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Disc Hovers Near Japanese Airport
Oct. 17, 1976
Akita Airport, Japan

10:40 a.m.
Duration 5 mins
aircraft not stated
sev observer
No radar contact

Richard Hall:
Oct. 17, 1976; Akita Airport, Japan
10:40 a.m. A brilliant golden disc hovered south of Akita Airport for five minutes starting at 10:40 A.M. The object was observed by control tower personnel and an airline pilot taxiing to take off. Kenichi Waga, telecommunications officer in the control tower, said: "It was disc-shaped, larger than a car, but smaller than an airplane." Capt. Masara Saito, 34, Toa Airlines pilot, was preparing to take off when he noticed "a strange looking disc-shaped object 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) from the ground. It was something I had never seen before." Tazawa Takumi, air traffic controller on duty, who observed the object through binoculars, said it looked like "two plates placed together, with the top one inverted." The unidentified object finally flew away toward the sea. (Source: The UFO EVIDENCE, A Thirty-Year Report, Richard Hall, Page 134)

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