The Chicago O’Hare Incident
(Nov. 7, 2006)
While written off as sheer lunacy or a
tired old joke, (by those who didn’t witness it) a strange saucer-like
object hovered over O’Hare International Airport for several minutes on
the afternoon of November 7, 2006.
This incident occurred during daylight
hours at about 4:30 p.m. just before sunset, in full view of at least a
dozen United Airlines employees, some of them pilots. Each witness
(independently) described the hovering object as dark gray and very well
defined against a low cloud cover. Some said it appeared to be
spinning while others said it didn’t appear to be rotating. All agreed
however, that it did not make any sound and that it did not display any
The object was estimated to be about 24
feet in diameter and hovering in a fixed position in the sky at about
1,500 feet, directly over Concourse C gate C17. According to
witnesses, after several minutes the object simply shot straight up into
the sky with such velocity that it punched an eerie hole in the clouds
that remained open for a minute or two.
While many of the witnesses were a bit
shaken by the experience, they were also perplexed as to why the
government, the airline, or anyone else in power at the “Worlds Busiest
Airport” is unwilling to investigate the incident. (Logically thinking,
an object hovering in restricted airspace presents a safety issue.)
Additionally, these otherwise credible witnesses were subjected to
ridicule with the suggestions that it was just a weather balloon,
another aircraft, trick of light, or simply a weather phenomenon.
Still the witnesses, including several
pilots, reaffirmed that they were certain that based on the objects
flight characteristics and appearance that it was not an airplane,
helicopter, weather balloon, or any other craft known to man.
One airline employee who was sitting in
the cockpit of a Boeing 777 said, “I know that what I saw and what a lot
of other people saw stood out very clearly, and it definitely was not an
aircraft.” A United manager said he ran out of his office in Concourse
B after hearing the report on an internal airline radio frequency. “I
stood outside in the gate area not knowing what to think, just trying to
figure out what it was.”
Initially, the airline and FAA officials
said that they had no report or record of any alleged UFO incident on
Nov. 7, the FAA, however, quickly back tracked when the Chicago Tribune
filed a Freedom of Information Act request. The inquiry then revealed
that a call had been made by a United Airlines supervisor to an FAA
manager, asking if controllers had spotted the mysterious elliptical
object. The FAA maintained that none of its controllers saw anything
and that a ‘preliminary review’ of radar logs shows nothing out of the
The FAA is not conducting further
investigation. Airline officials advised their employees to refrain
from speaking about what they saw.
Dr. Von Zuko 2007©
Flight 1628 Incident
17th of 1986, a Japanese, 747 Jumbo Jet flying over Alaska was followed by a
trio of unidentified objects for nearly an hour. This incident gained
international attention when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
announced that due to the nature of the evidence, they were initiating an
“Official Investigation” into the sighting.
In addition to the testimony of the highly credible JAL crew, this
particular incident had been tracked on radar by the ‘Air Route Traffic
Control Center’ in Anchorage, Alaska. The incident was also recorded by
airborne radar on the JAL Boeing 747 and by United States Air Force radar
out of Elmendorf AFB. (Confirmed by an FAA Division Chief.)
JAL flight 1628, configured as a cargo plane, was en route on a segment from
Reykjavik, Iceland to Anchorage flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet. The
sky was starting to darken into night and was still softly illuminated with
the glow of the setting sun on the western horizon and a full November moon
rising from the east. There was very little cloud cover.
At 5:09 PM local time Air Route Traffic Control out of Anchorage instructed
flight 1628 to change their heading. As the 747 started its turn Captain
Kenju Terauchi (a senior pilot for JAL) checked his instruments and glanced
out of the left side of the cockpit and saw lights that indicated there was
something flying below his 747. At first the Captain assumed these were
military jets on patrol and of no real concern to him, but after a few
minutes he realized that they had not broken away and were flying along with
them at 605 mph.
