 1970 - Sat for and failed three exaJ:lB - did not ei t others

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July 1978 involved in tvo inCidents a t 160 hours

results April 1978 - s at for and failed 0.11 five exams

1) Penetration of SY Control Zone due poor navigation. ~1arn1ng

2) -

letter sent to him .

On two occasions deliberately flew into cloud . Prosecution was being considered.

Aircraft VIl-DSJ and pilot disappeared on 21 . 10. 70

Other Poi nts -

Pi l ot log book not found .

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At time of dicappenrance he was worldng as a shop aBoistant but davoting most of his energy to flying .

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As a boy he had been an Air Training Corps cadet.

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In 1977 after he had stnrted f an unpaid civilian helper.

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ITe l ater

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He

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ITe was

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He told ever¥b ody he had pasoed so e CPL t heory exams .

101

\Itl8

well

1ng he returned to the Corps

t aken on with t he rank: of

man .

ought of by friends and o.cqua1ntnnces .

det~rm1ned

to succeed as a pilot.

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:

• VAI:.n."l'IC:I

:

26.1 0 . 78

Ci.rcui t Theory 1 hour :;lectronica 1 hour Electronic Ci.rcu1 ts 1 hour Ilath tios 1 h Pb;yeics 1 hour C()I!I'!!m1 tione and Report 'ri tinG

Subjectel

en 12.1. 77 he w1thdrev from ectroniOIl and Electronic Ci.rcu1tll . en G2. 1.11 he vi thdrew c cmpletely. Reason y en as co oinG COiIIDIIJ:~--cial lind Cemor C iaJ. ? llot Course . Keitor n ights Him Sohool m Deputy

ipal

Fo= 4 in 1914 (Intemed1ate Standard) Left sohool a t Form 4 level in 1914. Results Form 4:

cation

Pb;yeloaJ. ltalSan Geocraphy

''D"

Engl.i

"Pt.11"

ths .A

"Fail"

llatl:a D

.etal

nCR

k

Science

"D"

:I1atory

"C"

Gra

flDrI

A -

Excellent

13

Above ....vo

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"A"

"C" "D"

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diff1cu1 ty in ccmprehena10n

lacka undoratand.ina difficulty with ap

:II

C - Averace D - llelow Av'ez-.~ Fail - Unacceptable t .v.l

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n • oF.

COIlY.IllEtlTIAL RErollT

n.

F . Valent1ch.

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Appliod tar MAP in 1976.

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At time was repoatin6 leavinc.

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loa

pt1tude and Psych. toctod 24. 5. 76.

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l:Jaa cmly interected in being trained aa a Radio Tech.

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Scores on t sta were very low - 1nd1cative ot a low I •• (tailed all teots) .

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Considered t1 t t or

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Dossiers kept tor two :yoa.ra - h1a

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A cocpu.ter printout on him 111 hold by MAP i nto they have on tormal. roquest .

,msJd 1lod

work cmly.

been deotro:yed.

ey would IIUP ly us w1 th what

P . GRIJIAlI

IllVI'OS'UGATOR

D.D.T . P2/ 1572

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6

I--:-c--_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _I_H_V_E_ST_I_G_A_T_O_R'_S_H_O_T_E_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _V .:...1.:c1:..::C!..1-"7,-0=,<'/1 047 1 P ••• Svbl_ c t

CC! l:llCL\L

:n

!LOT LIC ,C::

story ot exwlination

=0

TrW : F. VALI:;TI

til and results ot Frcderi.

ViUentich.

1 ot lIaroh 1910 olled tor all fi.ve C

rci.cU IlUbjectll and Sen1.cr COIDIJerci.iU I'et.

sults - Fa1.1ed all IlUbjects .

2 of July 1978 lled tor llav, r.rtorcllllCe and Eoginell . RellUlts - failed all IlUbjecto • ., of I. overnber 1970 lled Com. Het , l'r1.nclples of Flt and Sen1.or C

D.D.T. P2/1572

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

et .

45


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IlI3Sn r: t.IRClW"l' : VTI-DSV : 21 0C'r0llm 1970

Convcrsa tion 10Ii th Don Sovcan LO{i Book:

Uot at S

.S.

Stmvln.rd:

Unrestricted.

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Failed him f1rBt

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Av e

only.

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OZ

on instruoonta .

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n o mention ot UFOo .

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llot a drinker tbnt he knOVB .

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Financially - ron up trip .

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110

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SeaDed vncue a t ticos.

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Didn' t know him ''lell.

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100 hourly on Frido.Y 20. 10. 76.

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Flown by V. Alfonso on SaturdlJiy 21 . 10. 76 wh o vorl::s a t Sohutte ( Brente) .

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t.o autopilot.

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Singlc 1\DF.

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110 strobe.

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One rotation beacon on tail.

IS

$500 bill but be pa.1d it out before this

Uon ot probl ollllll or disturbanccs .

Payment ot Bill, -

S •.1 . ... . asked him about o.ccount when it V!l.t ~ . ne said hilS pBllsen..,'"erB to SY bad c1von h.1m a l1ttlo mo y ior to night but not all and he 1oIould hnve to ahase it up .

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Uoto:

Only Valentich and c1rlfriend \/8llt .

Iro pass

P . GIWlIiIl nN"....,'£IGf.'i'OR

D.o .T . 1572 (Rev . 3/77)

INVESTIGATOR ' S NOTE

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v,' -

: rurnlo Il(,tr.mlEtlT

Spol;e to r en lJovity and lnotructor, 1.1'. Da;y of Sauthe cotlllUllico.tion equiJD8llt a t 1445 U.J on 2,. 10. 18. -

:roJ

VHF ;p and is

...lentioh

WQ8

oq14l1P8d with a opo

and llNld bold microphone .

not carrying a headsot when he went aut t o t.ae a1.rcratt t auld o='J one .

to departure on this trip and did not hn.ve a bac !'as::;ed to SIGS(B) a t 1500 !ST.

p . Gl" IIIlUI n:v-..!.;·J.'IGl.TOR

D.O.T. P2/ 1572

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Air Re Vl -:roJ

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lor


,

.

.

V1 6110~/1047

INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

Pogc

Svb ,ect

COllVL:RS ' TI oro lll'ill S.AS :rnS'j.T.UCTC.s

ID . I Wl'S

'arran Dunlop -

Valentioh was senaible p1lot.

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Didn' t drink. TO mention o£ drucB .

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110 cention

o~

UFOe •

• llertin Dal. t on

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(~et ,

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I nte:rvsted in

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IIod interv1ew, teate , etc.

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n o drlnL, lII:lOke.

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Got on

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l:evor apoken or UI'Os . 1'0 nent10n or <lru€;B .

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.incere, Dcna1bla. jo~

RJ_

lIB

p1lot .

II w1 tb all.

Rona Corrintrton

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D1d COI:I:lOrcial P1lot Course wi tb h1I:I about Apr1l.

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TIe .

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Full

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Attqt1ng t o jOin RMP 41rcrew. vould have one or 1011e other.

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r e 18 quiet on rirst conto.ct but

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Got on

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Only- bad Com. I1m' to do.

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Didn' t drink or BtlOke.

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110 mention of dr\1OI or UFOs .

d quite IulPP'J ",bout hia future .

or

ent hus .......'"'- naver depressed .

llell

Still do1n8 hia Coanerc1al Licence ao he \I!l.II

quite naturIU atter that .

with people .

Dob I'ope (In Gtructor) Flew wi tb Valen'!;1

an Tuaaday atternoan to ahe

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pilot . Rel",tivo quiet chap.

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VlT- DSJ baa a ..and

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\i

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hi.m on type Vli-

C1 02.

A

eld cicrophone.

n ' t oarryin{; a headset.

I,anted to join P... IF IIo1rcrew. s far

D.O.T. P2/1572

lIB

he

knOVll

h e doesn' t drink,

eke or talte dru[.'a .

S w hi.m juIlt prior t o depurturs and hs soeLBd pc rfcctly sobar and in GOod INVESTIGATOR'S NOTE

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Seclo on No .

SUBJECT

ot c1nd . Took tour 111'e jackets . ne traDe

p10kinB up fr1ends at

I1I111l1d . but oancelled due \:le .

O.o.T. 149N (Rov.

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MISSING AIRCRAFT - VHDSJ - BASS STRAIT 2 1 . 1 0 . 78 On the evening of 21/10/78 a broad ridge of weak gradient extended westward from eastern Bass Strait through southwest Victoria to Adelaide . Conditions were perfect for night flying over Victoria with no more than 2/8 SC 5000/7000 ft and scattered cirrus about 30 , 000 ft . Visibility was excellent at about 30 km and more . Temperatures at 0800Z ranged from 25/27C nort h of the ranges to 21 south of ranges to 17C at Cape Otway and Wilson ' s Promontory and 15C/13C at King and Flinders Is . The lower seaboard t~mperatures indicate a shallow surface inversion below 1 000 ft . This probably accounted for some haziness about Cape Otway . Surface winds were ve r y light being less that 1 0 knots throughout Victoria with slight sea br e ezes about the coastal fringe . State o f sea reported from Cape Otway and Wi l son ' s Pr om . was smooth seas with low swell from the southwest . The oil platform at Kingfish A. reported a calm to rippled sea with a 3 ft south westerly swell. QWH readings ranged from 1022 mb at King S ., 1023 mbs at Flinders Is . and Me l bourne , 1024 mb at Gabo Is . and Wagga to 1021 mb at Mild u ra and 1022 at Mt Gambier . The p r obable winds along the intended route were : AMMB/CTY

1 000 2000 5000 7000 10000

CTY/AMKl

1000 2000 5000 7000 10000

ft ft ft ft ft

VRB 05 020/10 350/10 31 0/1 5 270/20 34 0/10 330 / 15 320/15 310/20 290/25

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0 30/15 050/15 to 10 NSW coast 050/20 to 10 NSW coast

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Western Victoria and SE South Australia : 2000 5000 7000 10000

VRB 10 010/1 5 330/15 300/20

Eastern Victoria : 2000 5000 7000 10000

030/10 340/10 300/15 270/15

Gippsland coast and east Bass Strait : 1000/2000 VRB05 becoming 320/15 toward Flinders Island. 5000 7000 1000

290/15 280/20 270/25

South of Lat . 40S - freshening westerlies : 2000 5000 10000

270/20 to 30 over Tasmania 270/25 to 30 over Tasmania 270/30 to 40 over Hobart

The cloud conditions apart from Tasmanionwest coast was relatively free from low cloud. Some cirrus persisted in most areas and thickened over northwest and mid - north of NSW wrere scattered to broken AcAs developed with base about 12,000 ft .

