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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a UFO: Is it science?

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Luaine Lee
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The Science Channel doesn't usually offer up inflated stories about hovering UFO's and little green men. But on Wednesday, it will premiere "The Unexplained Files," a show featuring just that: phenomena that have not been explained, decoded or deciphered.
The first episode deals with an airplane that mysteriously vanished into thin air after the pilot, Frederick Valentich, reported a strange flying object buzzing around him.
George Simpson was a witness that day. He said, "The pilot definitely disappeared. The plane disappeared without a trace, and it is still a mystery.
"This is a missing person case. He's the eldest son of the family. He was 20 years old at the time when he disappeared, same age as me. We were born in the same year.
"I saw this plane flying over my parents' house on the day. I watched it going, heading straight for the setting sun on that day," Simpson said.
"In my opinion it has to be a UFO contact there," he said.
"Frederick didn't actually say that it was a UFO, but he was asking, 'Do we have any military aircraft in this area?' And they said, 'No. No known aircraft in the area. ... Can you describe this object?' And he said, 'No.'"
"It was traveling past him at such great speed. He actually said, 'At speeds, though, I can't identify.' Not only could he not identify this object, he couldn't even tell us how fast it was going because he's never seen anything behave like that before. He was mystified," Simpson said.
"And then there's that strange metallic noise, and then he's gone. So you can only conclude that he encountered something very unusual and now he's missing," Simpson said.

Watch it
"The Unexplained Files" premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Science Channel.
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