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Aircraft Encounters EME During UFO Pace
May 31, 1957
S. of Rochester, Kent, UK

7:17 hours GMT
Duration  ???
airliner type not given
United Kingdom
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
May 31, 1957; S. of Rochester, Kent, UK
7:17 hours GMT. A British airliner was flying over Kent and the pilot was in command of a scheduled airline service from Croydon airport to Holland. As they got to a position 2 nautical miles south of Rochester the First Officer and the pilot became aware of a brilliant object bearing 110° (T) from north and elevated about 10° above the haze level. They were flying at 5,000 feet above sea level, heading 080° magnetic 074° (T). The UFO was about two-thirds the size of a sixpence in the windscreen at first and then appeared to come towards them. When it was about the size of a sixpence the object became oval in shape and turned away. Then it became as before and reduced in size to about half the size of a sixpence. Then to their astonishment the UFO disappeared completely as they watched it. They did not see the UFO depart, but became aware that they were looking at an empty sky.  “We were unable to contact London Radar due to a complete radio failure in the aircraft, nor were we able to report to London Airways, nor to London Flight Information. Radio failure, especially complete radio failure, is rare these days, and in our case was due to our circuit breakers not keeping 'in'. On this occasion we were not using all our equipment, so there was no cause for overloading. However, our radio equipment became fully service-able  after the UFO had gone, and all circuit breakers stayed “in”. (Source: Pilot’s account in Timothy Good’s “ Beyond Top Secret, 1997; Flying Saucer Review Vol.4 No. 3; NARCAP case 19)

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