Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

No alien link. Are UFO sightings just hot air?

- Agence France-presse

WASHINGTON: There is no evidence that unexplaine­d aerial phenomena spotted in recent years by US military personnel are aliens, an upcoming government report quoted by The New York Times on Thursday said, but officials still can’t explain the mysterious aircraft.

The newspaper, which cited senior administra­tion officials briefed on the findings of the highly anticipate­d report, said they were able to confirm the unusual vessels were not the product of secret Pentagon technology.

But the review of more than 120 incidents over the past two decades was unable to explain the mysterious movements of the craft, which include unusual accelerati­on, direction changes and the ability to rapidly submerge.

And while senior officials told the Times the lack of clear findings means that while there’s no evidence of alien technology behind the phenomena, it’s also impossible to rule out.

One senior official briefed on the report said intelligen­ce and military officials increasing­ly worry the phenomena could be China or Russia experiment­ing with hypersonic technology.

The upcoming report expected to be released to Congress by June 25 - will have a classified annex, officials told the Times, which will likely fuel speculatio­n that aliens are actually behind the encounters.

The Pentagon last year released videos taken by US Navy pilots showing in-flight encounters with the unusual aircraft.

And the mystery was further drummed up by former officials with access to classified intelligen­ce. “What is true - and I’m actually being serious here - is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are,” former president Barack Obama told The Late Late Show last month.

 ?? AFP ?? A grab from a video shot by US navy pilots that purportedl­y shows an unidentifi­ed aerial object.
AFP A grab from a video shot by US navy pilots that purportedl­y shows an unidentifi­ed aerial object.

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