From Voldemort to Dirty Jets: UFO Footage From Plane Window Stirs Theories
Footage taken from a plane window of an unknown object seen in the sky over Turkey has gone viral, spurning a variety of theories.
“Just flew over Turkey somewhere over Izmir and Khios Aegean sea, heading into Athens around 4.30pm today Wed 21 March 2018,” wrote Australian Kerry Forides on his YouTube post.
“It appears to be flying away at right angles from our commercial jet and somehow without either of us appearing to turn we end up almost following it.”
The video soon attracted the interest of UFO hunters and debunkers, racking up over 340,000 views in a week.
Forides noted on Facebook there were striking similarities between what he observed during his flight and what was featured in an article which covered a UFO sighting in Switzerland.
That sighting, comprising of only a photograph was dismissed by many as just a contrail from a jet.
Contrails are the characteristic tracer lines seen following aircraft, created by the sudden change in pressure created by a jet engine or a fast-moving wing. The shift in pressure causes the moisture in the air to condense into the white cloud, like breathing into cold air.
With the flight over Turkey being relatively close to the war zone around Syria, many suggest the most likely explanation is that the phenomenon was a contrail from a military aircraft, possibly even a missile.
Forides himself wrote that he overall agreed with the suggestion that it was a contrail. “I thought it was a propelled vehicle of some kind but it was awfully close, and had a really dirty jet stream.”
A few commenters said it was probably an elderly F4 Phantom II, with an older engine, known for being “smokey” and also still currently used by the Greek air force.
Others had more light-hearted suggestions.
“That’s just the dark lord chasing Harry,” wrote one commentator.
Credit: Kerry Forides via Storyful