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KING ISLAND

At 0800 GM T 2 1 ( 10 ( 78 a broa d ridg e of weak gradie nt extended westwar d from eastern Bass Stra i t throug h southwest Victoria toward Adelaide .

1•

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Lat 40 5 Long 1 46,E - Lat : . .. ' 5 Lon g 1 44tE Lat 40+ 5 Long' 144E - Lat 39f 5 I ~- .. 141tE' 2. Conditions were perfect for night flying . Althoug h a trace o f 'stratocum u lus a t 5000(7000 ft and scattered cirrus at 3ooo0f t were reported , no cloud was detectable between the Victorian Ranges an d t h e northern Tasma ni a coas t o n the lnfra re d satellite pict u res at 0600 ~ n d 090 0 GMT . Th ere was no turbulence and visibi l it y was excellen t. An airborne aircraft over King I s . at 1 000 GMT could clear l y see the light from Cape Otway Lighthouse . 3. At 0800 GMT all reported surface winds were less than 10 knots . Cape Otway reported calm . Since light sea-breezes occurred ~lono the coest durino i.he aftprnnon. ~t <~ l~kelv th-t shallow inver;ions of about 2C"below 500 ft siill existed In sonle areas at 0900 GMT: With the onset of nocturnal cooling i t is likely that shallow surface inversions of up to 3C developed below 200 ft over the land and coastal fringe by o90Q GMT . I t ~s ~nnqidp~~d +~,t there were _ surface inversions over the sea bu~ ~ ra~her very ilable , possib l y isothermal layers below 1 000 f t . 4. Laverto n radiosonde at 1 100 GMT indicate d a subsidence inversion of 3 0 C betWEen 7000 ft and 8000 ft . This inversion probably extended sout h to C ~ pe Otway but further south toward King Island , the inversion would be less defined and pcssib ly just an isothermal layer .

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V1l6/783/l047

Water Samples ex Bass Strait The samples were solvent extracted to remove any hydrocarbon-based material. The extracts were then examined by both Gas Chromatography and a combination of this with Mas s Spectrometry. Both samples yie lded very small quantities of hydrocarbon oi l, however the analyses indicated that these were more consistent with bunkering fuel oil than with either gasoline or lubricating oil. The peaks observed fell into a range somewhat between these two materials and hence could not be attributed to either. The difficulty of sampling an oil slick of this nature which heralds its presence with little more than a coloured pattern on the surface is well known. It is an area of activity where undoubtedly some development work would be of value. The only advice that I can offer is a personal belief that a large thin flat sponge floated on the surface of the slick would be better than any scoop arrangement. The sponge or sponges could then be placed immediately into plastic bags for carriage and storage. In this context the sponge could well be a sheet of synthetic mat er i al such as is sold by the Cl ark Rubber Company.

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ASSU Theor etically microwave radiation travels in str a i ght l ines , but in practice , due t o the effects of the atmospher e , refraction occurs causing the rays to be bent downwards so that they fol l ow more cl osely the sur face of the earth . The degr ee of refraction depends on the density of the atmosphere at various l evels . The vital l evel is reached when the cur ve of the ray equals the curvature of the earth so forming what is known as a "radio duct " . Below this l evel , the ray is bent towards the earth , strikes the earth and then is trapped within the dutt causing certain radars to see beyond the geometrical horizon . This is known as anomal ous propogation or super- refraction . This occurs when the upper a ir is unusually warm and dr y compared to the earth ' s surface so favouring the formation of radio ducts . This condition is likely to exist in fine , c l ear , settl ed weather condit i ons . Another phenomenon associated with anomal ous propogation is "second time round returns " which are radar returns received on the second rotation of the aerial head from the first transmission and are of distant objects normall y out of radar range . The notes of the radar controller show typical returns associated with the above phenomena . His remarks in regard to sea returns cannot be substantiated , l ittle is known of effect of sea returns on equipment used by airways operations . It is possibl e that the return noted as a weather return could be a "second time round r etur n" from a geographical feature of Tasmania .

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Frederick V~ lOR (pilot) satisfied the edical requirements for initinl issue of PL on 8 . 2 . 77 when hie we t was recorded as 120 lbs . He cla ed no aeronautic experienoe a t that date . There was no medical history of significance and no licsnce ltmdtationo were imposed. On 21 .1 0 . 78 ,{alentioh vas eng&&-ed in • ni sht V~ fli t from .oorabbin to n& Is18n when he reported that a large oraft with numerous lights was hov rina above him. Trans ssions ceased llhortly afterwards and IlUbsequent calls troJa elbourns FaU were not answered. Despite an extensive searoh neither aircraft or wre c~'8 has been found .

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rederiok was born in Australia of Italian parents from Trieste . Father speaks "fractured" but under tandable &\glish but mother and two younger ohildren speak ish. The l anguage of choice in the home is Itali but Frederick was not fluent and father alw~s correoted ederick ' s spoken Italian which Frederick resented. Frederick was a below average scholar and obtained. poor result in hi8 Laavin& Certifioate •

5 Cat olioi i t e relicion of the r lly but they aN• not regular church,,;oers. Fat her expressod hie disappointment that Frederick only attended churoh at Christmas , oooasions" end he tried to persuade eriok to attend re often. Laster and on "speci Frederick ' s girl friend is a ethodia t . 6 }'rederiok was a very keen ember of t e Air Corps. 'e devoted a great tivitles whic he enjoyed and he was proud to wear the uniform. d al ot time to these had ambitions to become an r Forve pilot but uis educational qualifications preoluded this . He wall at pain to be accepted and respected by his superiors (in t ile TC ) and s peers . Although alw~a appearin& to be above reproach, he had lied to to his father, to his ATe offioers and to hill girl friend about having passed subjeots for his CFl. when he had, in fact , failed . e had al 0 told the owner of the aircraft that , on this last flight , e had arranged to collsct a consi nt of c~fish from King Island and to brinJ back passengers who wers wait for himl neither of which W38 true .

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8 Father was convinced, and rec16ins so according to subsequent medi a publioi ty, tha t hiB Bon was "captured" by a U. F. O and tnat he wouli be retumed when "they" uad finished inveBti~ting him. Frederick showed great interest in O\~B and had a colleotion of booko, artioles and olippings on the subjeot but father did not 1hink t hat his son was as convinced of their exis tence as e h solf was . eee / 2 e

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9 i'rederick' s rl friend sHlll8d to enjoy the pu.blicity limelight surrounding the disappearance . She did not appear to be undul7 concerned and save the impression that she expected to see hill again. She clataed t there vas a pe:manency to her relationship with Frederick and that they had plans for becomin& engaeed . but t'ather dismissed the rela tionhips as being of no oonsequence. In the absence of any further concrete eVidence. one can onlY' 1r\l&1Ist a n 10 of hypotheSis to explain this disappe ce I

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i.lFO intervention - no further co t apart f the observation that there were no sieht1n& reports of a briehtly illumJlJlated craft large enough to take on board a Cesana 182.

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Disort8ntation - at the e and time of the occurrence~ this i8 a dist t possibility and even probabUity. On the other hand, i t would have resulted in uncontrolled Upact vi th the sea one vould have expected vrec~ to result .

(c)

Controlled landing on the Sea with the intention of escapi from the aircraft before i t sank. This could have been successf'ul or not successful . In either case no wreckage would be found and , in the latter event, the body could still be in the aircraft.

(d)

ucc.ssf'ul land1n& elsewhere . Perhaps V&1entioh was not where he said he was and he landed in a remote location.

(e)

Crash elsewhere when attelllpt1n& (d) and the wreckage baa not yet been discovered.

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Phone cap. frail lnapootor Fox, D24 (1~ . ~O) 2~ . 10 .76 . A Sonior Constable Campbell ot Forrest ( C52/~~72) hI.\d a report ot an a1rontt toviDg a glider in the Darwon llovna (Apollo DIq) area a t about 5. 30-6 . 00 p . l:l. on Saturday 21 October.

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A 16·year·old Penguin girl ha. taken a photograph of what .he believes to be an un· Identified flying object over her parent.' home. The girl, MIchelle Dick (]6 ), of Browns Lane, took the photograph at about 2 p.m. on Sunday last month . The coloured photograph shows an oval-shaped object high in the sky above the Dick's home. A ring of light encircles the object. Michelle said yesterday she walch· (I'd the object for about five minutes before taking the photograph.

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sur rounded by a glow. She did not see It go out of sight. "Th e phone rang and when I came back it wa,i gone." Michelle's parents were not home at

neighbours reported seeing anything sirange In the sky , She said people who had seen the photograph believed II could be a U.F .O. "Others think ii 's JUSI a blob on the ... arnera but t Wouldn't take a photogr.::rh of our clothes line and the top of the ho1.i ~." Michelle saId she was sure the ob·

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Vic/Tas Region MISSING AIRCRAFT VH- DSJ BASS STRAIT , 21 OCTOBER 1978

Attached is a copy of a letter received at this office in connection with the issue of a report concerning this occurrence . Also attached is a copy of our reply .

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This is by way of an enquiry as to obtaining t he Department of Transpor~s Repo rt on their investigation into the disappearance of pilot Frederick Valentich on October 21st,1978 over the 8ass St rait. I believe that the accident report has already been released to the public in th e usual booklet form which deals with these events,however t he local Govt.Publications Se ller does not yet have it , so you will appreciate that I am writing to you directly for assistance in this matter . Please notify me as to the costs required to obtain one copy of the Dept.ls report.

In thanking you for your time,I am , sincerely,

Peter G. Keane .


