The 1996 South African Police UFO Chase Incident (A Review)

Another very feasible and credible South African UFO Case in Review.

The 1996 South African Police UFO Chase Incident - Depiction only
The 1996 South African Police UFO Chase Incident – Depiction only (click for larger image)

There are multiple witnesses, including several Police officers, as well as actual footage of the UFO.

Two of the Police officers are also interviewed on camera, including the police helicopter pilot.

Sequence of Events:

Wednesday, 18 August 1996 at 4:00 a.m.: Witnesses spot a bright disc-shaped UFO over Erasmuskloof, a suburb of Pretoria.

Disc on the skyline - Source: SABC-TV News
Disc on the skyline – Source: SABC-TV News (click for larger image)

The UFO is then seen by multiple police officers on the ground at Adriaan Vlok Police Station.

The disc up close - Source: SABC-TV News
The disc up close – Source: SABC-TV News (click for larger image)

Eye-witness Police Sgt. Nico Becker later describes the UFO as “a disc-shaped object slightly glowing. We also noticed what looked like a red triangular light on the disc.”

Police Sgt. Nico Becker - Source: SABC-TV News
Police Sgt. Nico Becker – Source: SABC-TV News

Calls for back-up initially are laughed at, but as more reports come in from Centurion, another suburb of Pretoria, the South African Police respond sending in their Flying Squad (SWAT team) together with a police helicopter to give chase.

South African Police Bo-105 Chopper - Source: surfacezero.com
South African Police Bo-105 Chopper – Source: surfacezero.com (click for larger image)

The helicopter is piloted by Supt. Fred Vijoen with four officers aboard.

Supt. Fred Viljoen - Source: SABC-TV News
Supt. Fred Viljoen – Source: SABC-TV News

Meanwhile the police on the ground watch the hovering UFO for 90 minutes. One officer, Sgt. Nico Becker, shoots videotape of the object.

Disc on the skyline - Source: SABC-TV News
Disc on the skyline – Source: SABC-TV News (click for larger image)

Supt. Vijoen in an interview with SABC-TV afterwards:

“… a bright light above Mamelodi, a township near Pretoria, about 70 degrees above the horizon. It is the first time in my life I’ve ever seen anything like this. At first I thought it was a joke when I was called out, but soon came to realize that this was something I had never experienced before.”

The 1996 South African Police UFO Chase Incident - Depiction only
The 1996 South African Police UFO Chase Incident – Depiction only (click for larger image)

“We were going after it full speed, and it still outran us. What was very unusual were the undulating motions of the craft. I followed the white disk with the unusual flight patterns in the direction of Cullinan. It traveled at a high speed. We could not keep up with it, and eventually had to give up when lack of fuel became a problem.”

A look at the location of this incident as well as others I have featured - Source: Google Earth
A look at the location of this incident as well as others I have featured – Source: Google Earth (click for larger image)
A close-up look at the location of this incident - Source: Google Earth
A close-up look at the location of this incident – Source: Google Earth (click for larger image)

My Conclusion

  • Multiple police officers witnessed the UFO from the ground and from the air.
  • Multiple calls reporting the incident were made to the police.
  • The Bo-105 helicopter was dispatched together with the Flying Squad, so this incident was deemed serious.
  • The top speed of a Bo-105 Helicopter is close to 272 km/h and the UFO they chased out-manoeuvred and outran them.
  • The UFO they tried to chase down was not a balloon, advertising blimp or airship as these do not out-manoeuvred and out-ran helicopters.
  • Police officers are trained observers and would not report a UFO unless they are certain it is unidentified.
  • This remains a highly credible case and deserves further investigation.

Sources:

1996 – South Africa Police Chase/Film UFO:
https://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/videopretoriasouthafrica.html

Bo-105 Helicopter:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBB_Bo_105

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