According to the three men in the cockpit, after six or seven minutes of
tracking the lights they suddenly shot forward and in an instant, positioned
directly in front of the 747. “Two spaceships stopped right in front of our
faces and they are firing lights back at us that are very hot.” (Captain
Terauchi’s later written testimony speculates that the craft were firing
their thrusters to counteract the incredible burst of speed used to get in
front of the Jumbo Jet.)
With the two UFOs directly ahead of him, Captain Terauchi was excitedly in
contact with ARTCC in Anchorage asking if they had “the traffic” in front of
him on radar. ARTCC reported that they did have intermittent contacts on
their radar and for the next several minutes they tried to identify what
exactly those contacts were. As the smaller craft moved closer to the Jumbo
Jet, the communications equipment experienced interference problems and
disrupted much of the communications with ARTCC. Additionally, the aircraft
would start to shudder and vibrate when the UFOs moved closer. Mysteriously
the two objects disappeared as quickly as they had appeared.
At 5:23 JAL 1628 reported that they could no longer see the objects. The Air
Route Traffic Control Center confirmed that they were no longer seeing the
objects on radar either. ARTCC decide to check with the Air Force at
Elmendorf Regional Operational Control Center (ROCC). The Air Force didn’t
see anything either and for the next several minutes no one had any type of
visual or radar contact with the reported objects.
Then Captain Terauchi picked up a new blip on his radar. He asked ARTCC if
they had anything, they did! This time the signal was behind them, and it
was a substantial blip! The Air Force ROCC group was seeing it as well. It
was moving in on the 747.
As flight 1628 got closer to the city of Fairbanks the lights reflecting up
from the ground better illuminated the now dark skies and the glow of the
full moon helped highlight the northern horizon. Suddenly, Captain Terauchi
and his crew looked out of the left side of the 747 and saw a huge
silhouette of a gigantic flying craft that nearly blotted out the sky. In a
new panic Terauchi requested an immediate change of course. “We must run
away quickly Anchorage Center,” was his actual frantic call. ARTCC
immediately approved course deviations as necessary!
Engaging in an attempted evasive turn JAL 1628 and the ARTCC monitored radar
and saw that the huge object did not turn to follow but stayed in the same
position. The huge object appeared to no longer be following the Jumbo Jet.
Just a few minutes later however, ARTCC reported to Captain Terauchi that
the military had just informed them that radar showed the object to be on
his tail again and closing. At that point ARTCC was asking the Air Force if
they had any aircraft to send up. While the Air Force was looking to run
that request up the chain of command, JAL 1628 was starting to run low on
fuel. ARTCC directed 1628 into an approach for Fairbanks and nervously
noticed that as flight 1628 descended so did the huge object following
At this time a United Airlines flight 69 was arriving from Anchorage so
ARTCC asked them to divert and check out the skies around JAL 1628. The Air
Force also now had a plane in the air headed in that direction. On ARTCC
radar the huge mother ship like object started to pull back and then slowly
fade off of the radar screens. Needless to say, neither the United Airlines
flight nor the U. S. Air Force aircraft were able to see anything other than
the JAL 747 as they passed it.
In Captain Terauchi’s own words, “It was unbelievable.” He described the
unidentified objects as consisting of two smaller objects that shadowed or
harassed the 747 for quite some time and then the larger one that he
describes as “the mother ship.” Captain Terauchi and his flight crew report
that it was more than twice the size of an aircraft carrier and shaped like
a very large shell. (For reference a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier is 1,092
feet in length)
Captain Terauchi reported that they were followed by these incredible
objects for more than 400 miles across the Artic sky for nearly an hour. A
fact that was also confirmed by various radar sources, including the U.S.
This UFO incident includes a considerable body of hard evidence and credible
eye witness accounts that of course remains unexplained. It has also proven
to be quite difficult to suppress.
In reaction to Captain Terauchi’s encounter with a UFO and his willingness
to talk about it JAL suspended his flight status for a number of years. He
has since been reinstated.
by: Dr. Von Zuko 2007©
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The America West Flt 564 Incident
On the evening of May 25, 1995 America West Flight 564 was in route on its
regularly scheduled flight between Tampa, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Captain Eugene Tollefson and First Officer John Waller, both very
experienced aviators, piloted the Boeing 757.
