Several recent UFO sightings reported by pilots over the Pacific Ocean
Numerous sightings of unidentified flying objects have been reported by dozens of pilots flying over the Pacific over the past two months, according to a UFO researcher.
Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent and host of Discovery+ show UFO Witness, received new footage and recordings from air traffic control showing stunned pilots struggling to describe their bizarre mid-air sightings.
He compiled reports from pilots from Southwest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and others between August 6 and September 23. In a compelling account, a former military pilot reported seeing several planes fly overhead.
“We’ve got a few planes north of us here, and he’s spinning in circles, much higher than us. Any idea what they are?” Pilot Mark Hulsey radioed August 18 while flying a charter jet off the coast of Los Angeles.
The confused controller replies and tells the pilot he’s not sure.
Hulsey called back 23 minutes later to say the three aircraft he originally reported had grown to seven, flying between 5,000 and 10,000 feet overhead.
“They just go around in circles. I was an F-18 pilot in the Marine Corps and I’ll tell you I’ve done a lot of intercepts, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Hulsey says in the recording.
According to Hansen, the strange lights, which some pilots pointed to as possible aircraft, “were seen by more than 15 different commercial flights. And at least six pilots are willing to give their names and everything on the record if asked to do so by law enforcement agencies,” he said.
“In this case, we have a global phenomenon that stretches from Japan east to possibly Miami. Whatever it is, pilots see it on the other side of the world.”
Currently, Hansen said, there is no official protocol for civilian pilots to report strange sightings “because they don’t think the FAA will go ahead, or worse, they’ll be ridiculed.”
An FAA spokesman told the Daily Mail that it documents strange sightings “whenever a pilot reports one to an air traffic control facility.
“If the pilot report can be confirmed by supporting information such as radar data, it will be shared with the UAP Task Force.”
Veteran pilot Chris Van Voorhis told The Daily Mail he also saw three to five bright objects flying around in a circular motion like a “racetrack” for hours while flying across the Pacific from Honolulu to Los Angeles in August.
The 63-year-old, who has over 32,000 hours of flight experience, said the objects he saw appeared to be in Earth orbit but could have been in space.
Other airlines radioed Van Voorhis to ask if he was seeing the same objects as he was.
“It had to be in a very, very high orbit, or even far from anything that could be a satellite in space, because every time we saw it, it was in the bottom right corner of the Big Dipper, never mind where in the world we were,” he told the outlet.
“It took so long that it almost got boring.”
He said it couldn’t have been a satellite like Elon Musk’s Starlink system because they were traveling in different directions instead of the same direction.
Van Voohis’ employer, whose name has not been revealed, has banned him from speaking about the incident.
He told the Daily Mail about half of his pilot friends “saw some sort of anomaly” in the sky.
Van Voorhis also claims to have seen three flying disks coming out of his cockpit in 2004 while flying from Japan to Honolulu for Japan Airways. The disks seemed to form a triangle formation before disappearing.
“It wasn’t like they accelerated. They were just so fast and went over the horizon. The whole thing took about 15 seconds,” he told the Daily Mail.
“The plane in front of us saw it too. They said, ‘Are you going to tell anyone?’ and we said ‘no’.”
Last year, the Department of Defense created a new team tasked with searching for and identifying UFOs in restricted airspace after Washington officials admitted they could not explain the phenomenon of UFO sightings.
The Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group was announced after the intelligence community confirmed a number of unexplained airborne sightings by the military earlier this year, but in a report to Congress detailing the government’s knowledge of UFOs, said she could not identify the mystery vehicles.
It followed the Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, an arm of the military formed in 2020 to “improve its understanding of and gain insight into UFOs.”
In July, the House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that makes it easier to report unidentified flying objects or UFOs.