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What Was Large “Balloon”-Shaped Aerial Object Over
Lake Ontario That Forced Pilots to Dive Below It On November 14th?

© 2016 by Linda Moulton Howe


“We've got our work cut out trying to figure out what this unidentified flying
object was. What did the pilots encounter? It definitely wasn't a bird.
It was a fairly large (balloon-like) object.”

- Peter Rowntree, Canada's Sr. Regional Air Safety Board Investigator


Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario make up the Great Lakes between
the United States and Canada. Toronto sets on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario
that has a long history of UFO sightings. Map © by


November 15, 2016 Toronto, Canada - The Great Lakes between the United States and Canada have been one of the UFO hotspots in North American history of unidentified flying objects. One of the most famous cases on record was the disappearance of a jet and its pilot and radar operator over Lake Superior on November 23, 1953. That evening, one of Kinross AFB's radar controllers had an "unidentified target" over Lake Superior. An F-89C Scorpion jet was scrambled from Kinross AFB to check the unidentified out. Radar controllers kept watching as the F-89 and its two-man crew of pilot Felix Moncla and radar operator Robert Wilson, flew closer to the UFO. Then, to their amazement, the UFO blip and the F-89 blip on the radar screen merged. That jet and its crew were never found.

Over the decades since, there have been dozens of UFO reports from all the Great Lakes. But perhaps Lake Ontario near Toronto, Canada, has become most associated with persistent aerial unknowns. Now on Monday, November 14, 2016, comes another high strangeness aerial event over Lake Ontario.

A Porter Airlines plane, shown taking off from Toronto's Island Airport on Friday,
November 11, 2016, photographed by Chris Young, The Canadian Press
and reprinted by, Monday, November 14, 2016.

The's Ottawa Bureau reporter Bruce Campion-Smith reports that “the pilots of a Porter Airlines flight inbound to Toronto on Monday morning, November 14, 2016, (carrying 54 passengers) were forced to put their plane into a sudden dive to avoid a mid-air collision with an unidentified object high over Lake Ontario, causing minor injuries to two flight attendants. None of the passengers were injured. Now investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada admit they have a puzzle on their hands to determine exactly what the pilots had to avoid.”

Canada's Senior Regional Air Safety Board investigator Peter Rowntree reported that the Porter Airliner was traveling about 280 mph (450 kph). He said, “Nobody knows at this point. It happened so quick. The two pilots essentially just pushed the nose down to get underneath it. We've got our work cut out trying to figure out what this unidentified flying object was. What did the pilots encounter? It definitely wasn't a bird. It was a fairly large, (balloon-like) object.” The pilots estimated up to three meters wide ( 9.8 feet) and round like the shape of a balloon.


UFO? Or Drone? Or?

Because of the round shape, the two pilots at first believe the object was a huge balloon. But after landing and talking with investigators, the possibility of some type of human aerial drone has become a focus. This near miss was estimated to have taken place at 2,743 meters up (9,000 feet). Canada has implemented rules to restrict the use of drones around airports and at higher altitudes to try to cut down the risk of collisions between planes landing and taking off and whatever drone types are now in the skies.

But the President of Canada's Air Line Pilots Association International board, Dan Adamus, said: “I don't believe the word is getting out (about the increasing collision danger risks with aerial drones). That's the problem. People just look up in the sky and they don't understand it's airspace that aircraft use. It's only a matter of time before — and you hate to say it — an airplane is going to hit a drone.”

If viewers have any further information about the unidentified aerial object over Lake Ontario on Monday morning, November 14, 2016, that the Porter Airliner crew escaped collision by a quick dive under the round, strange object, please email [email protected]. All requests for confidentiality are honored.


Also see UFO interactions with terrestrial airplanes in:
Part 12: Inside Saucer Post ...3-0 Blue © 1957 by Leonard Stringfield.

More Information:

For further information about UFO reports in Great Lakes, please see reports in the Earthfiles Archive organized in chronological order from 1999 to 2016 ongoing.

• 01/05/2012 — Part 4: High Strangeness Multi-Colored Aerial Lights Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 01/03/2012 — Part 2: High Strangeness Lights in Lytle Creek, California
• 12/31/2011 — Updated - Part 1: Earthfiles Mail About High Strangeness
• 12/23/2011 — Part 3: More Multi-Colored Aerial “Symbols” Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 12/12/2011 — Part 2: More Multi-Colored Aerial “Symbols”- This Time Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 12/08/2011 — Part 1: More Multi-Colored Aerial “Symbols” - This Time Above Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• 11/18/2009 — Part 1: More New Zealand Metal Spheres Under Project Moon Dust
• 11/19/2008 — Part 9: Army/CIA Unit Studied the Real UFO Blue Book Cases
• 10/07/2006 — Updated: 1953 Kinross AFB Mystery: F-89 Found in Lake Superior
• 03/23/2006 — Part 2: U.S. Navy Chief Yeoman Describes "Extraterrestrial Biological Entities" in TOP SECRET/MAJIC Photographs
• 04/11/2006 — Part 17 - Peculiar Phenomenon: Early United States Efforts to Collect and Analyze Flying Discs
• 03/17/2006 — Part 1: U.S. Navy Chief Yeoman Describes "Extraterrestrial Biological Entities" in TOP SECRET/MAJIC Photographs


Kinross AFB Jet Disappearance November 23, 1953:

History of Lake Ontario "Shining Waters" UFOs:–-historical-perspective

"Porter Plane Narrowly Avoids Collision With Mystery Object," November 14, 2016,

Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:


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