Following a scheduled stopover at Dallas,
Ft. Worth the flight was on the final segment of its journey.
Somewhere near Bovina, Texas the 757 was at an altitude of 39,000 feet,
and a flight attendant was idly watching lightning flashes against the
night sky. Suddenly she noticed a peculiar line of flashing lights
that seemed relatively close but somewhat below the 757.
Alerting the First Officer that something was out there, John Waller
immediately saw the unusual lights. He described them as eight
bright blue strobes flashing in sequence, left to right. He
estimated the lights to be at an altitude of approximately 35,000 feet.
Captain Tollefson was the next crew member to see the lights.
The lightning was flashing through the
clouds and briefly back lit the object. Both Captain Tollefson and
First Officer Waller saw the object and each reported that it was a dark
cigar shaped object and that it was quite large. Because it was a
bit difficult to determine exactly how far away it was from the
airliner, they estimated it to be at least 300 to possibly 500 feet in
After nearly five minutes of observation, the flight crew decided they
needed to contact Albuquerque Air Traffic Control (ATC). Albuquerque ATC
did have a blip on their screen, but noted that the area was fairly
close to restricted military airspace.
ATC suggested it could be a
tethered balloon platform belonging to the military, although the
flashing lights would be quite unlikely. ATC then contacted
government sites that would know if the military had anything in the air
at that time. The answer was negative.
The Air Traffic Controller then contacted NORAD (North American
Aerospace Defense Command) a joint US and Canada monitoring
organization. Initially NORAD reported that they did not see
anything, however a few minutes later they called Albuquerque ATC back
and said that they did indeed have an “unidentified” contact in the
NORAD alerted the Air Combat Command Group at Cannon Air Force Base near
Clovis, New Mexico. The Air Combat Command immediately launched an
EF111A, a highly specialized electronic warfare aircraft, to
Shooting up to the 35,000 foot level, the Air Force
pilot reported that he saw the object also. His descriptions were
consistent with that of the flight crew on America West 564.
Shortly after the incident, NORAD changed its report to indicate that
the “unidentified” contact that they initially reported was actually a
smaller aircraft with a malfunctioning transponder.
There is however, a voice recording of the
conversations between Albuquerque ATC and NORAD that would bring that
later claim into serious question.
The United States Air Force now downplays
the incident as a case of misidentification by its (highly trained) EF
This incident remains unresolved with no satisfactory explanation
provided by any of the agencies involved. In fact the incident has
essentially been dismissed as never having occurred.
The crew of
America West Flight 564 and the Air Force EF 111A pilot however, know
that they most definitely encountered a very unusual and very large
cigar shaped object sharing their airspace that night.
by: Dr. Von Zuko 2007©
June 2007 British Jetliner
In June of 2007 a
Aurigny Airlines Captain field an official report that detailed the
sighting of a large unidentified flying object.
Ray Bowyer first caught sight of the object while flying close to
Channel Islands in the English Channel just off of the Normandy coast.
Bowyer, an experienced career pilot, described the object as “a
cigar shaped brilliant white light.”
interview with a British news outlet, Bowyer stated, that he used a pair
of binoculars to get a better view of the object. "At first, I thought
it was the size of a [Boeing] 737, but it must have been much bigger
because of how far away it was. It could have been as much as a mile
a very sharp, thin yellow object with a green area. It was 2,000 feet up
and stationary. I thought it was about 10 miles away, although I later
realized it was approximately 40 miles from us.
told the reporter that he then spotted a "second identical object
further to the west," stating that it was likely the same size but
appeared smaller because it was farther away from the plane than the
first craft was.
passengers onboard and an unnamed pilot with the Blue Islands airline
also confirmed the sighting with journalists and aviation authorities.
Civil Aviation Authority report on the incident indicated that another aircraft,
a Tri-Lander, flying nearby also spotted the soaring objects.
by: Dr. Von Zuko 2007©