Never before seen footage of Fife Symington, 71, who was governor of Arizona from 1990 to 1998, reveals he was a witness to one of the world’s biggest ever mass UFO sightings, and he believes it was extraterrestrial.
The Phoenix Lights incident remains one of the world’s most perplexing mass UFO sightings on record, and still causes intrigue among the alien research community, even though many sceptics claim to have debunked the case.
It became a phenomenon in March 13 1997 when thousands of people reported seeing huge triangular UFOs drifting over Arizona and the city of Phoenix.
The size of them varied from a Boeing 747 to multiple football fields.
Mr Symignton made the confession during an interview with UFO investigator James Fox in 2006.
But now Mr Fox has released never before seen footage from the interview to coincide with it being the twentieth anniversary year.
In the newly-released footage, Symington says he believes the UFO sighting was escalated up the chain of command.
He said: “Issues like this go up the chain of command all the way to the Pentagon.
“We called the Pentagon…I think they knew there had been sightings, but they weren’t talking about it.”
Mr Symington described the official Air Force explanation – that the UFOs were flares – as “total bunk.”
He said: “I have seen high altitude flares before. There is no way they were flares.
“It has never been explained.”
During the interview, Mr Fox said some people criticised Mr Symington’s own handling of the incident at the time.
This prompted the former governor to open up about being a witness.
Scott Brando runs website ufoofinterest.org which exposes hoax UFO sightings.
He says the Phoenix Lights Incident was explained as aircraft and military flares.
He told Express.co.uk: “The Phoenix lights were explained with two different events. The first was the flight of five planes in V-shape formation.
“This is what the witness saw in that day.
“The second event was the launch of military flares over Estrella mountains.”
Referring to triangle UFOs generally, he added: “About other similar sightings I’d like to see some reports by MUFON, however many formation of sky lanterns or the launch of skydivers.
“Golden Knights were often mistaken for UFOs.”
Last month Hollywood legend Kurt Russell revealed on the BBC One Show that he had seen the Phoenix Lights as he landed at an airport on the night of the incident.