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ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has stepped up efforts to determine the source of wavering lights that dogged a Japan Air Lines cargo jet across Alaska’s night sky for nearly an hour in November.

“We’re looking at it to ensure that somebody didn’t violate airspace we control,” FAA spokesman Paul Steucke said Sunday. “We looked at it about six weeks ago, but since then we’ve gotten a lot of public interest, so we went back and re-interviewed the pilot. He provided us with additional information.”

Veteran pilot Kenji Terauchi told investigators Friday through an interpreter that two of the lights were small, perhaps no larger than eight feet across. He said the third light was on an aircraft, a huge darkened globe with a diameter of perhaps two aircraft carriers placed end-to-end, Steucke said.

The pilot said the large UFO showed up on his cockpit weather radar. But images on military radar screens at the time were dismissed as “clutter,” and a blip that showed up on FAA screens was analyzed as a coincidental “split image” of the aircraft, Steucke said.

Radar tapes, transcribed interviews and radio messages are to be sent to the FAA in Washington, D.C., later this week for review, Steucke said.

A JAL spokeswoman Sunday said Terauchi was on a flight to Europe and was unavailable.

Flight 1628, with a three-man crew, left Iceland on Nov. 17 with a load of wine bound for Tokyo from Paris. Terauchi and his crew picked up the Boeing 747 in Iceland for the Polar leg of the flight to Anchorage.

The evening sky was clear as the jet, cruising at 525 knots, crossed into Alaska from Canada, just northeast of Fort Yukon. At 6:19 p.m. (AST), as the plane flew at 35,000 feet, Terauchi said he saw three lights eight miles in front of his aircraft.

The pilot reported the lights were yellow, amber and green, Steucke said, but not red, the international color for aircraft beacons.

“The two smaller ones moved a little bit, changed their angle. The smaller ones did not show up on the weather radar onboard,”

Steucke said. “The larger one did.

“It appeared to him it might be possible that the lights might be exhaust pipes, they kind of wavered but did not blink. His main concern was trying to determine whether he was overtaking another aircraft.”

Steucke said the pilot reported he dimmed cockpit lights to ensure he was not seeing a reflection.

“He flew for about six minutes before he decided to report anything,” Steucke said. “I can’t say I blame him for that.” Terauchi radioed Anchorage FAA air controllers, who direct all aircraft traffic in the state, except for planes near airports, Steucke said. Fairbanks controllers checked their screens but saw only Flight 1628, Stuecke said.

The pilot reported the object was staying with him and controllers told him to take any evasive action needed. Terauchi decreased altitude to 31,000 feet, but the lights went down with him “in formation,” Steucke said.

South of Fairbanks, Terauchi turned the plane in a complete circle to see if the lights would follow. “That was pretty clever,” Steucke said. “It allowed him to eliminate any natural phenomenon which would have stayed stationary.”

The lights stayed with the cargo jet, and moved to its left side, the pilot told the FAA.

Friday, he told investigators that there were no magnetic disturbances noted on the plane and no changes in its instruments or navigation systems, Stuecke said.

The FAA in Anchorage and the military in Alaska use the same long-range radar in Fairbanks, Steucke said. The FAA also uses sophisticated computer systems to screen clutter before it reaches radar screens, he said.

The military in Alaska does not use such computers, he said. “The military decided about a minute into this exercise that what it was seeing was clutter,” he said. The Air Force did not send up an interceptor and is not investigating the matter, Steucke said. At the FAA center in Anchorage, controllers following the flight noted occasional second blips, or “split targets,” on the screen near Flight 1628, Steucke said.

“That happens when the transponder aboard the aircraft is not electronically in sync with radar bouncing off the plane,” he said. “We get an intermittent blip every three sweeps of the radar screen. It’s not unusual. It has happened and it does happen. “It was what I call coincidence that the split image happened to fall at the right distance and the same side of the aircraft that the object was reported by the pilot.”

The lights vanished, heading east, when the JAL jet was about 80 miles north of Anchorage, Steucke said.

The FAA has ruled out alcohol or drugs as a factor in the sightings, Steucke said. “They were rational, professional pilots. I’d describe them as very sincere, very intense,” Steucke said. “I’ve been here 12 years, I’ve been with the FAA three, and I’ve talked to people who’ve been here seven or eight years and they don’t recall anything like this,” he said.

The FAA started investigating the report after the sighting, he said, but not as a top priority. “Basically, the public interest heightened the interest level. I wasn’t hiding it, but I wasn’t standing on a rooftop announcing it,” he said.

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CUFON Computer UFO Network

Report #: 210

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 12-10-1986

Location: TALLADEGA, AL

CASE TYPE: LRS

DATE: 10 NOVEMBER 1986

TIME: UNKNOWN

CFN#: 0324

DURATION: UNKNOWN

WITNESSES: MANY

SOURCE: DAILY HOME, TALLADEGA, AL

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A red glowing light with a tail that flared across the sky in the southeast prompted searches in several states for traces of a possible meteor or other space object, but no remnants have been found, authorities said Tuesday.

The flashing light was spotted about sunset Monday over parts of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi as it streaked westward, and aviation officials said it was probably a meteor.

