“The Famous JAL 1628 [UFO] Sighting By Capt. Terauchi On Nov. 17, 1986”

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“The Famous JAL 1628 [UFO] Sighting By Capt. Terauchi On Nov. 17, 1986”

JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvellous “Spaceship”

Robert Sheaffer By Robert Sheaffer
badufos.blogspot.com
7-18-14

    A recent email circulating among certain UFO researchers asked, where is the best on-line statement of the skeptic’s position on the famous JAL 1628 sighting by Capt. Terauchi on Nov. 17, 1986? Despite it being one of the most celebrated cases in the recent UFO literature, it turns out that there wasn’t a lot. To remedy this perceived lack, I scanned all of the press clippings and other papers in my file on the case, and placed it on the Historical Documents page of my Debunker.com website. It contains original press clippings from when the case was first reported, a press release by CSICOP, FAA information, and a “Summary White Paper” about the case by Philip J. Klass. (Page numbers given refer to this PDF document.)

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on December 30, 1986, “The crew of a Japan Air Lines cargo jet claimed that a UFO with flashing white and yellow strobe lights followed them across the Arctic Circle in route from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Tokyo” (p.1). On January 1, 1987, that paper reported, “A veteran pilot whose UFO sighting was confirmed on radar screens said the thing was so enormous that his Japan Air Lines cargo jet – a Boeing 747 – was tiny compared with the mysterious object” (p.2). Feeling the heat, the FAA soon re-opened its investigation of the incident. “The reason we’re exploring it is that it was a violation of airspace,” said FAA spokesman Paul Steucke. “That may sound strange, but that’s what it was” (p. 4). . . .

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