pilots have reported a number of chilling near-misses with
incident involved David Hastings, a British pilot who,
along with his co-pilot, David Paterson, was flying a
Cessna Skymaster plane over the Mojave Desert in America
on Sept. 9, 1985.
were sitting there enjoying the sunshine when we both
suddenly saw this speck out on the horizon at our 12 o'clock
position," Hastings told HuffPost.
speck suddenly grew extremely quickly until we saw this
huge shadow go over the top of us," he recounted.
"But the most amazing thing about it was there was
no noise and absolutely no movement or turbulence at all.
We looked at each other, saying, 'What the hell was that?'"
that point, both pilots felt that something was in the
air off the port (left) side of their plane, but they
couldn't see anything there. They agreed that they were
able to sense something moving outside.
walked to the back of the plane, grabbed his camera and
returned to the cockpit where he snapped two pictures
out the window. All he was able to see in the camera viewfinder
was the left wing of the plane and the ground below.
was only after they returned to San Francisco and got
the pictures developed that they knew they'd encountered
picture showed what we expected to see -- the aircraft
wing and the ground," said Hastings. "But in
the second one, there was this [cigar-shaped] thing. We
were both convinced that it was not a man-made object.
pilots have seen UFOs in England, so it didn't surprise
me, but I was surprised that we actually got a picture
recalls that, although he wasn't frightened by the object,
he was mostly concerned about the initial encounter with
it and the possibility of a mid-air collision. No hoax
was ever determined in this case, which remains unexplained
to this day.