Maj. Walter Chipchase, a spokesman for the North American Air Defense Command, said the light was not believe to be a disintegrating rocket or satellite.

“NORAD did not detect any rocket body or space debris re-entering the atmosphere,” he said.

Sgt. Ray Williams, a spokesman for Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton, Beach, Fla., also said no weather balloons or flights were launched from the base at the time the light was seen.

Although authorities said the object likely burned in the atmosphere hundreds of miles from Earth, some local officials looked for fragments in fields and other areas where residents reported sightings.

Joe Keltch, a deputy with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department in East Tennessee, said he scoured an area near Graysville where a caller told authorities something had fallen out of the sky.

“We got a report that it might have been a piece of a plane,” he said. “We looked around and didn’t find anything.”

>> Comments: S1 – Meteor

Report #: 211

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 12-31-1986

Location: ANCHORAGE, AK

CASE TYPE: RV *

DATE: 17 NOVEMBER 1986

TIME: 18:19 HOURS

CFN#: 0325

DURATION: 20:MINUTES

WITNESSES: THREE

SOURCE: UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A mysterious unidentified flying object with flashing white and yellow strobe lights followed a Japan Air Lines cargo jet across the Arctic Circle, the crew says.

The three-man crew radioed air traffic controllers in Anchorage that a huge UFO was flying “in formation” with them and the Air Force briefly confirmed and object near the plane, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Paul Steucke.

He said the FAA in Anchorage and Fairbanks did not pick up the object. The incident occurred Nov.17 but was not made public earlier.

Flight 1628 had left Reykjavik, Iceland, flying over the North Pole to Tokyo with a stop in Anchorage. When it landed at Anchorage, FAA security manager Jim Derry interviewed the pilot, Co-pilot and flight engineer. When the report was made to the Air Route Traffic Control Center at 6:19 p.m., Steucke said controllers tried to find the object on radar but “were unable to confirm a second target with our equipment.”

At 6:26 p.m. Steucke said the Air Force told the FAA it “saw a second target (object) 8 miles away (from the JAL jet) but they contacted us a minute later and said they were no longer receiving any radar return (of a second object).”

Steucke added, “At 6:32 the JAL pilot requested and received permission for a descent from 35,000 feet to 31,000.” Air controllers asked if the lights were still there, and were told, “It is descending in formation.” At 6:39 p.m.,20 minutes after the lights first reported, the JAL crew said it no longer saw the lights.

At 6:45 p.m. Fairbanks controllers authorized a United Airlines northbound jet to make a 10 degree turn to better view the JAL plane and asked the United crew if it saw anything besides the Boeing 747. It did not. Nor did the JAL crew see the lights again.

>> Comments: S5/P5.

Report #: 212

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 01-11-1987

Location: HARRISBURG, PA

CASE TYPE: CE I

DATE: 1ST WEEK OCTOBER, 1985

TIME: 0515 HOURS

CFN#: 0326

DURATION: UNKNOWN

WITNESSES: TWO

SOURCE: UFO INFORMATION SERVICE

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Witness got up around 4:15 – 5:15 a.m. to go to restroom and saw an object over her home that covered five other homes as well. The object was huge, pure white and had no lights. The object was the shape of a saucer and rotating. Even though the object was bright (brighter than any object she had ever seen) it did not hurt her eyes to look at it. She had no fear and wanted to run out of her home and stand underneath the object but felt paralyzed. The object did return and her 12 year old son was able to see it. Since the incident she has had visions which she did not experience prior to the sighting of the object.

>> Comments: S5/P3

Report #: 213

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 01-11-1987

Location: ANCHORAGE, AK

CASE TYPE: RV – RADAR VISUAL

DATE: 17 NOVEMBER 1986

TIME: 1819 HOURS

CFN#: 0327

DURATION: 20: MINUTES

WITNESSES: THREE

SOURCE: UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

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FAA says UFO on radar screen was just a double image of jet

United Press International

ANCHORAGE – Federal investigators say a review of radar tapes failed to show a UFO shadowing a Japan Air Lines cargo jet, contradicting reports made by the crew and the air-traffic controller who handled the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration’s examination of the tapes shows what appears to be a second object near JAL Flight 1628 on Nov. 17, but invesitgators now think it is a double image from the Boeing 747, FAA spokes- man Paul Steucke said yesterday. On Dec. 29 the FAA releaed details of the UFO sighting, revealing the flight controller handling the jet saw an object on radar five miles from the plane. The Anchorage Air Route Traffice Control Center directed the crew to take evasive maneuvers, including a 4,000-foot drop and a 360 degree turn.

Co-pilot Takanori Tamefuji, 39, said yesterday he did not know why the FAA first confirmed a nearby object and now dismisses it as an image of the 747.

In his second interview with the FAA Tuesday, Tamefuji reiterated that he saw lights, and Steucke said, “The co-pilot’s testimony supported the pilot’s.”

Although the FAA is satisfied with the double-image explanation, the inquiry is continuing with interviews of the crew and a review of data, Steucke said.

