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On November 16 or 17, 1986, a Japanese crew of a jumbo freighter aircraft witnessed three unidentified objects while flying over Alaskamarker, USA. The Boeing 747 cargo plane was on a routine flight from Paris to Tokyo cruising at 600MPH at an altitude of 35,000 Feet. The plane was heading towards Anchoragemarker, Alaska to re-fuel when at 5:11PM Captain Kenji Terauchi reported seeing three large objects 2000 Feet below, describing the largest as resembling a shelled walnut. Captain Terauchi further described the largest craft as twice the size of a aircraft carrier, after several minutes observing the objects the crew noticed the objects matched the same speed as freighter aircraft. The two smaller objects veered 1000 feet in front of the front of the craft so much so that the captain said he could feel the warmth of their glows. Military radar picked up the two objects trailing the JAL flight and the FAA requested military intervention, the military did not take any action however the objects stopped trailing JAL 1628 and the airline arrived safely in Anchorage at 6:20PM.


Captain Terauchi cited in the official FAA report that the object was a UFO. However, for reasons unknown, the FAA did not pursue the case in depth . The US Air Force's KC135 jet flying from Anchorage to Fairbanks saw the same object in January 1986 flying from Anchorage to Fairbanks, saying that the object was 40 feet from his aircraft. The object then disappeared out of sight.

Both sightings especially the initial sighting have received special attention from the media, as evidence that UFOs in this case were tracked on both ground and airborne radar, witnessed by experienced airline pilots, and confirmed by a FAA Division Chief.

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  1. F.A.A. PRESSES INVESTIGATION OF LIGHTS SEEN OVER ALASKA - The New York Times January 5, 1987 (Retrieved on July 11, 2009)

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