For the third time this year a UFO sighting in China has resulted in the closing of a local airport. This time the incident occurred in Xioshan, of the Zhejiang province. Xiaoshan’s airport may sound familiar as it was the same airport involved in one earlier occurrence very similar in July. What are these objects visiting Chinese airports, and is the response different there than it would be in the US or the UK? Where else in the world are airports quite so careful, and why?
In 2006 a major high profile event was broadcast over the media for days as the Chicago O’Hare UFO incident. The O’Hare incident was widely witnessed by several people as an object suddenly appeared over the Chicago airport and then zipped through the clouds without any explanation. As the witnesses watched the strange disc-shaped object it suddenly zipped up and flew through the clouds leaving a hole behind for several seconds before eventually disappearing. These officials, along with the pilots who had first witnessed the object from the ground and the air were then told by the FAA to keep quiet about the matter. Perhaps it was a cover up, or perhaps the airline was simply trying to avoid embarrassment in an era where the UFO phenomenon is still largely taboo in some circles. The event as well as the reaction by both the media and the FAA were one of the most high profile UFO events of the year. And yet O’Hare airport didn’t shut down, nor did it enact any additional security precautions for incoming air traffic. With 9/11 happening only five years prior, and the FAA still reeling from the crash of Comair Flight 5191 due to an error, there was no room for further accidents. And yet the embarrassment of admitting there was something in the sky was too much for them. So why is it so different in China?
Officials not only reacted to the event, but described the object itself as a disc shaped device that zoomed around the skies, circling the entire perimeter of the airport before suddenly vanishing into what seemed to be thin air.
Immediately, officials sprang into action and rerouted flights to their alternate nearby airports. Three flights were redirected altogether – two from Beijing and another from Shanghai. And the strangest part at this point is that this isn’t even the first time such an event has happened in China this year alone. With this becoming an almost monthly occurrence since July, are there more to come? And with the amount of resources being lost due to the anomalous phenomena is there enough to warrant funding for an investigation into the matter? As with the others the objects were photographed extensively, and just like the other sightings these images are fairly impressive. But what are they of? The question has certainly been asked by members of the Chinese Aviation Administration, but there is a possibility that we will never know.