News

Self-confessed sceptic snaps photo of UFO over Caloundra

MYSTERY: A contributed photo of a UFO taken over the Caloundra/Pelican Waters area looking north.
MYSTERY: A contributed photo of a UFO taken over the Caloundra/Pelican Waters area looking north.

A COMMERCIAL pilot with more than 30 years' experience has been left scratching his head over mysterious lights he saw over Caloundra on Good Friday.

The pilot, who does not want to be identified, said he had never seen anything through the cockpit window that compared to the experience.

It has the self-confessed "world's greatest sceptic" questioning everything he believes about UFOs.

The Pelican Waters man was admiring the sky with friends about 8pm last Friday when they first saw two coloured lights in the sky.

He said they reminded him of Chinese lanterns, rising high into the sky and heading south and then east.

Then a third warm-orange glow appeared and suddenly changed direction, tracked north-east and quickly disappeared. "We were looking for an identifier; a beacon or strobe light but there wasn't any," he said.

"I thought it had the characteristics of an object that could fly and I was curious as to what the lights were."

Do you believe in Unidentified Flying Objects?

This poll ended on 15 May 2014.

Current Results

Yes, I have seen one before.

44%

No, it's a load of nonsense.

10%

Yes, but I haven't seen one.

37%

I've had contact with aliens.

7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Still not thinking "UFO", he grabbed his camera.

It was only when he downloaded the images onto his computer he was able to zoom in and see what appeared to be wing tips and the slight outline of an aircraft body.

"I was surprised ... with the clarity with the camera," he said.

"At first I was curious

because it was moving so quickly, moving at a speed that I have never seen a lantern or something of that sort doing.

"When we zoomed in later we thought, 'Wow, that has a shape to it'."

While there were other planes and helicopters in the sky that night, he said none of them had the same flight pattern.

He is open to the possibility of it being a military operation, but he said he didn't think they resembled that type of aircraft either.

"I have heard of and seen many, many things in my career and have flown all over the world ... but nothing like this," he said.

"I think it is fascinating and if there is some credibility to it ... it has changed my mind that there could be something else out there."

Topics:  caloundra editors picks pelican waters ufo



$23 million Bangalow plan 'twice the size of Ballina Fair'

BIG PLANS: One of the images in the DA for the Rural Industries Food Precinct, showing the site on Lismore Rd.

Residents say proposal 'highly inappropriate for Bangalow'

Flynn Transport owes $1.4 million in super and tax

Flynn Transport reportedly owes the Australian Tax Office nearly $1 million.

Government asks company to cough up nearly $1 million

Splendour punters warned to stay safe at the beach

SURF lifesavers have issued a warning to the thousands of festival revellers expected to hit the beach over the weekend.

Alcohol, drugs and swimming can be a deadly combination

Local Partners

Still downloading Game of Thrones? Expect a letter

IF YOU decided to illegally download this week’s season premiere of Game of Thrones, you might soon be receiving a letter in the post.

Sam Newman's Footy Show performance baffles panel

Sam Newman on the Footy Show

“Cat got your tongue tonight has it?”

OJ Simpson loses cool as he begs to go free

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectables sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

Tension at the parole hearing didn't stop OJ going free

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, dies age 41

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

Chester Bennington's body was found in LA at 9am local time.

Chester Bennington’s tragic Chris Cornell connection

Bennington sings at Chris Cornell’s funeral on May 26 in Los Angeles. Picture: AP

Bennington reportedly godfather of one of Cornell’s three children

Holy schnit: This steak's the size of a small child

WHAT A STEAK: Sarah Atkins was amazed to see the Pinnacle Pub crumbed steak was bigger than one of her four-month-old twin daughters, Jorja.

It's not every day you get served a steak as big as a baby

Tamara's bittersweet MasterChef exit (take two)

Mackay's Tamara Graffen has already gained valuable work experience since her elimination from MasterChef.

MACKAY cook's heartwarming send-off from finals week.

Island resort living from just $250 a week

Couran Cove on Stradbroke Island is undergoing a makeover. Photo: Steve Holland

Resort offering permanent rentals at almost half normal rental price

New era for stunning historic Rocky venue

St Aubins Village, West Rockhampton.

St Aubins Village reopens to the public after years of closure.

Cashed-up investors driving Ipswich's luxury housing market

SOLD: Elia Youssef bought a home on Hilton Drive Camira for $830,000.

New wave of interstate investors and young super savers in town

Boom or bust? '5.5 million moving into retirement'

National Seniors said that the inequalities with the retirement sector are "a big problem and it's a growing problem".

"It's a big problem and it's a growing problem."