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There were 65 UFO sightings in the Toronto area in 2016, a recently released report finds.
This number is down from a year earlier when 78 sightings were reported in 2015.
The 2016 Canadian UFO Survey was produced by Ufology Research, based in Manitoba, with the cooperation of investigators and researchers across the country.
It reported 1,131 UFO sightings in Canada last year; 26.3 per cent were in Ontario. In 2015, 1,267 sightings were reported.
Montreal was the city with the most UFO sightings in 2016 with 73, followed by Vancouver with 70, and Toronto had the third most in the country.
The most popular shape of UFOs reported in 2016 was a simple “point source of light” (57 per cent).
The classic flying saucer was only reported 48 times (five per cent) last year.
The 2016 Toronto cases include a pilot observing a bright light flying above him in the opposite direction on April 15. Air traffic control noted that the nearest air traffic was three miles away, the report states.
At 6:22 a.m. Nov. 14, 2016, a commercial aircraft had a near miss with an object while it was descending. The plane was at an altitude of 8,300 feet about 29 nautical miles east on its initial approach to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
“The flight crew noticed an object directly ahead of their flight path. The object appeared to be solid, approximately five to eight feet in diameter and shaped like an upright doughnut or inner tube,” the report said. “Cabin crew members received minor injuries when evasive action was taken. While the object was not likely a balloon and was suggested to be a drone, it was noted that drones could not fly at that altitude and distance.”