2012-04-26 by Diana fka Desi Foxx
haveyouheard_120416_UFO.jpgVideo still from YouTubeThis video still from YouTube shows the alleged UFO seen from a passenger plane flying over Seoul, South Korea, on April 7.
Video of an alleged UFO encounter shot from a passenger plane over Seoul, South Korea, has received over 5.5 million views on YouTube.
The video, shot on April 7, shows a white oval coasting below the plane before accelerating and moving up out of the picture. Viewers think it could be anything from special effects to a water droplet on the window to an alien aircraft.
MSNBC contributor Benjamin Radford thoroughly analyzed the video last week. He said that there are “red flags about its authenticity,” such as the light and shadow pattern of the object and the focus of the camera.
“Then there’s the fact that the light and shadow pattern on the blurry white object doesn’t change as it moves,” Radford wrote. “It’s almost as if the UFO intentionally maintained exactly the same angle toward the camera the whole time — not impossible, but highly suspicious.”
MSNBC also turned to Hollywood visual effects artists Derek Serra for answers.
“When the camera zooms in a bit, and when the UFO flies off screen, you can seen ‘ghosting’ of the image,” Serra said. “Actual motion blur of real, three-dimensional objects creates a smooth gradient, not a stuttered ghosting like we see in this video. It is something we make sure we do right when working on shots for TV and film.”
Regardless of its true identity, pilots and officials are weighing the threat such encounters pose to aircraft safety.
David McDonald, a professional pilot who runs a school for pilots and aircraft dispatchers and owns Flamingo Air in Cincinnati, told Huffington Post that “it’s beyond dispute” that pilots see unexplained UFOs a lot. “However, to the best of all of our knowledge, there has never been an incident where an airplane ran into one or was attacked by one,” he said.
McDonald added that pilots are trained to maneuver the plane out of the way of unidentified objects. But sometimes that’s not enough.
Richard Haines, a former NASA scientist who began the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, told Huffington Post that between five and nine percent of encounters have some form of electromagnetic impact on certain cockpit instruments.
“…our interest is trying to alert the aviation industry ahead of time to do something positive, rational, before it’s too late, before an airplane goes down,” Haines said.
Huffington Post also asked the Federal Aviation Administration how they deal with UFOs.
“Our standard response is that the FAA does not track UFO activity,” the FAA official said.
Are humans being visited by extraterrestrials? John Callahan, former head of the FAA’s Accidents, Evaluations and Investigations Division, told Huffington Post he believes we are, but added that the government does not always tell the truth regarding UFO information.
“Part of the stuff I was doing in my last 10 years with the government was lying to the public,” Callahan said. “I gave out disinformation — an approved tactic in the government — because the people can’t handle the truth.”
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