New audio reveals spooky new details of the day in 1966 when 300 school pupils...
...witnessed saucer-shaped UFO flying over their playing fields in Australia's largest mass sighting
- At least one 'flying saucer' was seen near Westall High School in Clayton
- It was described as a 'round humped' grey or silver-grey object with a flat base
- A teacher at that time spoke with American physicist, Dr James E. McDonald
Over five decades after 300 pupils and staff at an Australian school witnessed unidentified flying objects landing in a field, rare audio reveals new information about the spooky incident.
Back in 1966, papers carried stories about the largest mass UFO sightings in Australia after reports of at least one flying saucer near Westall High School in Clayton, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria.
Children and staff were said to have seen a 'round humped object with a flat base being circled by what appeared to be light aircraft'.
It was described as grey or silver-grey in colour, but it was not known whether the UFO appeared high or low in the sky, or for how long it was seen by those at the school, according to reports at the time.
Photograph of the supposed Westall UFO encounter where more than 300 students and teachers at two Victorian state schools allegedly witnessed an unexplained flying object which descended into a nearby open wild grass field, 1966
There was also confusion over whether there was just one UFO or several, as some people described seeing three saucer-like objects.
One newspaper report in the 1960s said that several children who saw the flying saucer 'collapsed and became ill with fright'.
The Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society took the mystery so seriously that it paid for an advertisement in a local paper, calling for eyewitnesses to give descriptions of the incident.
And after decades of speculation, an intriguing piece of audio has re-surfaced – featuring an interview conducted by an American physicist, Dr James E. McDonald, who was known for his study of UFOs, according to Fox News.
He spoke with a science teacher from Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who saw the incident.
McDonald's description of this interview has helped provide a rare insight into the mysterious event, from someone who was an adult at the time.
He recorded himself describing their meeting and the unusual details the teacher gave about his experience.
'Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him there's a flying saucer outside,' McDonald said.
'He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didn't take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.'
Upon venturing outside, he saw a group of pupils looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them, he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.
Greenwood described it during the interview as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.
According to the physicist, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.
'He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life,' McDonald added.
'The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.
'Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again and the same thing would happen.'
This game of 'cat and mouse' reportedly went on for about 20 minutes and by this time Greenwood said that 350 children and staff were watching on.
Suddenly the UFO flew away and vanished seconds before the headmaster came out and ushered everyone back to class.
Over the decades there have been reports that the government tried to cover up the incident and prevent witnesses from talking about it, but the physicist claimed it was the headmaster who first tried to squash discussion of the incident.
'He gave the school a lecture and told the children they would be severely punished if they talked about this matter and told the staff they could lose their jobs if they mentioned it at all,' McDonald explained.
The teacher claimed the headmaster was so 'scared' and 'disturbed' by the incident that he had refused to come outside until the object was gone.
'When the Royal Australian Airforce contacted the headmaster he told them to "go and jump in a lake",' McDonald said.
Several witnesses claimed that men in black suits visited them and warned them against speaking about the landing.
McDonald said that at the time of seeing the UFO, Greenwood 'was a complete skeptic himself. He had never even considered the possibility of their existence.
'When he asked the physical education teacher to describe what she had seen herself so that he could compare it with his own observation, she just wouldn't say anything.'
A newspaper report around the time described the sighting as ‘important’, particularly as circular patches were found where the grass had been flattened, adding to the mystery.
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