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Dear Sir , Your letter dated 15 May 1980 r equesting a copy of a report of the investigation of the disappearance of Mr . Frederick Valentich on 21 October 1978 over Bass Strait , has been received . The investigation has not yet been completed . In the normal cours e of events a decision as to whether a report will be r eleased will not be made until the investigation has been concluded . Release depends on whe ther the information emerging i s of significance to the accident prevention objective of the Department . The information available to date suggests that the release of an Aircraft Accident Investi gation Summary Report would be unlikely in this case . Nevertheless , your request has been forw arded to the Director Department of Transport , Victoria/Tasmania Region G. P . O. Box 17 33P , Melbourne 3001 , who has the responsibility for the investigati on. Should action be taken to issue a report , he will be in touch with you . Yours f a i thfully ,

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METEOROLOGIC AL CONDITIONS , MOQRA BBIN - CAPE OTWAY OB30/0930 GMT 2 1 /10/197B

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1. At OBOO GMT 21/10/7B a broad ri dge of weak gradient extended westw ar d from eastern Bass Str ait through southwest Victoria toward Adelaide. "

The pressure range wa s.} Me lb ourn e 1023.5 mb, Cape Otway 1 023 . 2 mb and King Is. 1022.6 mb Surface is'otherms; 21掳C Melbourne - Warrnambool 17掳C WilsoO$ Prom - Point Lonsdale - Cape Otway

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2. Conditions were perfect for night flying. Although a trace of 'stratocumulus at 5000/7000 ft and scattered ci rrus at 3000 ft were reported, no cloud was detectable between the Victorian Ranges and the northern Tasmania coast on the infra red satellite pictures at 0600 end 0900 GMT . There was no turbulenc e and visibility was excellent . An airborne aircraft over King Is . at 10 00 GMT could clearly see the light from Cape Otway Lighthouse .

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6. Meteorological balloon flights were carried out at Mt Gambier and Laverton at 3 pm. Both balloons had burst by 06 3 0 GMT . The next balloon flights were not carried out until 1100 GMT.

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MISS I NG AIRCRAFT - VHDSJ - BASS STRAIT 21 . 10 . 78 On the evening of 21/10/78 a broad ridge of weak gradient extended westward from eastern Bass Strait through southwest Victoria to Adelaide . Conditions were perfect for night flying over Victoria with no more than 2/8 SC 5000/7000 ft and scattered cirrus about 30 , 000 ft . Visibility was excellent at about 30 km and more . Temperatures at 0800Z ranged from 25/27C north of the ranges to 21 south of ranges to 17C at Cape Otway and Wilson ' s Promontory and 15C/13C at King and Flinders Is . The lower seaboard t~mperatures indicate a shallow surface inversion below 1000 ft. This probably accounted for some haziness about Cape Otway . Surface winds were very light being less that 10 knots throughout Victoria with slight sea breezes about the coastal fringe . State of sea reported from Cape Otway and Wilson ' s Prom . was smooth seas with low swell from the southwest . The oil platform at Kingfish A. reported a calm to rippled sea with a 3 ft south westerly swell. QWH readings ranged from 1022 mb at King 5 ., 1023 mbs at Flinders Is . and Melbourne, 1024 mb at Gabo Is . and Wagga to 1021 mb at Mildura and 1022 at Mt Gambier. The probable winds along the intended route were : AMMB/CTY

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270/20 to 30 over Tasmania 270/25 to 3D over Tasmania 270/30 to 40 over Hobart

The cloud conditions apart from Tasmanian west coast Was relatively free from low cloud. Some cirrus persisted in most areas and thickened over northwest and mid - north of NSW where scattered to broken AcAs developed with base about 12 . 000 ft .

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without trying to deSCribe what a something is . He put objects in flight under careful surveillance; one could venture that Valentic h was almost scholarly in his visu.1I thinking . OWe recall conversations with him in a flight rOOI7l where. after

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Electrical phenomena, 229, . perhaps. Ball lightning can do strange things. Mirage not . uncommon with storm flare." "Storm flare far off to east, tower. Not vapor trail, either. Holy . . . here it comes from southwestl All shiny and metallic. My God, she comes at me. Electrical stuff doesn't have portholes, Tower. And it's making sharp turn downward at me. Wait ... Iet me - " Silence. "229, come in. 229, answer please." Silence. . "229, what are your

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sighting. he espoused a pol icy of being a 'master of th e possiblc.' I rem e mber his phrase. lly th.1I he meant a possible object in th e sky could turn out to be probable if given assessment from a ll human

resources . " He emphasized he also didn ' t believe putting anything one doesn ' t understand in the crackpot file . It was his belief that sure as hell he didn ' t buy the idea of interplanetary vehicles, but it doesn' t mean proof is lacking. In flight Valentich was committed to a tot a l estimate of the situation . That's why hi s recordings of October 21 , 1976 deserve thorough evaluation." At 7:07 P.M. Valentich had indeed given the situation d total estimation . Throttli'ng down th e . Cessna, he maintained his course but dropped to 3.000 feet. In a flat. expressionless tone. he began his log on the Melbourne tape. "Tower, it is not an aircraft.

UnidC'nt if lC'd vehicle has a Iisht at terminus of upper cylinder Outer pro jection appears to be aluminum or

o lhcr Iisht metal The wirldolws are unmistakable and I see other lights from the interior. windows. some other observa1tioi area . Towe r. it is playing a Able to become stationary whi at height of unmeasureable hig velocity Now it' s flying past at my fu selase on the right and more than 400 feet from my position _"

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course? " " No. it ;, still at my sid e . It can hans motionless ... orbit and under me. Let me los -" " Proceed. 229 ." " WinSless tube she is . Maybe 100 feet long. with a green bla sometimes green vapor. This a torpedo-type shape but so distended it appears to have outline of immense four·pointed star. Repeat again nearest to likeness of a massive cylinder approximately twi ce the si,e of standard 707. or a 8-52 ." "229. you logsed 100 feet in length." " Tower, I log 10n feel "'nHlh

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in danger, 2291 Shall we send pursuitl" "Here he comes from southwestl Passing within 200 feet oller head. Good god, my engine is - (thunderous roar drowns out his words). "Is this Mayday, 2291" "No, he's gone eastward. But engine stalled when he made last pass., .engine .now resumed

okay ... and he's coming right at me again. Please check your traffic scan. You must halle a craft in vicinity."

"Nothing since your first 703 alert. Nothing now. Will order pursuit. .. full scramble to 8 miles oller Bass at 3,000 altitude, correct, 2291 You are surel There's zero pkk-up of another craft anywhere in your area . But there was a noise -" "Unknown craft coming straight at mel He's hOllering . . . it's crazy. There he goes, but I can't lean on his bearing ... Why, he' s vanished."

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"Gone, I log ... no sighting ... I'm alone at three thousand." "What's your intention now,

2291" "My intentions, ah, keep on course to King Island . Do you belielle my log!" "Sure do, we know itJs

Valentich." "Thank you, tower. Am proceeding at speed of 110 at same course mOiling up to four

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thousand. Wait. .. wait. .. engine faltering ... I' lle got rough idling, she may conk . What the helll Oh (deleted) Oh (deleted) she' s coming up from the rear at a tremendous burst ... his green light is all oller here .. .she .. . he ... it. .. it's not aircraft. .. going up to fille thousand . .. six thousand ... Iong wingless metallic tube spouting flame ... I feel scorching ... I feel -" "229, we hear something tearing . .. 2291 229, please reply-" I n the tower at Moorabbin Airport there was only silence. For a moment the air traffic controllers waited, stunned . It seemed unearthly. On their receillers they heard a loud CRUNCH I followed by a second detonating impact. It was the unmistakable screech of metal in collison with metal. "Come in, 2291 Come inl" they repeated, hearing only their own breathing. The radar screen seemed to mock them . The blip that had been Valentich' s plane simply lIanished . The normal order of radar ellidence - blip striking another blip to indicate a two-plane catastrophe - did not appear on the screen. "And he nidn't go downl" cried the chief controller. "That smashing," said the No. 2 man. "Not impact with water, whaU" Later Australian Transport spokesman Ken Williams summed it up in a terse report: "The Cessna was totally alone Oller that sea area . We knew precisely where Valentich had been. It was a clear night. Very ( little wind and no rain or fog. Visual cOllerage for Valentich was clear for a hundred miles in all directions. Assume the highly unlikely situation the radar failed, to pick up a second craft. .. how could Valentrch fail to perceille that craft in perfect weather conditionsl" Ellen as search planes roared . into the night sky armed with exact dati as to Valentich' s last known position, Moorabbin Airport technicians pored oller recent information they had been inclined to disregard. From

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Valentich's last cry of "engine faltering! " was less of an enigma to Australian air control than his disappearance. They no longer 'disregard reports of "spulterings" or " temporary failure " of planes in the lIic inity of UFO sightings ellen though pilots of these planes do not report a UFO encount e r.

A Cillil Alliation spokesman states: " UFOs Oller our territory have been seen in conjunction

with electromagnetic interference, radio blackouts, motor stallings, air ionization and other odd effects . "Validity, some at least, could be gillen to the likelihood of UFOs . Something is hOllering at low altitudes or making lIertical ascents, descents. or orbiting at tremendous speed . It is possible that a UFO requir~s exira power at such times , increasing the

electromagnetic interference. "We relliewed hundreds of cases - not aircraft related and there we re automobile engines stopping for no apparent cause; radio and TV aerials crippled; electric lights halle dimmed or gone out in cities, towns and lIillages. But here's the mystery: the radio on pilot Valentich' s Cessna functioned during close encounter. Indeed, he radioed the object was as near as 400 feet. Why then did his radio perform up to that last second of ' I feel scorchingl' before he was gone from the radar screenl " And here we halle the biggest mystery: if his rad io pprformed. why was there a powerful magnetic force to banish his tormentor from the sc reen?

