A new video from 39,000 feet altitude circulating social media last week shows a dozen unidentified flying objects (UFOs) flying over the South China Sea near Hong Kong and disappearing into the clouds.
The 53-second video, filmed by a pilot on November 24 and reported by the pilot to the UFO tracking website UFO Stalker on December 4, shows three sets of four mysterious light formations flying in the distance above the clouds.
“I don’t know what that is,” one pilot is heard saying.
“That is some weird shit,” another says.
The mysterious lights appeared to be three sets of three lights, but evolved into four lights in each set.
UFO enthusiasts jumped to speculations, with some insisting that the UFOs appeared to be military flares.
UFO investigator Chris Spitzer said the video appeared to be flares, saying, “1/2 IR flares imo. Each light last for 6″ or 7″, the first ones being released are lower than the last ones as expected, smoke is not always visible as seen with other flare videos and the 3 fighter jets are too small and far away to be visible.”
UFO website ufoofinterest.org tweeted that the video shows “most likely military flares.”
“That video of three rows of ‘UFO’ lights in the South CHina Sea that looks a bit like flares is probably flares – because they actually look EXACTLY like flares,” said Mick West, of Metabunk.
The incident took place the same day the U.S. Department of Defense announced a new division to investigate UFOs, called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).
“Incursions by any airborne object into our SUA pose safety of flight and operations security concerns, and may pose national security challenges. DOD takes reports of incursions – by any airborne object, identified or unidentified – very seriously, and investigates each one,” the DOD said in the announcement.
In April, video surfaced of pyramid-shaped UFOs warming a Navy destroyer surfaced on paranormal research blog Extraordinary Beliefs, who said the videos were part of the DOD’s efforts to document and investigate UFOs.
Extraordinary Beliefs filmmaker and UFO researcher Jeremy Corbell wrote that the footage is part of a classified Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) briefing and that those familiar with the briefing told him about the briefing materials.
According to Corbell, the classified briefing materials state that the multiple “pyramid” shaped objects were observed by the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59) in July 2019.
The incident may be linked to July 2019 incidents in which five different U.S. warships sailing off the coast of California were swarmed by multiple unidentified “drones” over a period of several nights. USS Russell was one of the five ships visited by the unidentified drones.
The U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have been investigating the strange “drone” activity around the U.S. warships, and have confirmed the authenticity of other UFO footage.
In April 2020, the DoD released three official videos showing UAPs, and in August, the department initially launched an official task force dedicated to investigating the phenomena.