British Civil Aviation Authority Highly Interested In Pilots’ UFO Sightings

This is an image captured by British private pilot David Hastings in 1985 while flying a Cessna Skymaster plane over the Mojave Desert. Hastings didn't see the cigar-shaped object when he took the picture. It only showed up after the picture was developed
This is an image captured by British private pilot David Hastings in 1985 while flying a Cessna Skymaster plane over the Mojave Desert. Hastings didn't see the cigar-shaped object when he took the picture. It only showed up after the picture was developed
This is an image captured by British private pilot David Hastings in 1985 while flying a Cessna Skymaster plane over the Mojave Desert. Hastings didn't see the cigar-shaped object when he took the picture. It only showed up after the picture was developed
This is an image captured by British private pilot David Hastings in 1985 while flying a Cessna Skymaster plane over the Mojave Desert. Hastings didn’t see the cigar-shaped object when he took the picture. It only showed up after the picture was developed

Despite the fact the UK’s Ministry of Defense officially ended its UFO investigations in 2009, it appears that the British Civil Aviation Authority decided — unbeknownst to the public — to continue collecting reports that involved UFOs with possible flight safety issues.

“They were only interested in sightings that definitely had a bearing on aircraft or flight safety, and were no longer interested in reports from the public, who’d seen things in the sky and reported them to the Civil Aviation Authority,” said David Clarke, the official UK National Archives consultant and a journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

Clarke, seen at right, told the Huffington Post that the Civil Aviation Authority — a different government department from the MoD — kept separate records of UFO cases, “not only by the aircrew, themselves, but also anything unusual that was seen by air traffic controllers on the ground at airports.”

Through the filing of Freedom of Information requests, Clarke found that the Royal Air Force specifically requested any UFO reports submitted to the DepartmentofTransportwouldnolonger