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material object to be picked up by human instrumentation . vapor. " Nothing can be rep eated for That did it. No exac t study because nothing existed d esc ripti on of Valenti ch' s si~h ting but a force we cannot had been published in the explain ... and the pilot' s Melbourne press, nor had it been compliance with the duties of his broadca st ove r TV o r radio. job . He saw it." Furthe rm ore, Colin M o rgan was a For four days 16 military and parti cul arl y c red ible witness: a private planes roamed over distingui shed member of th e 15,000 squa re miles of open sea . community, assu red ly The distance between Moorabbin levelheaded, th e vice president of Airport and King Island is 130 a bank . " Makin~ a mistake is no t miles . Three of the search c raft my business," Morga n said later. followed the exact course of the Morgan was right. When ai r vanished Cessna, circling .and recontro l sat down wi th him t o circling over a small region where compare its confident i,, 1 taping o f Valentich would have come down Valentich with the banker' s if he crashed . Again, the lost superb re cital, th ey looked at him pilot' s meticulous skill admi ringly . " It was like ho l dln~ a contributed to the precision of mirror up to what the pil o t the three-plane search, crisstogged," sa id a radio man at crossing back and lorth, dipping M oorabbin Airport. I to 150 feet, looking for wreckage, Of all 11 UFO sightings from I anything. Ironically, Valentich' s October 18 to Octobe r 21 reportage on his final location three made by profeSSIOnal pilots was so dependable that searchers _ none waS as accurtlte as the were able to fo cus on the exact desc ript ion given by Morgan few thousand feet of sea . Others had chro nicled a Not a trace:· " puh,ating bo~" or still mOrt ~ On October Hrd - two days v(tguely a "ce lesti dl cra ft" or a later - a search plane spotted an " tr aveling illumination" or a oil slick . It was a small patch, " greenish ferris wheel " These slightly more than 50-by-50-foot. hazy re collec tion s within 50 to A scoopf ul was picked up by a 100 mil es of Valentich's actua l gadget lowered to the sea from a encounter tended to support helicopter. A few fours l ate r a convic ti o ns that there had been Melbourne laboratory positively " une xplained sig htin~s ," as th e identified the fluid as tar • Roy al Air Force put it And th ese discharged by a freighter or some reports had drift ed in bef o re the other sea going vessel. No new S was flashed th at Valenti ch airborne craft cou ld have used it. had disappea red. Shortly after 10 A.M . on Morgan's tlt'position October 24, the telephon e rang in dramati ca lly confirmed what the main office of the Melbourne Valentich l ogged at Moor"bbin Police Department. On the line Airport. It was un ca nny . was bank executive Colin Morgan, " Wh at amazed mp was the 59, of Melbourne. His story timing," M org~ln IOld illtl'rvit'wCf). fascinated th e o ffi ce r who was

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for those who have had contact, directly or indirectly, with UFOs. UFO buffs are knowledgeable about existing data, much of it carefully documented, which gives a full account of domestic animals (horses, cows, sheep) found burned to death after strange flying craft visited the vicinity. . Still unsolved, for example, is the 1967 case of the saddle pony at the Harry King Ranch, San Luis Valley, California, which was literally incinerated (the skeleton had been burned pink) shortly after dozens of witnesses saw a UFO traveling eastward over a mountain while extending antennae toward a pasture. Later, the U.S, Forest Service reported "high radioactivity" sweeping outward some two city blocks from the animals corpse. Similar incidents have been reported elsewhere. In Miami, Florida, State and local police still have no answer to the bizarre "scorches" on the skin of businessman Filiberto Cardenas, 45, who vanished from his car on lanuary 9 this year and was later found , bleeding and seared on a road four miles from where he had been abducted . Three witnesses saw him plucked

upwards by a " huge purple U~U .' Cardenas reported that the hands reaching down for him from the UFO were " hot as a furnace ." There are countless other stories from people burned by a UFO encounter. Valentich's " scorching" experience is taken seriously by investigators, among

them Cornell University scientists. They are still probing the truth, or untruth, of unexplainable " radar emissions from presumably unknown flying craft." Their link with human flesh mutilations defies ana lysis. In Chile, where UFO sightings are numerous, a Santiago team of

physicists offered this 1974 observation: " A strong heating effect from a UFO encounter could be explained as a radar-type emission. In part of the evidence studied there is a possibility tha t a UFO ' heat effect' is also associated with a ' UFO sound.' A certain proportion of reports include testimony of individuals of 'hearing' the approach of a ' UFO before it is seen. This 'sound' has been described as a peculiar buzzing inside the head . We should not discount the stories of individuals, furthermore, who say they felt the extreme heat as some unknown

object descended on them. Natural emissions with extraordinary heat from a UFO bear some similarity to radar signals. "Many radar beams consist of a series of electromagnetic pulses transmitted intermittently. They have a high power of concentration in one direction -

with heat acceleration . When there are strange interactions (a burn or heat laceration not seen previously) the indi vidual who suffers them should be listened to carefully. "A UFO burn could be a reality ... reality leading to a confirmation of a true encounter.

And that high-heat encounter , could destroy its target. " Wa. the searing /ire that enveloped Frederick Valentich's plane so volatile that it ignited the Cessna's metal structure? Could he have vanished as a puff of ash in the wind over the sea? The answer remains to be found .-

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the stamps in Australia. About. $470,000 wort stamps were in the body of the briefcase, A pered outer compartment. without a lock, contained an album full of rare AustraUan issues. Special seals were placed over the two locks for the

main body of the briefcase, but the zipper was not seal. ed.

Customs officials In Perth told the courier If he did not. pay $45,000 duty on the stamps they would not be allowed into the country. The represe'1tative told CUsJ.Oms officials he could not pay the duty and the briefcase was kept at the airport. I With tQe s uitcase inside an airUne safe, the repre· sentatlve contacted his. superiors in London, who told him to make arrange-

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A CLAIRVOYANT claims he has , made contact with a pilot who dJsappeared In October after reporting the presence of an unldenUlied lIylng object,

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5cribed a bright. object flyln, close to his. Cessna. The convenaUon ended with a metallic thud. Since then no trace of pilot or plane has been lound, The missing pilot's tather, Mr Guido ValtnUch. knew of the seance and plan· ned to be hi his son', bedroom at. the time to assist with deep concentratJon, But a mb-up over the time chance between Australia and New Zealand put Mr Val en· Uch in hil son's bedroom' two holUS early. Durine a short ~conYersation" throuch Mr Amery, Valeotich Is said 1.0 have told the seance that 60 seconds of the radio transcript was suppressed and edited out before it was released. The alle,aUon Is in

Ife said the mtsslnC pilot, zo.year-old hederiek VaJentich, reported beln, taken by a community in space and that the reason his aircraft has not been found js that it "disappeared from any physical existence." The. clainoY&l1t. New Zealan.d authorand lecturer Colin Amery, held a special seance at his Dunedin home on Saturday nirhl, exactly six months after Val en· tJ.ch', disappearance over Bass St.ralt. The case inade world beadlines because of a radio messare between ValenUch and air uafflc control In which the pilot de-

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Left 8~sid~$ turbochorging. the A36TC also has a n~w eK{~nded rear comportment (or up to 7Dlb baggage. Below left Deliveries o( the Skipp~r should begin early next year

Prizegiving night at the Royal Aero Club

Turbocharged 1979 Bonanza A NEW turbocharged Bonanza, designated the A36TC, is included in the BeechcraIt line for next year. Certification is expected this month, and deliveries will begin next year. Engine is the 300 h .p. Continental TSI0-520UB, rmsmg maximum certificated altitude to 25,000ft, and gross weight from the A36's 3,600Ib to 3,6501b. Tbe diameter of the standard three-bladed propeller is an inch smaller for reduced tip speed and noise, and for greater ground clearance. The need for cowl flaps is eliminated by a series of louvres and gills, and the beater bas been redesigned and repositioned to cope with the lower temperatures at high altitudes. Standard features on the A36TC, as well as the A36, include a new extended rear oompartment for up to 701b baggage, and a new 15° approach flap setting common to all Bonanzas, identical with that of the Baron models and allowing a maximum extension speed of 152kt. Also offered on al1 1979 Bonanzas is increased oxygen capacity, with the choice of either a 49ftl or 76ft' system. The A36, now in its 11th year, is currently top-selling Bonanza, althougb the V-tailed V35 bas now been going for 32 years and passed the 10,000 mark in 1977. Next year will see the Skipper, Beem's T-tailed two-seater, entering

service in the Beech Aero Club training package system, alongside the Sundowner ISO, retractable Sierra 200 and Duchess twin. The first production prototype Skipper flew in September, and it has since been joined by another for flying towards certification, expected in January. Skipper production bas begun at Beech's Liberal~b ased division , alongside Sundowner, Sierra and Duchess assembly lines. Sixty Duchesses had been delivered up to September 30, with production next year expected to exceed 200. Three have gone to Canada and in September one was flown IS,OOO miles to New Zealand. Beech has developed a multi-engine course to complement Dudless introduction at its laO Aero Clubs. The course oovers complete training for the private and commercial pilot certificates and instrument rating.

Cessna downed by UFO? A FULL-SCALE air and sea search was mounted from Melbourne last week for a Cessna 182 which di.Y appeared after its pilot said he bad buzzed object. Valen~

over tbe Bass Strait wben be told Melbourne air traffic that he saw an object with "four brigbt lights." It initi ally passed about l,OOOft above him, he said, at a speed be oould not esti mate. Valen~ tich wa s at 4,500ft, and no other ail'craIt were r eported in the vicinity.

He later said be was orbiting, and that the object, with "a green light and sort of metallic light on the outside," was orbiting above him. Shortly afterwards be reported his engine was rough-running, and said he was proceeding to King Island with the unkno\\'O aircraft still bovering over him. After what was described as a metallic noise on his transmission., radio oontact was lost. An oil slick was later reported in the area, but was thought to be too widespread to have oome from a light aircrafL

THIS YEAR'S presentation of Royal Aero Club medals by president HRH the Prince of Wales takes place on November 2S at the Royal Automobi1e Club. Awards to be presented include the Britannia Trophy, Silver and Bronze medals, the Prince of Wales Cup, Breguet Tropby, FA! Group Diploma, Tissandier and Montgolfier Diplomas and Nile Gold Medal. The presen tation will be at the RAC's Mountbatten Suite, Pall Mall, London SWI. Ti ckets, at £6'50, are availab1e from the Royal Aero Club Social Secretary, John Morgan, at 47 Cunon Street, London WI.