Steucke said the pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer have told the same story: Blinking yellow, amber and green lights appeared too close to their plane for comfort. The FAA says the controller apparently misinterpreted what he saw on his screen. But Steucke defended the controller’s response, saying, “He had a pilot tell him he was seeing something right there. This is not something where he can take a risk even if it is a double image.”

The radar image seen in the JAL cockpit and by the controller also appeared intermittently on Air Force radar. Air Force spokesmen dismissed it as “random clutter.”

Report #: 214

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 01-12-1987

Location: WASHINGTON, PA

CASE TYPE: CE I

DATE: 6 JANUARY 1987

TIME: 20:10 HOURS

CFN#: 0328

DURATION: 12:MINUTES

WITNESSES: TWO

SOURCE: PASU – STAN GORDON, DIR.

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Two witnesses reported observing a bright triangular object in the night sky.

They said the object was gold in color, with three bright red lights non-blinking, one in each carner.

The witnesses stated, that the object hovered for approximately ten minutes before moving off to the north.

( PASU ) is still working on this case and more information will be posted soon. For more info call 412-838-7768.

>> Comments: S5/P4

Report #: 215

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 01-12-1987

Location: ANCHORAGE, AK

CASE TYPE: LRS

DATE: 11 JANUARY 1987

TIME: 07:35 HOURS

CFN#: 0329

DURATION: 30:MINUTES

WITNESSES: THREE

SOURCE: PARANET

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SPECIAL RELEASE: 2nd Alaska UFO Sighting

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Another Japanese Airlines crew has reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object ( UFO ) over Alaska, according to the FAA.

In a recorded announcement, Paul Steucke, Senior Federal Aviation Administrator for the Alaska District, said that on January 11th at approximately 7:35 AM, Capt. Kinju Teryaki, piloting a JAL 747 cargo plane from Europe to Anchorage, reported to the FAA Air Route Traffic Control Certer (ARTCC) that he saw irregular lights that “looked like a spaceship”.

The lights were, he said, “amber and white, and traveled from in front of him to below him, and disappeared behind him.”

The sighting was in two segments, the first for about 20 minutes, and the second occured a little later for approximately 10 minutes. Unlike the November 17th sighting reported by another JAL cargo jet, there was no radar contact by either ground or air-based facilities, “Steucke said”.

The FAA began interviewing both the captain and co-pilot upon their landing at Anchorage, he said. Steucke made the recording as an alternative to answering an unmanageable volume of phone calls,which have been pouring into the Alaska FAA district since the November 17th sighting was made public on January 1st. According to Steucke,the data from that sighting , voice recorder transcripts, radar tapes and interviews, are being sent to the FAA headquarters in Washington DC as are the data from the January 11th sighting.

“The Federal Aviation Administration is not in the business of looking for or identifying UFO’s”, he said. “We are involved in investigating these reports because the lights violated our federal regulations, as humorous as that may sound.”

>> Comments: S2/P2. Gut reaction: Witness over-excited from first sighting.

Report #: 216

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 01-18-1987

Location: CALIFORNIA-OREGON

CASE TYPE: LRS – NL

DATE: 25 NOVEMBER 1986

TIME: 2022 HOURS

CFN#: 0330

DURATION: UNKNOWN

WITNESSES: MANY

SOURCE: ARKANSAS GAZETTE, LITTLE ROCK, AR

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ARKANSAS GAZETTE, Little Rock, AR – Nov. 26, 1986

Fireball not man-made, experts say

Defense experts Tuesday eliminated “space junk or any man-made object” as an explan- ation for a mysterious meteoric fireball that streaked across the Pacific Coast. The object, sighted at 8:22 p.m. (CST) Monday, dazzled stargazers from the California-Oregon border to the Los Angeles area.

“It looked like a long, green meteor but it lasted way too long, arcing across the sky toward the ocean, then it just blew up,” Roy Jackson of Mountain View, Cal., said.

“It wasn’t space junk or any man-made object re-entering the atmosphere, and we don’t track meteors,” Del Kindschi of the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Denver said. “We heard about it but there weren’t any satellites or man-made space objects entering the atmosphere at that time.” (UPI)

>> Comments: S1 – Bolide

Report #: 217

From: UFO INFO SERVICE

Date Sent: 01-18-1987

Location: CLEVELAND, OH.

CASE TYPE: LRS – NL

DATE: 26 OCTOBER 1986

TIME: 1800 HOURS

CFN#: 0331

DURATION: UNKNOWN

WITNESSES: TWO

SOURCE: PLAIN DEALER, CLEVELAND, OH.

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PLAIN DEALER, Cleveland, OH – Oct. 27, 1986 CR: B. Robbins/COUD-I

Explosion over lake reported; search on

Two Coast Guard boats searched last night for debris after two people said they saw an explosion over Lake Erie, off Euclid.

About 6 p.m. a resident of Euclid high-rise near E. 260th St. reported seeing an explosion in the air over the lake. The woman said she saw smoke and debris falling into the lake.

Coast Guard officials called Federal Aviation Administration controllers and airports last night to see whether any planes had been reported missing. None were.

An official at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights also reported seeing a bright light descending from the sky about the same time, the Coast Guard said.

>> Comments: S2/P3 end part 1.