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Friday, January 31, 2014

The UFO landing witnessed by over 200 students in Westall, Australia


The UFO landing sighted by the largest crowd in the history of Australia (or perhaps in the world) occurred in the Melbourne suburb of Westall. This sighting has become one of Australia's most compelling UFO mysteries and one of the most intriguing on record. Unlike most UFO sightings, the object(s) was observed by a large number of over 200 credible eyewitnesses from two schools in broad daylight for 20 minutes. This incident attracted a forceful response from police and the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force).

The story:

On Wednesday, April 6, 1966, at approximately 11:00 am (11.00 hours), in the Melbourne suburb of Westall in Victoria (Australia), a class of students and a teacher from Westall High School were just completing a sporting event on the school playground and beginning their morning break when they suddenly spotted an unidentified object flying overhead at low level . The object was described as being a silver-gray saucer shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car.

The children went outside into the school yard running uncontrollably, pointing upward and hysterically shouting, "Oh look up in the sky a flying saucer!" The disk shaped object flew low over some Electricity Pylons and began to descend and then overflew the high school's southwest corner, going in a southeasterly direction. It ceased to be seen after it dropped behind a nearby grove of pine trees where there is a paddock (pasture in the U.S.), an area known as The Grange (now a nature reserve called "Grange Reserve"). This landing site was in front of another school, a primary (elementary in U.S.) school called Westall State School.

A crowd that now totaled over 200 spectators from the two schools assembled outside to see the unusual object.  Dozens of students jumped a fence and ran across what was then an open field to see the landed UFO. 

Two girl students that ran toward where the UFO had landed reached it before the other students and were found in a collapsed and dazed state. An ambulance was called and one of them was taken away to the hospital. The reason for these girls to faint is unknown to this day since they were very fit and were the leading athletes in the school who could outrun almost all the others. Apart from that no one else was hurt in the incident.

Some of the other students that arrived immediately after them saw it on the ground before taking off on a northwesterly direction. As the object gained altitude, some accounts assert that five light aircrafts surrounded it and pursued it from the area.

A few students telephoned the local newspapers and TV stations and they sent reporters to the schools. These media groups called the police and in turn the police called the local RAAF military base. The students and staff had witnessed the whole incident for 20 minutes.

At the Moorabbin Airport, which is 4.76 kilometers (about 3 miles) southwest from the location, investigators were unable to find any record of the five light aircrafts that allegedly pursued the UFO and no aircraft from that airport entered the airspace around Westall. The RAAF also reported no military activity in that area (including the UFO). The provenance of the light aircraft was also never resolved.

Was there more than one UFO?

There were reports from some witnesses that there were more than one UFO and the largest one flew over and along some large Electricity Pylons before landing on a pasture behind a nearby grove of pine trees. The UFO happened to land in front of another school (an elementary school). It was further reported that there were two other smaller crafts of similar design that hovered over (but did not land) the dirt roadway at the front of the elementary school.  Further reports suggest that the larger main craft that landed in the pasture may have had some sort of problems and that the two smaller crafts were there to assist it. For approximately 20 minutes a crowd that totaled over 200 spectators from both schools witnessed the whole incident. They subsequently watched as the larger UFO climbed at high speed and departed toward the northwest.

None of the witnesses said that they saw any aliens or any people in or around any of the UFOs. It was suggested that if there were in fact any beings inside, they would not have been able to stand up due to the height of the craft which was no higher than an average family car. The craft being round and large at the base but lacking in height like the saucer of an upside down tea cup. 


Most of the witnesses were school pupils who say they saw flying saucers from their school yards. Some ran to the paddock (pasture), where the craft appeared to have come down.

Terry Peck, now 56, was one of the witnesses. She says she was playing cricket on the oval (cricket field), saw the saucer and chased after it to the pasture. She stated as follows:

"Two girls were there before me. One was terribly upset and they were pale, really white, ghostly white. They just said they had passed out, fainted. One was taken to hospital in an ambulance."