Development plans under consideration for Kent airfield KENT County Council may develop West MaIling airfield to cater for airtaxi and other types of business and private flying. Leader of the County Council. John Grugeon, stresses that this is only one of the options being oonsidered. Others include housing, industrial and recreational schemes. The Council is still a long way from making any firm decisions, and is keeping in close touch with the local district councils. An aviation consultancy has prepared a full report on the airfield. The Council emphasises that recreational flying, especially training circuits, and scheduled air semces are not included in its plans.

Chipmunk Club's second year THE British-based DHC-I Chipmunk Club has just celebrated its first birthday, and already has some 100 members in Australia, Iceland, Nigeria, North America and Europe. Severa] joined after reading about the club in Flight , and secretary Ralph Steiner writes to welcome other r eaders who may be Chipmunk owners, pilots or simply enthusiasts. Contact him at Soller, Barnet Road, Arkley, Herts_


26 APR 1979

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I refer to your personal. representations on behal.f of Mr Guido Val.entich of 18 Arven Avenue. Avondal.e Heights. whose son

disappeared whilst piloting an aircraft across Bass Strait on 21 October 1978. My Department was, of course, responeible for the search action which took place when it became knOllll that , the aircraft was missing. Additionally, the Air Satety Investigation Branch of my Deparbnent commenced an investigation at that time into the circwnstances which led to the disappearance of the aircraft. This investigation has not yet been completed but, in the absence of any trace of the aircratt or the pilot, it seems unlikely that it will be possible to determine the reason tor the disappearance. Responeibility tor investigation ot reports conoerning -Unidentified Flying Objeotsis that of the Royal Au.tralian Air Foroe and ray Department has liaised with the RAAF conoerning those aspects of the occurrence.

Mr Val.entich had contact with the Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) at Melbourne Airport on each day of the search for the missing aircraft and was given details ot the search action completed and intended. A tew days atter the search was abandoned, he visited the Ree and was given an extensive brieting of the complete search operation. At about thi. tiIIe he also visited the Regional Offioe of my Department to assist the investigation and the responsible air satety investigation offioer advia8d him of the progress of the investigation at that time. Subsequently, he made two further viBits and several. telephone calls to the Regional Oftice for discussions wi th air saf'ety investigation offioers and on each occasion was advised Cif the progress of the investigation. It is understood that he has uso had contact with the RAJ.F concerning the U.F.O. aspects of the occurrence. It is bel.1eved that Mr Valentich has been informed of al.l relevant information known to lilY Department in respect of this unfortunate occurrence and, of course, if any traoe of his son or the missing aircratt is discovered -in the ~ture, he will be informed accordingly. In the meantime, if there is any spacific aspect of the occurrence in respect of which Mr Val.entich requires further information, any request made by him to ay Department will again be treated very sympathetically. Yours sincerely,

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'LE. Dear Mr Keane, In your letter of 12 January you asked several questions about the Cape otway Light and the Cape Wickham Light. The attached sheet tabulates the answers to those questions. Your 10 January letter asks about public access to the file on the missing aircraft, VH-DSJ. The Air Safety Investigation Branch of the Department of Transport is charged with the investigation of occurrences which affect, or could affect, air safety. The purpose of these investigations is to help us all to prevent or avoid air accidents in the future. The material gathered in the course of our investigations is freely given to us on the understanding that we will treat i t as confidential and use i t solely for the purposes of accident prevention. With regard to your other question, please be advised that the investigation into this occurrence is continuing and the Department has not released a report of the investigation. Yours

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Dear Mr Valentich, In your letter of 8 January 1979 you asked me if I could provide you with a copy of the radio transmissions made by your son during the flight which terminated in his disappearance on 21 October 1978. It is the normal policy of this Department to treat all recorded radio communications as confidential. However, in this case, I am very happy to give you a taped copy of your son's voice to have as a keepsake . I would ask you, however, in view of the Department ' s firm policy of confidentiality, to confine the hearing of the tape to your family for the specific purpose stated in your letter. Please accept my sincere wishes that the disappearance of your son will be resolved without further distress to you and your family. Yours faithfully,

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Your letten of the 10th and 12 of January have been received and t loe matters you raised are receiv our ttention .

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This is by way of an enquiry into the mainlight at Cape Otway lighthouse. The purpose of this letter is to obtain any information on the following that you care to release for an investigation into the alleged "UFO " related incident involving the disap earance of the Cessna 182 on Oct . 2Ist: A) 17hat is the exact power output of the Cape Otway light? B) Exactly how far can this light be seen? C) ':/hat are, the colours of the light and the exact duration of its revolutions? D) what is the positi on of the lichthouse/height/width/no.of uindows/ colouring/ etc ? E) l'Ihen does the light begin operation each day? F) Do you have the same information on the above. 5 queries on the <:

Cape Wickham lighthouse, ing Island,and if so could you please supply it? G) Any information that you may deem rel evant to my study. Any

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aspects of the missing pilot incident including the findings on all wreakage and material thought to have come from the missing plane . 1 wish to obtain a chemical analysis of the sample taken;is this available? Similarly, is information on the exact whereabouts of the oilslick found, available'! In hoping that you will assist my enquiries,l thank you.

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Director, Department of Transport, Transport House, 108 Lonsdale Street, MELBOURNE, VIC. 3000 Your Reference :

(Attention:

Mr. I.S . Smith)

V1l6/783/1047 Water Samples ex Bass Strait

The samples were solvent extracted to remove any hydrocarbon-based material . The extracts were then examined by both Gas Chromatography and a combination of this with Mass Spectrometry. Both samples yielded very small quantities of hydrocarbon oil, however the analyses indicated that these were more consistent with bunkering fuel oil than with either gasoline or lubricating oil. The peaks observed fell into a range somewhat between these two materials and hence could not be attributed to either. The difficulty of sampling an oil slick of this nature which heralds its presence with little more than a coloured pattern on the surface is well known. It is an area of activity where undoubtedly some development work would be of value . The only advice that I can offer is a personal belief that a large thin flat sponge floated on the surface of the slick would be better than any scoop arrangement . The sponge or sponges could then be placed immediately into plastic bags for carriage and storage. In this context the sponge could well be a sheet of synthetic material such as is sold by the Clark Rubber Company.

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om. O~3Il~1~~ \In\l '9~ PlOOEOIlRE: Dear Mr. Xeane. The Materials Researoh Laboratorie. anal1sed a water/oil .ample obtai ned trom Bas. Strait at the reque.t ot The Department ot Transport and the'y have reterred ,Your letter to this ottice. It was determined that the oil contained in the water .ample was ruel oil and not ot the t'ype u.ed in the missing aircratt . Yours taithtul11.

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Mr I. Smith Superintendent , Air Safety Investigation Department of Transport 108 Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE. VIC. 3000.

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FRO" HUGHES ASCSI) TO "INISTER C.C. SECRETARY, DEP. SEC. CA.O.) FASCAO) FASCFW) DIRECTOR VIC/TAS DPR ADPR ASCPC) DAILY NOTE "ISSING CESSNA 182 VH-DSJ - BASS STRAIT FOLLOWING INTENDED TO ASSIST IN ANSWERING ANY POSSSIBLE QUESTIONS AND IS SUPPLE"ENTARY TO "Y INITIAL NOTIFICATION OF 23 OCTOBER. •

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"ELBOURNE THIS IS DELTA SIERRA JULIET IS THERE ANY KNOWN TRAFFIC BELOW FIVE THOUSAND

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET NO KNOWN TRAFFIC

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET I A", SEE"S CTO) BE A LARGE AIRCRAFT, BELOW FIVE THOUSAND

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o 0 DELTA SIERRA JULIET WHAT TYPE OF AIRCRAFT IS IT?

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET I CANNOT AFFIR" IT IS FOUR BRIGHT, IT SEE"S TO "E LIKE LANDING LIGHTS

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"ELBOURNE THIS CIS) DELTA SIERRA JULIET THE AIRCRAFT HAS JUST PASSED OVER "E AT LEAST A THOUSAND FEET ABOVE

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET ROGER AND IT IS A LARGE AIRCRAFT CONFIR"ED?

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ER UNKNOWN, DUE TO THE SPEED ITS TRAVELLING IS THERE ANY AIRFORCE AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY?

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET NO KNOWN AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY

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"ELBOURNE ITS APPROACHING NOW FRO" DUE EAST TOWARDS "E

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ER UNKNOWN. DUE TO THE SPEED ITS TRAVELLIN6 IS THERE ANY AIRFORCE AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY?

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET NO KNOWN AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY

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MELBOURNE ITS APPROACHING NOW FROM DUE EAST TOWARDS ME

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET IT SEEMS TO ME THAT HE'S FLYING OVER ME TWO THREE TIMES AT A TIME AT SPEEDS I COULD NOT IDENTIFY

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET ROGER WHAT IS YOUR ACTUAL LEVEL

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MELBOURNE DELTA SIERRA JULIET ITS NOT AN AIRCRAFT IT IS (OPEN MICROPHONE FOR TWO SECONDS)

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ER AIRCRAFT?

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET AS ITS FLYING PAST ITS A LONG SHAPE (OPEN MICROPHONE FOR THREE SECONDS) (CANNOT) IDENTIFY MORE THAN (THAT IT HAS SUCH SPEED) (OPEN MICROPHONE FOR THREE SECONDS) BEFORE ME RIGHT NOW MELBOURNE.

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET ROGER AND HOW LARGE WOULD THE ER OBJECT BE

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET MELBOURNE IT SEEMS LIKE ITS STATIONARY WHAT 1M DOING RIGHT NOW IS ORBITING AND THE THING IS JUST ORBITING ON TOP OF ME ALSO. ITS GOT A GREEN LIGHT AND SORT OF METALLIC (LIKE) ITS ALL SHINY (ON) THE OUTSIDE.

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET (OPEN MICROPHONE FOR FIVE SECONDS) ITS JUST VANISHED

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MELBOURNE WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF AIRCRAFT IVE GOT IS IT (A TYPE) MILITARY AIRCRAFT?

