UFO sightings which have been classed as "credible" by curious jet pilots are not being investigated properly by a government unit, documents suggest.
Several strange encounters are reportedly being shelved regularly after being referred to a top-secret department run by the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The claims come after previous classified "event logs" were released to Vice News under Canada’s Access to Information Act.
A number of mysterious sightings which have been flagged to air traffic controllers are described in some of the "secret" files.
An aviation expert claims the reports were not properly looked into, compared to investigations in the US which are conducted by the Pentagon and Congress, reports The Sun.
Jock Williams, a former RCAF fighter pilot, who spent more than three decades in the Canadian military said the sightings get "s*** canned".
“I mean, somebody throws it out. Nobody cares," he said.
“I don’t see any evidence that there’s any kind of in-depth look being taken at any of this kind of stuff, which means that nobody attaches any importance to it."
The files contain one “vital intelligence sighting” reported by the pilot of a Jazz flight over British Columbia's remote coastline back in September 2016.
He reported that he saw “three red lights 3,000 feet above him and going slower” but radar scans didn't detect any other aircraft within 100 miles.
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Despite the sighting being sent to the department for transport and the air force’s secretive Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division in Winnipeg, it is believed that there was no further action, said Vice.
In another report logged from April 2016, a plane just North of Toronto “reported a very bright light pass overhead of them” when “there was no other traffic in the area.”
It was listed as a “UFO report” but due to it being redacted it remains unclear what action was taken.
Another report highlighted concerns from the military of a Qatar Airways flight to Los Angeles who said they saw a “UFO” in broad daylight over western Alberta.
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There were several other reports which included "bright shining lights" and other mysterious sightings in November 2018.
One report which stood out in High Prairie, Alberta highlighted “three red lights in the sky, hovering at the approximate height of a cell phone tower, center light blinking and the other two solid”.
It was raised just hours before an "unknown track" over the Atlantic was detected by a NORAD radar station towards Newfoundland.
It was classed as "suspect" and although fighter jets rushed to the signal to intercept, they could not find anything there.
A report then blamed “spurious data” and said it was an equipment malfunction.
An RCAF spokesman said an aircraft was sent out to investigate but it was later deemed as a “false positive”.
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“This can happen for a number of reasons, from meteorological conditions to flocks of birds, and is not unusual," the statement read.
“It is important to remember that unknown tracks on radar are precisely that: unknown.”
But Williams says the explanation offered in the statement is “possible, but extremely unlikely”.
He said the radar coverage carried out by NORAD means there is "virtually never" only one radar source tracking an object.
Earlier this year, a Pentagon report on UFOs issued a warning that they pose a threat to the US and that it could not rule out an alien origin.
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