Terry Peck
Ms. Peck says she saw a silver, classic-shape saucer rise up.

"I was about 6 meters away from it. It was bigger than a car and circular. I think I saw some lights underneath it. We all got called to an assembly... and they told us all to keep quiet. I'd absolutely just like someone to come forward from the services just to say 'yes, it did happen, and it landed and there was a cover-up'.''

Jacqueline Argent, now 58, says she saw a UFO from the oval and was one of the first three kids over the fence looking for where it had come down. She stated as follows:

"Originally I thought it must have been an experimental-type aircraft, but nothing has emerged like that after all these years.''

She says she was called into the headmaster's (principal in the U.S.) office and was interrogated by three men: "They had good-quality suits and were well-spoken. They said, 'I suppose you saw little green men'?

"I spoke to my parents about it at the time and they were pretty outraged.''

One of the closest witnesses was a boy whose family leased land at the Grange Reserve for horses. Shaun Matthews (not a student at Westall) was on holidays and spending time on the land.

"I saw the thing come across the horizon and drop down behind the pine trees. I couldn't tell what it was. It certainly wasn't a light aircraft or anything of the like …

"I saw the thing drop down behind the pine trees and saw it leave again. I couldn't tell you how long it was there for, it were such a long time ago." Mr. Matthews, 51 and now living in Greenvale, said the object "went up and off very very rapidly".

"I went over and there was a circle in the clearing. It looked like it had been cooked or boiled, not burnt as I remember," he said. "A heap of kids from Westall primary and high school came charging through to see what had happened — 'look at this, look at that, we saw it as well', that sort of thing. It was a bit of a talking point for a couple of days."

Mr. Matthews said the object, about the size of "two family cars", passed him at a distance of about "four football fields". "It was silvery, but it had a sort-of purple hue to it, very bright, but not bright enough that you couldn't look at it," he said.

"I saw that it dropped down behind the trees, and I thought, 'hello, hang on'. A minute or so later, it went straight up, just gone."

He said police and other officials interviewed his mother. But he cannot remember them burning the landing site, as others have alleged. And he did not see any light aircraft trailing the object, as others did.

"The way this thing moved there is no way it could have been a weather balloon or a light aircraft," he said:

"A helicopter? No way — no noise, wrong shape, and it didn't move like it. It came out of the distance, stopped, and then just dropped. It didn't just sort of cruise and then slightly descend at an angle. It just stopped, dropped, and then went straight up."

Shortly afterwards, one to three circular patches of grass were seen by many witnesses in the pasture. Later, uniformed men, thought to have been police and military personnel (Air Force, according to some accounts), were seen attending the scene. After taking various measurements, some have reported that these uniformed men burnt the pasture to hide the circles made by the UFOs. Some witnesses reported being spoken to, or later visited by, these personnel. Some say that both students and staff were told not to discuss the incident, while some students reported being disciplined for speaking out.


This object(s) was viewed for about 20 minutes in broad daylight by a crowd of over 200 people. The students and teachers were familiar with light aircraft because both schools were close to Moorabbin Airport, which is 4.76 kilometers (about 3 miles) away. Although the UFO was of similar size, everyone said straight away that they knew it was neither a plane nor a weather balloon.

Many of the people involved in this incident are still alive, and some still live in the area. They have stuck to what they had experienced to this day despite the government’s threats to cover it up and skeptics’ contradictions.  

The Victorian UFO Research Society investigated the incident. VUFORS secretary Tony Cook said Westall remained one of Australia's major unexplained UFO cases. The top one was the case of Frederick Valentich, a 20-year-old Melbourne pilot whose light aircraft disappeared while flying over Bass Strait in 1978.

In the last minutes of radio communication, Valentich reported seeing a UFO hovering above his plane. He and his craft were never recovered.

"It's pretty well documented," Mr. Cook said. "That's probably the most important one because it involves the disappearance of a person."


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