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET CONFIRM THE ER AIRCRAFT JUST VANISHED

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET THE ENGINE IS IS ROUGH IDLING IVE GOT IT SET AT TWENTY THREE TWENTY FOUR AND THE THING IS (COUGHING)

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET THE ENGINE IS IS ROUGH IDLING IVE GOT IT SET AT TWENTY THREE TWENTY FOUR AND THE THING IS (COUGHING)

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FS"Y INTENTIONS ARE AH TO GO TO KING ISLAND AH "ELSOURNE THAT STRANGE AIRCRAFT IS HOVERIN6 ON TOP OF "E A6AIN (IT (OPEN "ICROPHONE FOR TWO SECONDS) IS HOVERIN6 AND ITS NOT AN AIRCRAFT

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DELTA SIERRA JULIET "ELBOURNE (OPEN "ICROPHONE FOR SEVENTEEN SECONDS)

THERE HAS BEEN A REPORT OF SIGHTING OF AN OIL SLICK IN THE GENERAL AREA - ARRAN6E"ENTS ARE IN HAND WHICH SHOULD ALLOW POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF WHETHER OR NOT THIS OIL COULD HAVE CO"E FRO" AN AIRCRAFT. NU"EROUS AVENUES OF INVESTI6ATION ARE BEIN6 FOLLOWED, INCLUDIN6 - DETAILED STUDY OF THE FLIGHT SERVICE CO""UNICATIONS TAPES HU"AN FACTORS ASPECTS INCLUDIN6 1 NEWSPAPER REPORTS AND "EDIA INTERVIEWS INDICATE POSSIBILITY OF PILOT PRE-DISPOSITION TOWARDS UNIDENTIFIED FLYIN6 . OBJECTS : IT IS REPORTED THAT HE BELIEVED IN SUCH PHENO"ENA THE "ETEOROL06ICAL ASTRONO"ICAL AND AT"OSPHERIC ASPECTS I RECOGNISING ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT APPROXI"ATELY LAST LIGHT THE SERVICEABILITY OF THE AIRCRAFT I AIRCRAFT HAD UNDERGONE 100 HOURLY INSPECTION LAST FRIDAY (20 OCTOBER) 1 THIS WAS FIRST FLIGHT APART FRO" A 25 "INUTE TEST FLI6HT FULL INVESTIGATION OF THE PLANNIN6 OF THE FLI6HT HISTORY OF THE PILOT 1 INCLUDING REFERENCE TO INSTRUCTORS 1 WITH OBJECT OF DETER"ININ6 TYPE OF PERSON CONCERNED 1 KNOWN TO HOLD UNRESTRICTED PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE WITH CLASB 4 INSTRU"ENT RATING (NI6HT V"C) TOTAL EXPERIENCE APPROXI"ATELY 150-200 HOURS SHIP REPORTS DETER"INE LIKLIHOOD OF SIGNIFICANT VESSELS BEING IN THE AREA IN QUESTION. •

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Normally this report should be mailed to the Director of the Region in which the incident occurred. If more convenient it may be lodged with the OIC of any Air Traffic Control or Flight Service Unit.

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FLIGHT: Last departure point... ... ........ l!loo:rab:bin ....................... Fir t point of intended landing..... ~ng .. I~.•...... FII. No ................ . When this report is submitted by a Departmental officer, enter Fault Report No. (if applicable) ............................................................... . DESCRIBE INCIDENT AND RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES. with comment and suggestions:

................................... ENGINE MALFUNCTION - AIRCRAFT MISSING, ............................................................................................... .

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UNAUTHOHISED ENTRY INTO SYDI\'EY CONTROL ZONE. The pilot had no previous pxperi('nce of nav~gating south bOWld in ·the Sydney L.A.L. Th .. piloCTiiiled

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ACTION BY REGIONAL INVESTIGATOR:

Referred to Flying Operations Section.

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Where il is nece~s.1.ry to ulgent1> report itn\ mailer atTct:tlng Ihe ..afclY of 3Ln:.r"fl you are re~ue"lcd to notIfy the circumstances of the Inc ident by Ihe quit:kesl a \- a,labk menn,: 1 e , radiO. h:lephone. [clcgram. ell.: rhl'o 10111,11 nouho:aoon \h(luld he confirmed In wriung on [h,s fo rm .

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(G~~ICH DATE)

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Cessna 210 Aircraft Registered VTI-SRJ

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COMMUNICATIONS

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Date , 10th July, 1978 (L)

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FROIl

09/2 144.40

SID

FIS.4

FIS.4

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SIERRA RO)lEQ JULIET, Sydney. Stand by.

FIS.4

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SIERRA ROMEO JULIET, Sydney. Go ahead departure time nov.

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FIS.4

FIS.4

SID

SID

FIS.4

FIS.4

SID

SRJ

FIS.4

FIS.4

SID

SID

FIS.4

FIS.4

SID

SID

FIS.4

Directly to Rornsby.

FIS.4

SRJ

SIERRA ROMEO J''LIET.

FIS.4

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SIERRA Ro,rEO Jl'LIET, Sydney. Request your actudl ude.

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FIS.4

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F'IS.4

SRJ

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FIS.4

FIS.4

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FIS.4

ApP( N)

Go ahead.

APp( " )

F'lS.4

We've got an a ircraft one-two miles north, ah, trac ~ing to the Canterbury area. Its pOEsibly one of the ones that ~hould be up near ~ornoby at the moment -

SRJ

FIS.4

This is SIERRA RCL£O J · 'LI~f. bpproachin6 Parramatta , ohaneir18 frequency to Bankstown.

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Stand by.

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SIER.1U RO!l'EO JULIET. Departed four-five, J'ankstolm zero-sero. SIERRA ROMEO Jl'LIET. Could you oheck that out? You have a tiM interval of tvo-five minutes, that would make it one-zero. SIERRA

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SIERM RCl'EO rLIE'!'. Sydney radar advisee that you have penetrat. ad the Sydney Control Zone. They suf~est you turn ripht heading two-~even-zero to vacate the zone. SIERRA RC~:<;O JPLlEI'.

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SI/782/3410.

UNAtJrHORISEr ENTRY INTO CONTROLLED AIRSPACE OR RESTRICTED AREA (Reference Air 3afety Investigation Circular 1/69) Date of occurrence:

10. 7.78.

Flight from: Pelican to: Airspace penetrated: Sydney Control Zone

A/Pennant Hills.

Position of penetration:

2000

Al titude:

Ba nkstown

Tiae,

0803 EST

(4)

Aircraft type and regietration:

(5) (6)

Clus of operation: Flight category:

(.7)

Pilot in command:

(8)

Type of pilot licence:

( 9) (10)

Type of instructor and/or instrument rating held by pilot:

C. 210 VH-SRJ

Private XIlD/VFR

Fred VALENTICH. Private

Total aeronautical experience:

Wu.ber:

145103 N/VMC

160 hours.

Extent of local experience: First time inbound to Bankstown from the North. All experience in the Melbourne Area. (12 )

Other pilotte) on board:

( ,.~)

Method of navigation:

(14 )

Mape and charts available in aircraft:

(15 )

Map or chart be1.ng used at time of occurrence:

(16)

Wu boundary of area penetrated marked on chart being used?

(17)

Was briefing received?

Visual Reference. WAC, VEC, VTC Series. Sydney VTC. Yes.

Yes.

By vho vas briefing given?

Phone briefing by Bankstown Briefing Office. To vhat extent vas briefing given in relation to airspace? The pilot was briefed on the L.A.L. and advised to proceed BBG-PRT-BK.

(20) (21) .

Wu use made of self briefing material? Was a clearance requested?

No

(22)

Was a clearance received?

No

(23)

What action did the .pilot understand the wording of any clearance issued?

Yes.

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required of hia froa

N/A

Radio frequency being used:

125.8 (Sydney Flight Service)


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WaB there any communication difficulty?

( 26)

Were correct communication failure procedures followed?

( 27)

lIa8 there any language difficulty?

( 28)

Was weather a factor?

(29)

Type of forecast obtained, if any:

(30 )

Forecast weather conditions:

CAVOK

( >1 )

Actual westher conditione:

CAVOK

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Wbat navigation aids wsre fitted to the aircraft?

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( "54 )

No

Describe:

N/A

No

No Area Fo recas t.

ADF, VOR .

Wbat navieation ains were being used or monitored? ADF was used for the Pe l ican t o CaLga leg o n ly . To what ground stations were they tuned?C 1 a ga o

(:"5 )

lIae there any unssrvicellbili ty?

(36 )

Was there any unusual pilot riistracting factor?

No

Describe:

No

Describe:

Wben did the pilot first become aware of the penetration? He b ecame conce rn ed wh en h e saw t he h elic opt e r & th e n h ad the p e n etra t ion c onf irme d b y Ba nk s town Brie fing Off i ce . Row was the penetration detected? By Sydne y Ra d ar . Was there a breakdown in controlled airspace separation standards? No . (40)

Was ATC/FSU action satiefactory?

(41)

How could the penetration have been avoided? By th e pi lo t pro cee d i n g v ia Pa rra ma tt a r at h e r t h a n v ia Horn s by.

(42)

Conclusions: i) ii)

Ye s.

Th e ai r c r a ft w a~ co r rec t ly identi fi e d as VH-SRJ. Th e pilot's l ac k of f a mi li a rity wit h t h e a r ea con t r ibut ed to th e in c 1dent.

