Over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school in Australia, reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.
Around 11:00 am, for about 20 minutes, more than 200 students and teachers at the Victorian state school allegedly witnessed an unexplained flying object which descended into a nearby open wild grass field. The paddock was adjacent to a grove of pine trees in an area known as The Grange (now a nature reserve). An object, described as being a grey saucer-shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car, was alleged to have been seen with it being pursued by a number of light aircraft.
In the 54 years since the incident occurred there has been worldwide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was absolutely an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.
An Australian UFO researcher and photographer, James J. Kibel, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.
The recording was then sent to American physicist, Dr James E. McDonald, who is well known for his research into UFOs.
“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,” Mr Kibel 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.”
When he went outside he noticed a group of children looking towards the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.
Mr Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.
According to Mr Kibel, 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,” Mr Kibel said.
“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 Mr Greenwood said 350 children and staff were watching on.
Suddenly the UFO shot away and vanished within seconds and it was at this point the headmaster came out and ordered everyone to go back to class.
Over the years there were reports that the government tried to cover up the incident and stop witnesses from talking, but Mr Greenwood claimed it was the headmaster that first tried to quash 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,” Mr Kibel said.
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’,” Mr Kibel said.
There have been claims from several witnesses that sharply dressed men in black suits visited them and warned them from speaking about the incident.
Mr Kibel’s description of his interview with Mr Greenwood offers a rare insight into the events from the eyes of someone who was an adult at the time.
There continues to be speculation over what actually happened and the site of the encounter has been turned into a memorial park to reflect the 1966 Westall UFO Incident.
The Westall 1966 Incident remains one of Australia’s greatest unsolved UFO cases.