Category 11 Case Directory
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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.

Strange Object With Lights Paces DC-10
September 27, 1996
Near Los Angeles, California

Emorning local
Duration 10 secs +
aircraft DC-10
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
September 27, 1996; about 8 mi from Los Angeles, California
Several hours after midnight. A DC-10 had just taken off from Los Angeles International bound for Newark, New Jersey. The flight was between 6,000 and 7,000 feet and climbing on a SSW heading, airspeed about 250 km/hr. Suddenly the Captain exclaimed, "What the hell is that?" Both the pilot and the First Officer observed what looked like the headlights of another airliner just 500-700 feet away and on a collision course. Within a few seconds it was shocking clear that the object was actually pacing them, but an airplane would have had to be flying backwards!  Primary witness was able to see some apparently metallic structure in the background between thee two lights and still under the rapidly deteriorating assumption that this was some type of aircraft some type of horizontal edge between the lights with the metallic looking material both top and bottom tapering back away from this edge. After about ten seconds the object moved away and to their left like a bullet from a gun and disappared. (NARCAP)

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