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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 12 April 1969 around mid day pilot of Finnish Air Force Jouko Kuronen was rolling on the air port at Pori preparing for take off. Moments before take off he heard from the radio conversation between Air traffic control and pilot Tarmo Tukeva who was already in the air. "Hey 286, stop your dive and go to check those seven balloons above you.” Jet pilot Tarmo Tukeva flies to check “balloons” and sees seven stationary objects about 1500 – 3000 m above the air port. On the ground Jouko Kuronen turns his plane so that he can see the objects also. He sees seven disc shaped objects above the air port. When Tarmo Tukeva flies closer the objects the objects started to accelerate rabidly towards north and Fouga Magister jet flying 700 km/h couldn't keep up with their speed.[6][7][8] Only a minute[9] or couple of minutes[10] later objects were seen again with radar about 200 km norther in Vaasa. Wind was blowing heavily from the north, day was bright and it was clear weather.[11][12][13]



  • 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.[14]
  • 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.


  • Coyame UFO incident – on 25 August an object collided with an aircraft near Coyame, Chihuahua in Mexico near the USA border.


  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]


  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18]








  • 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.[22]


  • 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.[23] 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.[24]



  • On 19 March 2014, at about 0913 Western Standard Time (WST), a De Havilland DHC-8, registered VH-XFX, was on approach to Perth Airport from Kambalda, Western Australia. When about 23 km north-northeast of Perth, at about 3,800 ft above mean sea level (AMSL), the crew sighted a bright strobe light directly in front of the aircraft. The light appeared to track towards the aircraft and the crew realised that the light was on an unknown object, possibly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The pilot took evasive action turning towards the west to avoid a collision with the object. The object passed about 20 m horizontally and 100 ft vertically from the aircraft. The pilot reported that the object was cylindrical in shape and grey in colour. Australian Defence Force was not operating UAVs and was not aware of any UAV operations in the area at the time of the incident. The ATSB was not able to confirm the details of the object or identify any UAV operator in the area at that time.[25]

See also


  1. ^ Zuider Zee orange disc in 1942
  2. ^ Operation Mainbrace
  3. ^ James Salandin 1954
  4. ^ 1959 DC-6 airliner
  5. ^ Japan 1965 encounter
  6. ^ Ruotuväki 50. vuos1098) 3.5.2012 p. 9
  7. ^ Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 4.10.2008
  8. ^ Jets encounter UFOs over Finland 1969
  9. ^ Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 4.10.2008
  10. ^ Ruotuväki 50. vuosikerta n:o 9 (1098) 3.5.2012 p. 9
  11. ^ Ruotuväki 50. vuosikerta n:o 9 (1098) 3.5.2012 p. 9
  12. ^ Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 4.10.2008
  13. ^ Jets encounter UFOs over Finland 1969
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Radio 4 report 1977
  16. ^ Tehran 1976
  17. ^ 1977 French sighting
  18. ^ Valentich disappearance
  19. ^ Scotsman March 2009
  20. ^ Zaghetti
  21. ^ Zaghetti near miss - Daily Telegraph
  22. ^ Reims sighting in January 1994
  23. ^ Manchester 1995 near miss
  24. ^ UFOs hits Romanian Plane
  25. ^ Near collision between an unknown object and a De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX 2015 From Nepal most of people saw a huge mass like egg structure flying for 1 min over janakpur,dhanusha

External links

  • 2008 MOD files

Video clips

  • October 2008Sky News
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