Washington (United States) – The 50-minute UFO sighting by the Japanese Airlines Cargo JAL 1628 crew on November 17, 1986 is considered one of the most popular UFO sightings by pilots. The US Air Traffic Control (FAA) has now handed over some 1,500 pages of documents to the US UFO researcher on the incident, which was actually destroyed 17 years ago.
On November 17, 1986, cargo flight “JAL 1628” was actually on its way from Paris to Narita International Airport near Tokyo, as the crew captained Captain Kenju Terauchi around 17:11 local time over the eastern Alaska to their left two unfamiliar, fast ascending airborne objects discovered that seemed to accompany the machine henceforth.
Terauchi himself was a former fighter pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flying experience. He was accompanied by his co-driver Takanori Tamefuji and the flight engineer Yoshio Tsukuba.
According to the consistent descriptions, these two objects had glowing power-packs, while their overall shape could not be pinpointed due to the darkness. When the two objects approached the plane closest to each other, their light was so bright that it illuminated the cockpit’s interior and the pilots even wanted to feel the heat emanating from that light on their faces. Shortly after the two objects had disappeared without a trace, a third, but now much larger and disk-shaped or Saturn-shaped object (see Fig.) Appeared, which also followed the machine. Although the on-board radar had displayed a third object, neither this nor the two previous objects but were seen on the radar of Air Traffic Control in Anchorage, Anchorage asked both an approaching United Airlines flight and a military aircraft to confirm the unidentified flying object. (Note GreWi: In fact, but that couldNorth American Air and Space Defense Command, NORAD for short, locate a signal matching the object a few minutes later).
Although Terauchi estimated the size of the object to be about twice the size of his own machine, none of the aircraft approaching could confirm this. At 17:51, the track of the third object was lost over Mount Denali, also from the point of view of the Japanese pilots. In a final report from the US Air Traffic Control, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) corrected the statement that it had located the objects on radar and stated that while recognizing the statements and descriptions of the pilots, these were not data or material would be confirmed.
– A summary of the incident can be found HERE
For many years now, the American UFO researcher John Greenewald has sought to release and publish once secret UFO documents from the US government, authorities and military and has probably the most extensive online archive in his ” The Black Vault ” Under the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) released, government files (… not for the UFO issue!) Created.
After Greenewald had already requested in 2001, relying on the US Freedom of Information Act, the FAA files on the UFO incident involving flight JL 1628, he was told in 2009 that all files had already been destroyed in 2001. The detailed background can be found HERE
Despite this statement about the destruction of the files Greenewald now, 17 years later, in the archives lists of the FAA on a package of 1,500 pages around the UFO sighting of flight JAL 1628 and has these documents in his “Black Vault” now accessible to all released.
– You can find all the backgrounds and the complete 1,500 pages of FAA documents for the original sighting HERE