The news of AirEgypt Flight 804 crashing for unexplained reasons over the Mediterranean Sea this week got me wondering about how much we trust our investigators to get to the truth.
In the past, I’ve always taken it for granted that investigators would continue their probes into crashes until they found the reasons.
But in the last six months, I’ve been reading more and more UFO files.
And I’m not finding that’s the not necessarily the case — some air investigations just don’t seem to care about the truth.
In my book, UFO Cold Cases: Kansas, I discovered some investigations were apparently dropped by the Air Force’s Project Blue Book investigators before they reached a conclusion — some of the more interesting cases were merely stamped as “unknown” and shoved into a file drawer.
Or were they? I got the uneasy feeling that’s all the government thought the general public was entitled to know.
If the investigation was handed off to another agency, we were never told. If that agency found anything, we would never know.
And despite recent revealing statements from people who were ordered not to say anything for national security reasons as long as 60 years ago, we still don’t know for sure.
That’s because our military leaders would never officially confirm any UFO sightings might be extraterrestrial visitors.
Author and UFO researcher Timothy Good notes in his book Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence that there were an unusual amount of military and civilian air crashes that took place in the 1950s.
Most were officially ruled accidents and attributed to pilot error or equipment failure.
But Good claims in some cases, pilots had been ordered to to shoot down UFOs — and were themselves shot down by superior alien technology.
Good charges our government — and many other governments aligned with the U.S. — have made it a policy to not let the public know about UFOs retaliating against aircraft that attack them.
After reading his theories and his supporting documentation, it’s led me to be skeptical about what we’ve heard this week concerning AirEgypt 804.
As of Friday night, we’ve been told the airliner basically fell out of the sky and disappeared into the sea, killing all of the 66 people aboard.
Why, we still don’t know.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump immediately blamed it on Islamic terrorists, without any evidence. And investigators were checking to see if a bomb could have been smuggled aboard.
It is easy to be like Trump and blame such accidents on international terrorists groups like ISIS. But it could also have been a lone bomber with a grudge against someone on board. Or maybe the plane hit a U.S. unmanned drone with a warhead. Or a flock of birds, a meteor or even a UFO. Anyone can speculate.
After reading Good’s book, it started making me question everything military authorities tell us.
Since Project Blue Book ended in 1969, authorities have most of us convinced extraterrestrial crafts are a figment of our collective sci-fi imaginations.
It wasn’t always that way. There was a time when the military took UFOs seriously, at least seriously enough to conduct numerous investigations.
This summer, we’re coming up on the 69th anniversary of a real-life X-file where a lauded military pilot spotted a UFO on July 6, 1947, as he flew over Clay Center, Kansas.
That was just a day before the government first announced it had captured a flying saucer July 7, 1947, in Roswell, New Mexico, then said it was a weather balloon the next day.
I wrote about the Clay Center incident in Chapter 1 of my book.
My frustration with that particular investigation was that they seemed to want to explain away the sighting, rather than consider it might be a real aircraft the pilot saw. They were trying to write it off as a reflection of the sun — even though similar circular objects were being seen all over the country that week.
Hopefully, the international team of flight investigators will get to the bottom of the AirEgypt disaster in a timely matter.
But knowing what we know how the truth may be hidden from us — based on what they perceive as our need to know — we should demand they show us evidence of their conclusions.