Dr. Richard F. Haines is the Chief Scientist for the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP). His research focuses on airline sightings, airline safety, and these strange aerial mysteries. Dr. Haines goes into quite comprehensive detail about military/civilian pilot sightings, electromagnetic interference effects and the 3400 actual unknown reports collated from aviation professionals, civilian and military. Here is one of the best, well-documented encounter that made world headlines.
JAL Flight 1628 Over Alaska
In November 1986, a Japanese crew of a jumbo freighter aircraft witnessed three unidentified objects while flying over Alaska, USA. This sighting gained international attention when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was going to officially investigate this sighting because the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage, Alaska, had reported that the UAP had been detected on radar. Captain Terauchi was featured on numerous radio and TV programs and in People Magazine. Within a few months of these events, he was grounded, apparently for his indiscretion of reporting a UAP, even though he was a senior captain with an excellent flying record. Several years later he was reinstated. The UAPs in this case were tracked on both ground and airborne radar, witnessed by experienced airline pilots and confirmed by a FAA Division Chief.
Courtesy of ufoevidence.org
Capt. Terauchi’s drawing of the huge object’s size compared to his airplane
Check out this brief (13.3 Minute Video)
Excerpt of communication with Anchorage ARTC Center
5:18 or 19 PM AKST AARTCC audio tape [Two craft, first noticed at a distance at 5:11 PM, approach to within 500–1,000 ft from the cockpit.]
5:19:15 JAL-1628, First officer, Anchorage Center, Japan Air 1628, ah, do you have any traffic, ah, seven o’clock above?
5:19:24 AARTCC, Carl Henley JAL1628 heavy, say again…
5:19:28 JAL-1628 Do you have any traffic in front of us?
5:19:32 AARTCC JAL1628 heavy, roger.
5:19:36 JAL-1628 Ah, roger and, ah, we in sight, ah, two traffic, ah, in front of us one mile about.
5:19:49 AARTCC JAL1628, roger, do you have.., ah, can you identify the aircraft?
5:19:58 JAL-1628 Ah, we are not sure, but we have traffic in sight now.
5:20:04 AARTCC JAL1628 heavy, Roger. Maintain visual contact with your traffic and, ah, can you say the altitude of the traffic?
5:20:14 JAL-1628 Uh, almost the same altitude.
5:20:21 AARTCC JAL 1628 Roger. Would you like a higher or lower altitude?
5:20:27 JAL-1628 Ah, no, negative. JAL1628.
5:21:19 AARTCC JAL1628 heavy, see if you are able to identify the type of aircraft, ah, and see if you can tell whether it’s military or civilian.
5:21:35 JAL-1628 JAL1628. We cannot identify the type, ah, but we can see, ah, navigation lights and ah, strobe lights.
5:21:48 AARTCC Roger, sir. Say the color of the strobe and beacon lights.
5:21:56 JAL-1628 The color is, ah, white and yellow, I think.
5:22:03 AARTCC White and yellow. Thank you.
5:21 AARTCC, Watch supervisor’s entry Daily Record of Facility Operation
5:21 PM. JL1628, HB747, BIKF-ANC reported traffic at his altitude (FL350) one mile with a white and yellow strobe. AAL ROC and EDF ROCC notified. No known traffic identified.
After 3 to 5 minutes the two craft change their relative position, which is not reported to AARTCC, and the captain unsuccessfully attempts to photograph them.
5:22:11 AARTCC [Requests information about weather and clouds]
5:22:41 AARTCC [Informs JAL-1628 that transmissions are garbled and asks them to change transmitting frequencies.]
5:23:05 JAL-1628 [Reports clouds below them].
5:23:13 JAL-1628 And now the target, ah, traffic is extinguished [i.e. disappeared]. We cannot see it now.
VHF transmissions have returned to normal after 10 to 15 minutes of heavy interference.
5:23:19 AARTCC JAL1628 Roger. And I’m not receiving any radar replies.