Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
  Preliminary
Rating: 3  

                                   
     

AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

Airliners Encounter Object / "Near Miss"
March 9, 1957
Atlantic Ocean, off Carolinas

12:45 a.m. EST
Duration 3 secs +
aircraft airliners
United States
Commercial
Several observers
No EMI
No radar contact

Dan Wilson:
March 9, 1957; Atlantic Ocean off the Carolinas (BB)
12:45 a.m. EST. Airline Flight 215-A was in the vicinity of Delta Oscar (a positional marker off the Carolinas) when they observed a greenish colored object smaller than the full moon streaking north or NNW. The object was due west of the aircraft. It moved in a horizontal trajectory and had a red tail-like projection which suddenly dropped off and fell like a flare. The main part of the object continued in a straight line. Several of the passengers also saw the object The object was observed for about 3 seconds.

Fran Ridge:
This object was observed from several locations and indicates an object much larger than perceived by each witness. That was also the Blue Book conclusion, and the duration and descriptions don't seem to suggest a UFO, but rather a large fireball meteor. However, some of the incidents described in the BB documents occurred hours apart and a horizontal trajectory and drop off of tail section sounds very much like staging of a missile. And one incident, not mentioned, was found in the chronology for the same day, but no time was given:  Nr. San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pan American Airways pilot took evasive action as fiery round, greenish-white object passed plane. [NICAP UFOE, V]

Detailed reports and documents
reports/570309atlantic_UAG.htm (UFOs & Government, Swords, et al)
reports/570309atlantic_report.htm (Dan Wilson)


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