Representational image of an unidentified flying object [UFO], now referred to as unidentified aerial phenomena [UAPs].

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Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have captured the human imagination for ages. History is replete with stories of unexplained lights, flying discs and alien abductions, but unfortunately, they remain unsolved mysteries to date.

Now, adding to this list of bizarre mid-air sightings are reports of UFOs — which the scientific community has now renamed to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) — that were spotted by dozens of pilots flying across the Pacific over the last two months.

Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent and the host of the Discovery+ show “UFO Witness”, has procured footage and air traffic control recordings of these sightings. These incidents were originally witnessed by pilots from Southwest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and others, who reported a strange aircraft to their air traffic controllers.

In one of these puzzling accounts, Pilot Mark Hulsey, a former military pilot, reportedly witnessed three objects flying above him between 5,000 to 10,000 feet.

Describing this UAP, Hulsey said: “They just keep going in circles. I was an F-18 pilot in the Marine Corps, and I’m telling you, I’ve done many intercepts; I’ve never seen anything like this.”

As per Hansen, these strange lights were seen by more than 15 commercial flights, and many of these pilots are willing to go on record if the agencies take the initiative to investigate.

An official from the Federal Aviation Administration, a U.S. government agency, informed a leading daily that it documents any reports of strange sightings shared with the air traffic control if they are corroborated with supporting evidence.

Such reports are then shared with the UAP task force, which was launched last year by the US Department of Defence to find and identify UAP. In fact, NASA also announced an independent study on UAP in June this year.

Meanwhile, these Pacific sightings are the latest additions to the growing list of intriguing stories about UAP and life beyond our planet that have long dominated popular culture. Perhaps, one day we’ll have a concrete answer.

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