By Lee Speigel
Unemployment, gas prices, and fear over global warming aren’t the only things skyrocketing — so are mysterious objects rocketing through the sky.
The Mutual UFO Network — the largest privately funded UFO research organization in the world — tells The Huffington Post that more people than ever are reporting unidentified flying objects, mostly in the United States and Canada.
“Over the past year, we’ve been averaging 500 sighting reports a month, compared to about 300 three years ago [67 percent],” MUFON international director Clifford Clift said.
“And I get one or two production companies contacting me every week, wanting to do stories on UFOs.”
However, the remaining 5 percent of all UFO reports aren’t as easily explained. And many of them are reported by commercial and military pilots. These were examined on “Secret Access: UFOs On The Record,” a new History Channel documentary that premiered on Thursday.
The program was based on Leslie Kean’s New York Times bestseller, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On The Record.
“There’s a great case from South America where a commercial flight was over the Andes after dark, cabin lights were on and everybody on one side of the airplane was looking out at this lighted object that was approaching them at their altitude,” said Richard Haines, a former research scientist from the NASA Ames Research Center.
“The closer it got, the dimmer the cabin lights became. Well, that’s an interesting electromagnetic effect.”