Did a News Crew Capture a UFO While Covering the Australian Brushfire?

Did a News Crew Capture a UFO While Covering the Australian Brushfire?

Screenshot of the UFO captures above Australia's widfires

Screenshot of the “UFO” captured above Australia’s widfires

As the Australian brush fires raged in the first part of this month, firefighters may have gotten a little extra hand from out of town. Way out of town.

As one eagle-eyed news hound watched a clip of the wildfires filmed by the International Business Times, his gaze caught an odd, disc shaped object moving through the haze of smoke hanging in the air. After contacting YouTube user HawkkeyDavisChannel about the find, he isolated the clip in question, enhanced it, and came to the conclusion the the object had to be a UFO.

“This is from a news feed on the wildfires in Australia on January 7th, 2013. A viewer watching my videos brought this to my attention and I feel it should be looked at. They seem to always be around extreme weather events. As always you be the judge and please leave your thoughts,” he wrote in the video description.

The oval craft can be seen moving from left to right through the haze of smoke, eventually disappearing behind the tree line.  If you look closely, it almost looks like it’s leaving a trail behind it as it hovers though the sky.


So far, opinions on the footage are mixed. One user believes that we’ve finally found the flaw in the cloaking mechanism used by extraterrestrial craft.

“It seems that we have found the hole in their cloaking device. Any chemical or smoke it seems can allow us to see them more clearly during the day. The same thing happened in London the night of the Olympic opening fireworks.” –James Davis jr

While the majority of viewers swear up and down that the craft couldn’t possibly be man-made, including the video poster himself, it’s hard to not wonder if the craft’s trail could very well be the tail of a helicopter brought in for the purpose of firefighting, or even news coverage.

UFO or Helicopter?

So what do you think? Did a news crew unwitting capture the fly by of an extraterrestrial craft, or was it something more mundane? Watch the video below and decide for yourself.


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  1. R Emmet Lee

    01/19/2013 at 2:03 PM

    There’s a moment or two where “helicopter” seems a distinct possibility, although it’s awfully saucer-like overall. But my first impression when I caught this while watching the original video at the HawkkeyDavisChannel was more like, “Oh, holy shit, what’s that?”

    The camera is angled just perfectly to catch the activity, but it’s pretty clear that the news team had no such intention. There’s also no comment on this, no attempt to address it. Perhaps people in Australia don’t get excited by things like this without an explanation, but an American news team would probably feel obligated to say something about the anomaly… in all likelihood they’d explain it away, but it would at least be addressed at some point.

    The bigger question is: What do UFOs find so interesting about these disaster sites? Remember the quake/tsunami UFOs in Japan? This is part of a very well-attested body of phenomena.

    Lest we forget, in nearly every religion and corpus of mythology known to human kind, the Gods eventually roll in and blow our shit up when we get out of line.

  2. vegemite

    01/20/2013 at 4:25 AM

    It could be a sugar glider or related species, fleeing the fire. Depends how far it is from the camera. Gliders are small usually.

  3. Brian Parsons

    01/20/2013 at 11:07 AM

    I would say without question this is a smear on the lens of the news camera. The “object” follows the pan of the camera and at times the focus and back lighting makes the “object” seem almost invisible. This is just an optical illusion.

    • alanborky

      01/20/2013 at 3:16 PM

      Brian I don’t know what that is but I’ve played it several times and to my eyes at least it tracks across the screen at a much faster rate than the camera pans the sky but even more compellingly its going in and out of visibility is consistent with moving throughs banks of smoke of greater or less density which I suspect a camera smear wouldn’t.

      It could be some type of water dispensing container suspended from a helicopter but again its design and especially motion’s not consistent with what I’ve seen of such things.

      Presumably this’s the original recording rather than something recorded by a viewer who might’ve done a bit of pixel manipulation.

  4. TJW

    01/20/2013 at 9:57 PM


    • Ozzie

      12/26/2013 at 8:05 AM

      Obviously a helicopter, the cameraman is following its path. I have a mate who does this as a navigator for a living and it’s bloody dangerous.

      It’s not a smear, not a sugar glider FFS. Lol

  5. Andrew

    01/21/2013 at 2:34 AM

    Having been in the middle of a number of bushfires, my guess would be that this is either a firefighting Skycrane helicopter (they look very “squarish”) or a bucket full of water suspended below a helicopter ready to be dumped on the fire (hence the “trail” behind the object).

    During bushfires, helicopters and planes are generally flying all about dumping water on the flames.


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