Something is afoot in Canada. Earlier this month, a mysterious noise was discovered emanating from the sea floor in Hudson Bay near the Arctic Circle. The Canadian military has so far been unable to put forward a plausible explanation for the strange noise. To make things more mysterious, on November 14 a Porter Airlines flight traveling from Ottawa to Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport was forced to take evasive action while flying over Lake Ontario due to a near miss with an unidentified flying object.
According to reports by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB), flight POE204 was flying at about 9,000 feet (~2750 meters) when pilots spotted the object. Initially, it was believed the object was a balloon, but as the plane drew closer pilots determined it was indeed not a balloon and were forced to take evasive action. Two flight attendants were thrown around the cabin as the plane dodged the object and later taken to a hospital for minor injuries. Flight radar shows the plane making an extreme zig-zag to avoid the object which was initially speculated by the TSB to be a drone.
According to CTV News Ottawa, Porter Airlines issued the following statement following the incident:
The pilots noticed an object in the distance (and) as they approached the object, they realized it was very close to their flight path. The pilot’s’ initial assessment was that it looked like a balloon. After debriefing, there is potential that the object was drone.
However, in a recent statement, the Canadian TSB has recanted their initial speculation and have now stated that the object was definitely not a drone. According to TSB investigators, the object was too far from shore and flying too high to match current commercial drone technology. No other explanation has been put forward by the TSB. Peter Rowntree, a senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, told The Canadian Press that this one might remain a mystery due to a lack of further evidence:
It happened so quick, they have no idea what it was. It’s just something that they knew they were going to hit unless they took evasive action. It happened that quickly. We may never be able to determine what exactly they saw.
Some have speculated that the mysterious ping in Hudson Bay could be a crashed UFO; could this recent fly-by be another extraterrestrial spacecraft come to rescue its fallen comrade? Probably not. It’s likely that more banal causes will be found for both incidents. There’s always hope, though.