An official US report concluded that there is no evidence that UFOs exist but acknowledged that it is difficult to explain the mysterious phenomena observed by military pilots, media reported on Friday.
The Armed Forces and intelligence found no evidence that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) sighted by military pilots were extraterrestrial spacecraft, said that report, according to The New York Times newspaper and other media.
But the report also does not explain dozens of phenomena and incidents, some filmed by pilots, so the existence of aliens cannot be absolutely ruled out.
The New York Times, which cites unidentified senior officials, said the report finds that the majority of about 120 incidents in the past 20 years have nothing to do with the unknown or with US military secrets or government technology.
They are also not related to objects such as research balloons that, for some, would be behind the reports.
Consequently the report does not explain, for example, what US Navy pilots saw when they filmed objects traveling at near hypersonic speeds, spinning and mysteriously disappearing.
The amount of what the Pentagon calls “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) is serious data when US adversaries, such as Russia or China, could be using unknown and highly advanced surveillance technologies.
“We take all incursions into our operational spaces very seriously,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Friday.
“They could have to do with security or national security concerns,” he said, referring to the UAP reports.
The investigation was requested last year and the result will be forwarded to Congress by the end of this month by the national intelligence director.
The main report may be disclosed but will have attachments that will be kept secret.
The report, The Washington Post said, “will not offer firm conclusions about what objects … they could be.”
Interest in the possibility of highly intelligent extraterrestrial life was sparked after the Pentagon released videos last year in which pilots expressed their amazement at unknown objects that were moving quickly.
Added to that were comments from senior officials with access to intelligence reports, including former President Barack Obama, and a report from the CBS 60 Minutes program in which the pilots were questioned about what they had seen.
“The truth is … that there are films and records of objects in the sky that we do not know exactly what they are,” Obama said on May 17 on a television program.
“There are a lot of sightings that have been made public,” John Ratcliffe, intelligence director for eight months under Donald Trump, told Fox News in March.
“There are times when we don’t have good explanations for many things that have been seen,” he said.
Luis Elizondo, who worked on the Pentagon investigation into UAPs and urges disclosure of what is known, said that much of what is seen suggests extremely advanced technology unknown to humans.
“If the information in The New York Times is correct, the objects seen by pilots around the world are far more advanced than any other ground technology known to our intelligence services,” Elizondo said on Twitter on Friday.
“It is time to release the full report, videos and data of what we have seen at the Pentagon,” he added.