Credible sightings of UFOs by commercial jet pilots are routinely shelved by a government unit set up to investigate them, documents suggest.
A number of strange encounters have been “s*** canned” after being referred to a secret department run the Royal Canadian Air Force, it is claimed.
Previously classified “event logs” were released to Vice News under Canada’s Access to Information Act.
The files – some marked “secret” – describe mysterious UFO sightings reported by pilots to air traffic controllers.
Others show how fighter jets were scrambled to intercept unknown craft spotted on radar which then vanished.
Former RCAF fighter pilot Jock Williams, who spent 36 years in the Canadian military, said the reports get “s*** canned”.
He said: “I mean, somebody throws it out. Nobody cares,.
“I don’t see any evidence that there’s any kind of in-depth look being taken at any of this kind of stuff, which means that nobody attaches any importance to it.
“You have evidence of the fact that they’re aware of this kind of stuff; at the same time, you have evidence of the fact that nothing is happening.
“These guys are getting paid one way or the other. They might as well be investigating.”
The files include one “vital intelligence sighting” from the pilot of a Jazz flight at 25,000ft over British Columbia’s remote coastline in September 2016.
He told air traffic controllers he saw “three red lights 3,000 feet above him and going slower”.
Radar scans did not detect any other aircraft within 100 miles.
Within minutes, the report was sent to the department for transport and the air force’s secretive Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division in Winnipeg.
But there appears to have been no further action, reports Vice.
Williams, now an aviation consultant who also worked for the transport department, said: “I don’t dispute they saw the strange light.
“And it may or may not be of strange origin — who knows? But all I know is I’m not impressed with the level of investigation.”
Another sighting in the logs dates from April 2016, when a WestJet plane just north of Toronto “reported a very bright light pass overhead of them” when “there was no other traffic in the area.”
It was logged as a “UFO report” but the rest is redacted, so it is not clear what action was taken.
In December 2016, Edmonton air traffic controllers notified the military of a Qatar Airways flight to Los Angeles reporting a “UFO” in broad daylight over western Alberta.
In November 2018, the pilots of a Cargojet plane high above Saskatchewan described “bright shining lights” that “were manoeuvering and moving fast”.
Two weeks later on November 21, two mysterious sightings on the same day were logged by Canada’s Air Defence Service.
In High Prairie, Alberta, an informant whose identity is redacted reported “three red lights in the sky, hovering at the approximate height of a cell phone tower, center light blinking and the other two solid”.
The log adds: “Observed for a few moments and then it took off, heading west and was not seen again.”
Hours earlier, a NORAD radar station detected an “unknown track” approaching over the Atlantic towards Newfoundland.
It was rated “suspect” and fighter jets were scrambled to intercept, but when they arrived they could not find anything there.
A report the next day blamed the “spurious data” on an equipment malfunction.
An RCAF spokesman confirmed aircraft were launched that day to investigate what was later deemed a “false positive”.
A statement said: “This can happen for a number of reasons, from meteorological conditions to flocks of birds, and is not unusual.
“It is important to remember that unknown tracks on radar are precisely that: unknown.”
Williams believes this explanation is “possible, but extremely unlikely”.
He said the extensive radar coverage of NORAD – the joint defense initiative with the US – means there is “virtually never” only one radar source tracking an object.
A Canadian defense spokesman has previously said the military has shared information from UFO reports “with our NORAD colleagues in the US”.
But it does “not typically investigate sightings of unknown or unexplained phenomena outside the context of investigating credible threats, potential threats, or potential distress in the case of search and rescue.”
In June a long-awaited Pentagon report on UFOs warned they pose a threat to the US and could not rule out an alien origin.