[The following is a portion of a chapter in a book manuscript I intend to publish in my Still Here book series on biblical eschatology. I believe some UFO sightings–probably hundreds worldwide in the past two generations–have been unnatural phenomena attributable to angels (cf. Daniel 4.13, 17, 23; Hebrews 1.14; 1 Peter 1.12).]
“Canada’s Roswell Incident”
Many other nations have reported their own UFO sightings. They are too numerous to mention here. The foremost UFO incident in Canada, the northern neighbor of the U.S., is known as “Canada’s Roswell Incident.” It happened on October 4, 1967, beginning at 10:00 PM in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Several eye-witnesses claimed they saw a large lighted object fall from the dark sky into the waters of Shag Harbor about 300 yards from shore. Shag Harbor is located in the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. The witnesses also said the luminous object remained submerged in the water, yet visible, for a few minutes and then it disappeared. (When UFOs go into water, they are called “submersibles.”)
At midnight, two fishing boats went out to the area where it was believed the UFO had been in the water. Upon arrival, all aboard the two vessels claimed they saw bright, yellow foam on the water’s surface. One of the boat skippers dipped a large fish net repeatedly into the supposedly foamy water and pulled it up empty. A Canadian Coast Guard cutter also searched the area. The next day, there was much searching of about a square mile of the harbor by various watercrafts, but no debris was found. Most authorities then concluded the sighting must have been a downed airplane. But all relevant agencies reported that there were no missing aircraft anywhere near Shag Harbor.
Nevertheless, the Royal Canadian Air Force and Navy investigated the incident. Its Maritime Command had Navy divers scoured the harbor seafloor for three days, yet they found nothing. Neither the Canadian government nor its military ever gave an explanation of the incident. Later, the Condon Report in the U.S. included this Shag Harbor sighting in its total of fifty-nine, prominent, UFO incidents.
Twenty-five years after the Shag Harbor UFO sighting, the Canadian government re-opened its investigation of it. In Nova Scotia there were media reports and public interviews with people involved in the new investigation. These included interviews with two commercial pilots who said they saw the submerged UFO at the time and that the Canadian government covered up their testimony about it.
But that was not the end of Canada’s Roswell Incident. It was then discovered that the Canadian government had verified that the lighted object reportedly traveled underwater about twenty-five miles until it was last viewed near a submarine detection base in the waters off Government Point. Two naval vessels had been positioned over the luminous object, and it was spotted on their sonar.
The Belgium Wave
Perhaps the most famous UFO episode outside the U.S. occurred over Brussels, Belgium, in Western Europe. It became known as “the Belgium wave.” It consisted mostly of people seeing triangular-shaped UFOs with bright lights on them flying in the sky mostly over Brussels for several nights. The sightings began in Eupen, Belgium, on November 29, 1989. The entire phenomena lasted for six months through April, 1990. Witnesses said the objects were silent and that although they moved fast and sometimes made very quick maneuvers, there was never a sonic boom. Witnesses took many photographs of these UFOs. They were shown repeatedly on Belgium television and in newspapers.
On one night alone, reportedly 13,500 people on the ground saw such a UFO being chased by two Belgium Air Force F-16s. The object was reported to have (1) three circular lights that appeared brighter than stars, (2) they often changed colors between red, green, and yellow, and (4) they were located on the vertices of a black-colored object shaped as an equilateral triangle.
This chase was photographed. These UFOs appeared several times on both ground radar and the radar in the two airplanes. Three times the pilots of both aircrafts achieved radar lock on the object. Yet the pilots could never see the object even though people on the ground could see it and see the jets chasing it. All three times, only a few seconds after the pilots achieved radar lock the object maneuvered very quickly to escape it. Witnesses on the ground reported that throughout this chase the UFO usually moved slowly through the sky.
The air chase occurred just after midnight and lasted one hour. Nine times the pilots attempted to intercept the object by flying right through it. Soon into the chase, the large triangle-shaped object made some quick maneuvers that produced a smaller flying object of the same shape with lights.
Afterwards, a total of 2,600 witnesses filed individual, written, detailed reports with the Belgium Air Force about what they saw. As so often occurs in reports of UFOs sightings, the object’s estimated speed was much faster than any aircraft known to humans. Experts say the pressure exerted by the object’s immediate change of direction at such fast speeds would have instantly crushed and killed human pilots flying inside it. The Belgium Air Force also filed a report about this incident. The American television series Mysteries Unsolved eventually produced a program about it.