“At that particular time there was a flight from Jordan heading to Toronto that happened to see it and it was picked up by radar in Gander. It was a big issue at the time,” Blackwood said.
Blackwood was hesitant to talk about the sighting after the event. He didn’t want to face the ridicule he knew he would receive. However, once the media got a hold of the story, the interview requests began coming in and he was instructed by his superiors to accept them all.
The National Research Council in Ottawa, whose upper atmosphere research facility was responsible for UFO reports, suggested the object could have been Jupiter. Blackwood disagreed.
“I tore a strip off him. He had this big explanation, but he didn’t talk to me or talk to any of the other 12 witnesses,” Blackwood told The Packet. “He just surmised this on his own. There was this guy doing a paper on it. I told him what I thought of him. How the hell can a planet cast a shadow on the water? How can it come down that close that it can block out Random Island?”
Although Blackwood never figured out what it was he saw that night, he says he did not become a UFO enthusiast. He occasionally receives calls from UFO researchers and participated in an episode of a recent television show called Close Encounters. However, he says the sighting brought more grief than it was worth.
Alejandro Rojas - OpenMinds