This was taken from a source on Stumbleupon.com
“What Happened to Frederick Valentich?
Frederick Valentich was an Australian pilot who was active during the 1970s.
On October 21, 1978 Valentich submitted a flight plan indicating that he was
traveling from Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, to King Island in Bass Strait.
At the time of the flight, visibility was good and winds were light. He was
flying a Cessna 182-L, with a cruising speed of around 256 km/h (160 mph).
Approximately 45 minutes after departing from Moorabbin, Valentich
contacted Flight Service Officer Steve Robey and reported seeing a large
unidentified aircraft at his altitude. He was told that no aircraft was in his
vicinity. Valentich reported that he could see a large unknown craft which
appeared to be illuminated by four bright landing lights.
He then stated that the aircraft was approaching him from the east and
voiced the opinion that the other pilot might be purposefully playing games
with him. Frederick continued to report that the object was long, but that it
was traveling too fast for him to describe in more detail. After several
minutes, he stated that he was experiencing engine problems. There was
brief silence and then Frederick Valentich spoke his last words, “it is
hovering and it’s not an aircraft.” This was followed by 17 seconds of
unidentified noise, described as being “metallic, scraping sounds,” then all
contact was lost. A four day search was undertaken, but no signs of the
plane or Frederick Valentich were ever seen again.
The Department of Transport investigation concluded that the reason for the
disappearance could not be determined. The report of the UFO sighting in
Australia attracted significant press attention. On the night Frederick
Valentich disappeared, a large number of people reported seeing strange
green lights and unidentified flying objects in the sky. During Valentich’s final
recorded transmission to the Melbourne Service Unit, 17 seconds of
unexplained noise was recorded. Scientific tests have been conducted on
these sound frequencies and professionals have received strange and mixed
results. The true resting place of Frederick Valentich is still unknown.”
I’m a skeptic when it comes to these things but this was still pretty cool to learn about!!