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List of alleged aircraft–UFO incidents and near misses

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List of alleged aircraft–UFO incidents and near misses

Alleged aircraft-UFO incidents and near misses involve incidents whereby plane pilots have come into visual contact with unidentified flying objects. Sometimes these have involved near misses.




  • Mantell UFO incident – on 7 January an unidentified object was seen by four P-51 Mustangs over Maysville, Kentucky. The pilot of one of the Mustangs, Captain Thomas F. Mantell, died when his aircraft spiraled to the ground after he attempted to climb above 25,000 feet.







  • Lakenheath-Bentwaters incident – on 13 August, 12 to 15 objects were picked up by USAF radar over East Anglia. One object was tracked at more than 4,000 mph by USAF GCA radar at RAF Bentwaters. The objects sometimes travelled in formation, then converged to form a larger object and performed sharp turns. One object was tracked for 26 miles which then hovered for five minutes then flew off. One object at 10pm was tracked at 12,000 mph. RAF de Havilland Venoms from RAF Waterbeach had sightings of the objects.







  • On April 24, a Soviet bomber disappeared on its flight from Moscow to Vladivostok without a trace. On the same day several UFOs were observed in the area of the Soviet-Chinese border, which could not be shot down by the Russian military.[6]
  • William Schaffner on 8 September intercepted an unknown object over the North Sea. His BAC Lightning was later retrieved from the sea bottom, but no trace of Schaffner was found.
  • On September 21 at 20:01pm The Emergency controller at West Drayton was informed of two reports of a great ball of fire seen by pilots flying over the North Sea.



  • On 30 July at 8pm, 42 year old Captain Dennis Wood and his crew in a British Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident from Edinburgh to Faro saw objects near Lisbon, seen by all passengers on board. They looked "due west and saw an incredibly brilliant white object", which "took off vertically at very high speed and disappeared". The pilots were alerted by the radar operator at Lisbon who picked up two unknown objects. It was observed for around eight minutes. An astrophysicist, Dr David Ramsden, from the University of Southampton believed it was a large research balloon that was released on 29 July and drifted from Italy to America.[7]
  • 1976 Tehran UFO incident – on 19 September over an area 40 miles north of Tehran two F-4 Phantom IIs from Hamedan Air Base (Shahrokhi) attempted to intercept an unknown object seen on ground radar. When closing in on the target, all the plane's communications systems would not work, which regained their function when the plane turned away from the unknown object. Another object emerged from the main unknown object and headed towards the intercepting planes. The pilots tried to discharge an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile but when engaging their weapons system, it would momentarily not lock-on to the target or even function until the planes changed to a less hostile course.[8]


  • On 7 March a Dassault Mirage IV piloted by Major René Giraud and navigated by Captain Jean Paul Abraham was returning to Luxeuil Air Base when at 8pm they encountered an unknown object over Chaumont, Haute-Marne. It was reported to the air traffic control at Contrexéville and it briefly followed the aircraft twice, although nothing was noticed on radar.[9]
  • The Operation Saucer in Brazil.


  • Valentich disappearance – on 21 October, 20 year old Frederick Valentich was piloting a Cessna 182 over Bass Strait in Australia when he was "buzzed" by an unknown object with four bright lights about 1000 ft above him and reported this to air traffic controllers at Melbourne with his last message being it's not an aircraft.[10]








  • On 28 January on Air France Flight AF3532 in an Airbus A320 flying from Nice to London, Jean-Charles Duboc saw an unusual object near Paris at around 1pm which looked like a huge red-brown disc at 35,000 ft of approximately 800 ft in diameter. The object was reported to air traffic control at Reims in Champagne-Ardenne, and was determined to be close to Taverny Air Base, the headquarters of the French Air Force. It was stationary in the sky for around one minute then disappeared in around 10–20 seconds.[14]


  • On 6 January pilots aboard a Boeing 737 on British Airways Flight BA5061 from Milan saw an object on their descent to Manchester at 4,000 ft when over the southern Pennines.[15] The object resembled a Christmas tree, being covered with white lights. It was not picked up by radar.




  • 2007 Alderney UFO sighting – two huge craft observed near Alderney and Guernsey respectively
  • 2007 Romania UFO incident - a Romanian military plane taking off from Gherla almost hit two solid entities which could not be identified.[16]

See also

  • List of UFO sightings


External links

  • 2008 MOD files

Video clips

  • October 2008
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