The Tic Tac incident: Retired US Navy pilot recalls encounter with UFOs day before US govt’s report – India Today

A day before a long-talked-about report on UFOs was released by the US government, a retired Navy officer recalled her encounter with an unidentified flying object.

Retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich received some meida attention due to her personal experience with UFOs. “I don’t consider myself a whistle blower … I don’t identify as a UFO person,” Reuters quoted the former pilot as saying.

During a routine training mission in 2004, Dietrich and her then-commanding officer had noticed an unusual “churning” of the ocean surface before seeing “a smooth, white oblong object resembling a large Tic Tac breath mint flying at high speed over the water.”

When they tried to engage with the object, “it appeared to respond in a way that we didn’t recognize” because it seemed to lack “any visible flight control surfaces or means of propulsion,” Dietrich recounted.

“We don’t know what it was, but it could have been a natural phenomenon in human activity. But the point was that it was weird, and we couldn’t recognize it,” she said.

Lack of data to prove extraterrestrial origin

Meanwhile, the report on UFOs, issued by the US government on Friday, failed to mark any specific reason or cause behind the sighting of unidentified flying objects. The researchers concluded that they lacked sufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying materials.

In the unclassified nine-page report, which was released to Congress and the public, the investigators did not find any extraterrestrial links while reviewing 144 sightings of aircraft or other devices – mostly by US Navy personnel.

“It’s clear that we need to improve our capacity to further analyze remaining UAP observations, even as we accept that there are some limits to our capacity to characterize and understand some of the observations that we have,” one official said as quoted by the news agency Associated Press.

Reportedly, in 18 cases, witnesses saw “unusual” patterns of movement or flight characteristics. But the report failed to conclude if those sightings had an extraterrestrial connection, saying that more analysis was needed on the matter. However, the analysts did not completely rule out extraterrestrial origins either.

On being asked about any possible connection with “aliens”, one of the officials said, “That’s not the purpose of the task force, to evaluate any sort of search for extraterrestrial life. That’s not what we are charged with doing.”

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The report, however, has marked a turning point for the US government after its military and other defence organisations spent years researching unidentified flying objects and saucers – which the government officially calls unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) – since the 1940s.

Once a domain of science fiction and “ufologists”, the subject of UAPs – especially UFOs – has attracted the attention of the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies in recent years.

US Senator Marco Rubio, one of the instrumental forces in commissioning the report, said, “For years, the men and women we trust to defend our country reported encounters with unidentified aircraft that had superior capabilities, and for years their concerns were often ignored and ridiculed. This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents.”

Among the 144 sightings that were reviewed, only one has been categorised as “airborne clutter”. It is believed to be a large deflating balloon. The rest remained uncategorised due to lack of appropriate data and information.

The report listed five potential categories for the UAPs, including the possibility of foreign adversaries using unknown technology to fly unidentified objects into US territory.

The Department of Defense will now develop a new strategy to collect information on potential sightings of UFOs over the next three months.

“It is critical that the United States maintain operations security and safety at DoD ranges,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks wrote in a memo released Friday.

She added, “To this end, it is equally critical that all U.S. military aircrews or government personnel report whenever aircraft or other devices interfere with military training. This includes the observation and reporting of UAPs.”

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