Canadian military fails to follow up on reports, VICE news says. “These guys are getting paid one way or the other. They might as well be investigating.”

Just after midnight on Sept. 20, 2016, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) squadron in Ontario received a call from Vancouver air traffic controllers about a “vital intelligence sighting.” Approximately 20 minutes earlier, an Air Canada Express pilot flying to the city reported “3 red lights 3,000 feet above him and going slower” while 25 thousand feet over an uninhabited stretch of British Columbia’s rugged north coast. VICE News reports.

According to declassified documents acquired by Motherboard, the RCAF reviewed radar data, but found nothing near the plane. Within an hour, reports had been faxed to the Canadian government’s transportation department and the air force’s secretive Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division in Winnipeg. There appears to have been no further follow-up.

“I don’t dispute they saw the strange light,” aviation consultant and former RCAF fighter pilot John ‘Jock’ Williams told Motherboard. “And it may or may not be of strange origin—who knows? But all I know is I’m not impressed with the level of investigation.”

Through Canada’s Access to Information Act, Motherboard has obtained multiple “daily log” files from the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS), which is responsible for identifying and monitoring air traffic approaching North America under NORAD, the joint Canada-U.S. defence group. Once classified “secret,” the digital logbook entries detail CADS’ day-to-day operations and confirm that while the Canadian air force documents UFO sightings, it generally does little with reports.

“You have evidence of the fact that they’re aware of this kind of stuff; at the same time, you have evidence of the fact that nothing is happening,” Williams, who spent 36 years in the Canadian Forces, said. “These guys are getting paid one way or the other. They might as well be investigating.”

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