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Near-Constant UFO Sightings Force New Navy Procedure

From now on, pilots will be able to submit UFO data
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Angry pilots have prompted the US Navy to draft new guidelines about UFO sightings—but it seems that information will be kept from the public, Newsweek reports. "There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air spaces in recent years," says the Navy in a statement, per Politico. "The Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities." Until now, an official says, possible UFO sightings were "treated as anomalies to be ignored." But in the future pilots will have a formal procedure for documenting unexplained encounters, per the Washington Post.

Intrusions have been spotted several times per month since 2014, with pilots describing spherical or Tic Tac-shaped objects that move quickly and have no exhaust, wind, or air intake. For example, a 2017 New York Times article included Navy video of unknown objects that reportedly appeared at 80,000 feet, plunged to 20,000 feet, hovered, then either vanished from radar range or flew back up. "At a certain point there ended up being multiple objects that we were tracking," said a petty officer stationed on the nearby USS Princeton, per Slate. "That was towards the end of the encounter and they all generally zoomed around at ridiculous speeds, and angles, and trajectories and then eventually they all bugged out faster than our radars." (Pilots spotted UFOs over Ireland.)

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