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CENTER FOR UFO STUDIES P.o . BOX II - NORTHFIELD. ILLINOIS 60093

October 23, 1978

ALLEN HYNEK

DIRECTOR

Director Flight Service Control ;'lelbourne Airport i-ielbourne , Australia Dear sir : As a scienti~ic consultant to the Center ~or UFO Studies in the United States , I am investigating sightings of anomalous aerial phenomena by pilots . Recently I read a news article of such a sighting by a Hr . Frederick Valentich ~lying a Cessna 182 . According to the UPI dispatch he reported seeing something very abnormal and t~ en was lost contact with by ground radio . I am writing to you for your kind assistance in this matter . ~Iouln you be so kind as to try to complete the enclosed report form or pas s it on tp someone who is in a position to complete the details ? Your assistance is very much appreciated by those of us who are only concerned with trying to discover the true nature of the phenomenon involved . You ,nIl receive no publicity since all our r ecords are kept confidential. I ~'ould be particularly interested in the weather in the region within about a 150 mile radius of ~Jelbourne on October 21 , 1978 up to an altitude of 7 , 500 feet . Were any voice tapes maintained? I~ so could a copy be forwarded fo r research purposes only? Finally , I would very much like to correspond with Mr . Valentich Sr . Could you provide me WJ.th his address? On behalf o~ the Center for UFO Studies l et me thank you in advance for any assistance you may provide . I .."ill be pleased to send you a copy of any report that may be prepared on this case . Very sin cerely ,

~~ Richar d F. Haines , Ph .D. Research Consultant

• Encl . Pilot r eport form cc: files

Please use the following address in any correspondence to save time : 325 Langton Avenue Los Altos , California 94022 U.S.A •


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CONFIDENTlAL INFORMATION

Time:

ALL NAMES AND PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU PRO-

No. Dbs.:

VIDE WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL UNLESS YOU

Altitude: _ _ _ _ __ _

GIVE SPECIFIC WRITTEN PERMISSION TO DISCLOSE IT.

Camm.

THIS INFORMATION IS ONLY FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES.

Prvt.

USA

Military

Foreign

When completed please return this form to: Dr.

[part L

Richard F. Haines

325 Langton Avenue Los Altos , Calif. 940ZZ

DETAILS OF THE ANOMALOUS PHENOMENON:

1.

Please describe what you witnessed. Be as complete as possible (u se opposite side of page ~ necessary).

2.

Now draw a sketch o( what you saw. II you were able to see it from two or more different anglefi simply draw what you saw and label each sketch (A), (B), etc. to indicate the order in which you saw it. Also. draw an ~ po i nting gravitationally upward and aircrait windshield struts (fram es , etc. ).

SKETCH OF OBJECT OR PHENOMENON

li the Earth's horizon was visible draw it in also.

Finally. draw magnetic compass heading tick marks across the bottom of th e box and label several-according to your heading-related to your sketch .

mo~~

3 . Did the object (pbenomenon) appear to relative to your aircraft's window frame(s) during your sighting? (ch eck one)

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1£ "yes" please use a dashed line to indicate this apparent motion in the box to the right. Mark an "a" at the location object was first seen, a "b". "c", e tc. (or subsequent locations. Be sure to include aircraft window frame(s) if present to allow angular estimates to be made. For uneven. jerky motion try to place the "a", lib", etc. at one-second intervals.

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No

0

_ _ _-,;=,,__________ .J Unsure Yes

0

SKETCH OF OBJECT'S APPARENT MOTION

• 4.

Did the ob~ect (ph enomenon) appear to move relative to any stable background detail during your sighting? (check one)

o Page 1

No

0

Unsure

DYes

D


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4.1 li the object appeared to move please estimate its apparent angular velocity.

4. 2. Did the object move anything?

behind

in front of

4 . 3 Did the object (phenomenon) appear

4.4 Did you observe the object through

o

(circle)

1

o Solid o

( check) (check)

Motion seen in relation

Deg! __________ Sec.

to: _______________ Unsure

0

Transparent

Yes

0

Couldn't tell

Binocular s o0 Telescope

D

Camera viewfinder

DOther: ------;E;;q"u-,:-·v:-.--,V',:-·s:-u:-a"IC-An;-g:-T l e::-- 4 . 5 About how large did the object appear as compared with one of the following items held at arm's OHead of pin [0° 4.1'] (Assume. 031") length? [Note: The equi v alent visual angles 0 Pea [0 0 8. Z'] (Assume. 062") are based upon an a v erage arm-reach distance ODime [10 31'] 0(Z6"]. Nickle [1 0 47'] Quarter [Zo 3.9 ' ] OHaU-dollar [ZO 37'] Baseball [6 0 l7'] (li object changed size during the sighting just 0 Grapefruit [10 53'] (As sume 5" diam) place a Ill", "2". "3" . etc . in the boxes Basketball [ZOo 10'] to represent the order in which the size change Other: occurred).

o o o o o

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4.6 How certain are you of you r answer to question 4.5? (check one)

4.7

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OVery sure Fairly certain Not very sure Uncertain (only a guess )

o o o

Did the object (phenomenon)? (check all that are appropriate) (a) Change shape (b) Flicker. throb. pulse (c) Break up into parts or explode (d) Suddenly accelerate ( e) Give off smoke. vapor. trial (f) Appear to stand still whole time

(g)

Change color(. )

(h)

Appear on your aircraft's radar

(i)

Appear on any ground radar

DDon't know DYes DDon't know DYe. ODon't know DYes ODon't know DYes ODon't know DYe s DDon't know DYes OOon't know DYes DYes (I( "yes" elaborate) ODonlt know DYes (I( "yes" please DDon't know elaborate here: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

DNo ONo DNo DNo DNo ONo ONo DNo ON"

• 4. 8 Did you experience any buffetting which you think was caused by the encounter?

ONo

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OPossibly

DYes (li

"ycs ll elaborate)

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How did the object iirst become noticed? 0 It was already present and 1 happened to look at it. (check all appropriate boxes) - - - - ---10 Someone else saw it first: [Gi v e name: ] It sudd e nly appeared at or near where I was looking. It gradually faded into sight where I was lOOking. D Other ( s p ec ify): _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _

o

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6. How did the object disappear? (check all 0 1 looked away and when I looked back it was gone. appropriate boxes) -----------1 01t suddenly disappeared {rom sight for DO reason, i. e. t it didn't pass behind a cloud, etc. It gradually faded from sight without changing size. Dit faded from sight by becoming smaller and smaller. It faded {rom sight (apparently) by travelling away. D Other (Bpecify):

o

o

7. What distinguishable detail( s) did you see 0 None on or nearby the object? (check all Sharply defined edge(s) appropriate boxeB) - - -- -------1 DFuzzy edge(s) Darker porthole-like areas :[Shape was Lighter intensity portholes : [Shape was DSearn(s). ri v ets. etc. DMarkings Atmospheric effect( 8): [Describe

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8. Did you notice anything unusual happen in the cockpit just before. during. or just after the sighting? (check one) If

DNo

DUnBure

Dyes

"yes" describe as fully as you can.

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9. What do you think made the object visible? OIt reflected ambient light (sun; moon) (circle) (check all appropriate boxes) - - - ---Il0lt emitted its own light (If checked elaborate on color s. brightne s se s. etc. seen)

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10. Where was the Sun during the sighting?

Moon (CirCle)-CO At _ _ _ _ degrees elevation above horizon. and at heading to

11. If you experienced any physiological sensations during the sighting check all appropriate boxes to the right. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _--j

If you experienced any non-normal sensations within 24 brs after the sighting please place an X at the right of the appropriate line( s ) provided.

degrees bearing relative to aircraft Right Left ( circle one ).

OEye strain due to very high brightness _ OEye strain for any other reasons: [Explain ] UTingling sensation(s): [Body location -----)[ ] Mild pain: [Body location ) :::-:: D lntense . acute pain: [Body location ]_ . DHeat _ DOdor(s): [DeBcribe _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ OTastes: [Describe

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D Sounds: [Describe [J Other[L______________________________

12. What do you think the object ( phenomenon) was? Be as precise as possible including whatever supporting facts you desire •

13. Have you ever seen anything while flying or on the ground that you thought was an unidentified flying · object prior to this?

DNo give details:

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AIRCRAFT FLIGHT DETAILS: (Spatial)

14. Where did you take off from? o Lat.

Airport Name (lnitials): _ _ _ _-.,-_ _-,,_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ 11

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Long.

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W (if known)

15. What was your intended final destination?

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(if known)

16. Sighting location. Where were you when you first sighted the object? Be as precise as possible.

From _ _ _ VOR _ _ _ RADIAL _ _ _ DME

(If appropriate, specify)

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" N S; !' E

Elaborate if necessary: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

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17. Check box to indicate where you were during DTaxi to takeoff the sighting. - - - - -_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _--IODuring takeoff

DClimb to cruise altitude at OAt cruise altitude of [ ftJ ODescending for approach to land at [

ft/min]

Ct/min]

OFinal approach (i. e .â&#x20AC;˘ within outer marker) Landing or rollout DOther: [Specify_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

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Check all appropriate boxes to indicate ONothing that was not already pla.nned what you did as a direct response of DChanged beading by turning right left (circle) sighting the object (phenomenon). ------I DChanged altitude by climbing d escending (circle) DTook immediate evasive action [Describe _ _ _ __

(Pl ease elaborate on all items on the opposite side if necessary)

DTurned my landing lights on off (circle) DUsed my radio to contact: [Specify whom _ _ _ _ __

DChanged my power setting DPointed it out to [Specify name(,!&,,)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

DAttempted to follow chase lowing reason(s): [

(circle) it for the fol-

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DOther: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _

19.

Please use this space to add any other details/observations/facts that are related to the geographic/spatial location of your sighting.

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AIRCRAFT FLIGHT DETAILS:

(Temporal)

ZOo When did you takeoff?

[ Zl.

When did Y.O. u plan to land (scheduled)?

AM PM (local)

. - - - - - - - Time zone AM PM (local)

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ZZ. When did you first see the object (phenomenon)? Page 4

[GMT _____--'Z J

o Daylight savings o Standard time

[GMT _______ ZJ

Time zone (if different from above) AM PM (local) [GMT _______ ZJ

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SIGHTING DATE AM _ _ _ _ _ _ _ PM (lo cal)

When did you last see the object (phenomenon)?

[GMT _ _ _ _ _ ZJ

________sec.] Comments: _________

(Calculated total sighting duration)

24. What did -you look at (or do) to determine OLooked at my wristwatch: [Est. accuracy to _ _~ the above times? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _-/0 Looked at cockpit clock: [Est. accuracy to _ _ __ ORadioed to crewmembe r for time ORadioed to ground for time: [Info. rec'd. from

01 did not determine

initial final (circle) time(s) DOther: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___

Z5. Did you have any indication (r eal or imaginary) of a lOBS of time. i. e •• a period for which you cannot account?

01:'08 sibly ye s DDefinitely yes: [Elaborate _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

o Unsure but probably no o Definitely

no

26 . Did you land at your pre-planned or DYes (within normal tolerance limits) scheduled time? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - { O N o : [Please explain why _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

27.

Use this space to add any other details/ observations /fact s that are related to the timing of your sighting.

Part IV. 2.8 .

SIGHTING AIRCRAFT

Type of aircraft

(check)

DETAILS:

. _ _ _ _ _ _ _-jDSingle engine D Multi engine [no. _____ Propeller

o

OJet

o

Rocket

o Glider o Balloon 2.9.

Model name/number/airframe migr.

30. Aircraft registration number. 31.

Airline name (if appropriate).

32..

Scheduled flight number.

33. Object (phenomenon) was seen through the following window{s},

34. Describe as precisely as you can the apparent clarity/scratches/etc. of these windows.

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OVery familiar: [I had ahoot hrs. £It. time] 35. About how familiar were you with this particular aircraft and its IIpecu1iaritie8~D Reasonably familiar: [ Comm-e-n""'t-s--of flight control?

36.

Use this space to add any<. other pertinent details about the aircraft in which you were located during this sighting.

37.

What wa·s your indicated airspeed?

38. What was your ground speed (if known)?

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___________ 0 - - - - -___ 0 Page

5

0 mph 0

mph

knots (check one) knots (ch efk one)

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lol,ta,ined the following w e ather infor m ation from: ____________~ (c1le(:k all that apply)

o0 Terminal Flight s e r vice sta tion fore c ast D

SIGMET or AlRMET (winds-te mp. aloft)

o FO

IOther:~~~~__~__~~~~~~____

40. Visibility and clouds : (ch e ck)

o

I Clear

o D

oo 41.

Did you rUe a fli g ht plan?

4Z. Were you flying: 43.

Sky condi tion was:

(visibility greater than 15 miles) Clear (visibility {rom 3 to 15 miles) Broken clouds路 sky cover in tenths was Cloud type(s): Cumulus OStratu. OCirruB Other: -;-____.,-,--,:-;-___ Heavy overCast below above (circle) my aircraft Flying in clouds at the time Other: ___________________________

o

o

( check one)

(check one)

ONo

0

OIFR

OVFR

Yes

_ ____________-1 OBright daylight

(check one)

DDull daylight

o Twilight

(alight overcast, amog)

OTrace of daylight ODark - no Moonlight DDark - Moonlight present from:

0

Full

03/4 visible D liz visible OCre.cent OA few stars visible OAll stars visible (very clear) ODan1t remember TAT : _____________

44. Outside air temperature was: 45. What was the wind dir e ction and ve l o city? 46.

Use this space to add any other details about the weather at the time and location of the sighting.

unless you indicate it may 47. Your full name: First

48. Your mailing address: Street

City/Town

sex: (check)

o

Male

D

[Sign one of the two statements that expresses your wishes. ]

Occupation:

5Z.

Marital status: (check one)

53.

Telephone:

54.

Highest education level: ___________________________________

55.

Describe military aviation experience (if any): _ _ _ _ _ __

56.

State/Province zip

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Female

51.

0

Last

yrs

49. Your age at time of sighting: 50. Your

Middle

Single DMarriedDDivorced/widowed

area code ,[_ _ ___

number~[________________

During the sighting were you wearing: (check)

"I hereby permit my name to be pubUcally associated with the information 1 have freely given on this 6 page forml!

"l do not permit my name to be publicaHy associated with the information I have freely given on this 6 page form"

o Prescription eyeglasses (no tint) o

Prescription eyeglasses with tint Contact len~e8 Polarizing sunglasses only ONon-polarizing sunglasses No eye-glasses of any kind

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V116/783/1047

CHIEP SUPERINTENlWlT MATERIALS RESEARCIi LABORATORI.E5 P.O. BOX 50 MARIlIYRNOlfG.

VIC.

(Att entiona

3032

Mr. Davidaon)

ANALYSIS OF OIL SAMPLES RECOVERED FROM BASS STRAIT Duri ng the ..arch for the mi .. ing C162 aircraft, VH-DSJ, a aearch airoraft sighted an oil slick in the vatera of Baa. Strait vithin the prime probability area. Two water samples wsre obtainsd from th1ll Blick and forwarded to your Laboratory together vi th a aample of ths type of oil used in the engine of the misaing aircraft . Ple..e accept thia .~morandum aa a formal requeat for an analyaia of the wat er aamples to determine if the oil content ia the same .. that used in the aircraft. It ia understood that the aamplea obtained from the oil alick vere of poor quality. Any adv~oe you may care to offer on obtaining better quality ...plea vill be velcomed by our Search and Rescue or ganiaation for the briefing of future aearchea .

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1. THE ACCIDENT Locot io n

Ai rcraft T y pe

CeBSna 182L

VR-DSJ

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Frederick V!LENi'ICH

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At 172' hours EST on 21 October 1978 a flight plan for VR-DSJ (l'Ioorabbin to lUng Island and return, Ell'D 1745 hours EST , time interval to King Island 69 minutes) , was submitted at Moorabbin Briefing Office . The aircraft was refuelled to capacity at 1810 hours EST and subsequently departed Moorabbin for King IBland at 1819 hours EST . The pilot reported Cape Otway at 1900 hours EST and at 1906 hours EST aaked :!.t there was any traftic below tive thou.and. After being advised there was no known traffic, he reported what seemed to be a large aircraft below five thousand. He could not identify the type but described it as having a green light, being metallio like and all ahiny on the outside . After describing the movements of the aircraft , its disappearance and reappearance, the pilot stated that i was hovering on top of him and that it was not an aircraft. He also reported at approximately 1912 hours EST that the engine was "rough idling" and declared that he was cont1nuinc to King Island. The final transmission from the pilot of the aircraft ' s callsign followed by 17 seconds open microphone was made at 1912128 hours EST. Last light King Island was 1918 hours EST but the pilot had not requested aerodrome lighting. Flight Service King Island waa notified and lighting was arranged but the aircraft failed to arrive there . A search was initiated but no trace of the pilot or aircraft was found . The pilot was the only known person on board.

4. MATTERS ARISING

Details of what the pilot reported aeeing prior t o his disappearance have been referred to the RAAF for investigation. ,~ Si g ned

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Ref: M116/783/1047 Director Vic/Taa Region

The attached letter was received in thia office and relat es to the accident to

VH- DSJ on 21 October 1978. It has not been acknowledged and is forwarded for such action as you consider necessary. 2

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Mr. J. S . Mill,

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40 I' oodlands Gve . , FRANKSTON, 3199 26th October, 1978 .

The Secretary, Depa rtment of Transport, 188 Queen St., MELBOURNE , 3000 Dear Sir, re The UFO/Valentich Incident . Reference the attached article (The Age, 24/10/ '78), the follm~ing information may be of interest. l"hen coming home about 7.30 P.M. after work on either Thursday or Friday of last week, I watched an ' Aurora Australis' display in the southwestern sky for about a minute or so . It consisted mainly of successive near - vertical parallel columns of soft pinkish-red light moving quickly from left to right and disappearing into a stationary section of similar light, thus : Sb.lJfH

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Early this morning I remembered this incident and it occurred to me that 2 elements of this display - namely, ' rapidly moving lig ht' and ' stationary or hovering light' - were present in the subsequent UFO/Valentich incident as reported. Being a young person, it seems certain that }tr . F . Valentic h would not have had much direct observational experience of ' Aurora Australi. ' in its many and varied ' display' forms which occur fre quently over the years . If confronted by a similar ' display ' as above, it seems equally certain that the technically trained mind o f ~tr . Valentich would have rap idly searched everything known, exce p t ' Aurora Austr a lis ', for a rational exp lanation of his observations .

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I'd rather it was UFO than plane crash, says missing pilot's father By CHRISTINE MORRIS and DAMIEN MURPHY

The father of missing pilot Frederick Valentich said yesterday he hoped an unidentified flying object had been involved in his son's disap-

pearance.

"1 would rather that than them finding wreckage of the plane," he said. The second day of the land and sea search failed to find any trace of the 182 Cessna yesterday. Mr. Guido Valentich said he was forced to believe that something unusual had happened LO his son. "The fact that they have found no trace of him really verifies the fact

that UFOs could have been there," he said. He said his belief in UFOs had been reinforced and that he still held hope for his son. "I never believed in UFOs as strongly as my son. Frederick used to study them as a hobby USing information he received from the air force," he said. "He was not the type of person who would make up stories, everything had to be very correct and positive for him." Mr. Valentich said hIS son had often flown a Cessna and had made three previous visits to King Island. A Department of Transport spokesman said a search of Bass Strait by an RAAF Orion had failed to find any sign of the plane's wreckage.

The spokesman said the possibility of UFOs would later be investigated by the Air Safety Investigation Branch. "Our first consideration is to find the missing pilot and plane." he said. Oil taken from a slick near the possible "ditching point" of the plane wiII be brought to Melbourne today to be tested. A maritime version of a Nomad will continue the search around the north end of King fsland. Hundreds of sightings of UFOs were reported yesterday from Geelong, Frankston, Cape Otway and Brighton. Some people described the object as briJliantly lit, oblong in shape and moving very quickly across the sky. Other said they saw unusual flashes

of light. which remained in the sky

for severa I seconds. An RAAF sJ)Okesman said they had received 11 reports of sightings in the past four days, but would investigate recent reports at a laler stage. Residents of King Island have ~lso reported sightings of strange brlg~t and trailing lights 10 the past SIX weeks. Meanwhile. at QUE'enscliff. on Victoria's southern lip, a woman motorist said she saw what appeared to be a ferris wheel spinning in the sky less than two hours after the plane disappeared on Saturday ni~l. Mrs. Barbara Bishop, of Le-arrnonth Street, Queenscliff. said she saw "some-thing unusual" in the western sky What is going on in the sky - 11.


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