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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.

Swissair Has Near Miss With UFO
Aug. 9, 1997
Nr. Kennedy Airport, New York

5:07 p.m. EDT
Duration secs
Boeing 747
United States
1 observer
No radar contact

Robert J. Durant:
At approximately 5:07 p.m. EDT on Aug. 9, 1997, a Swissair Boeing 747 experienced a "near miss" with a cylindrical "glowing white" object traveling almost directly toward the cockpit at very high speed. The airliner was in level flight at 23,000 feet and cruising at 340 knots (390 miles per hour) indicated speed in a cloudiness sky. Six weeks after the event, the story was disseminated by the Associated Press (AP) news service. According to the AP account, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) identified the object as a weather balloon, citing a report from another airliner of a weather balloon in the same general area. The NTSB explanation seemed plausible, but the Center for UFO Studios (CUFOS) and the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) decided that it would be prudent to conduct at least a preliminary inquiry. After six months of investigation, we have concluded that the "weather balloon" explanation is impossible, and the prosaic explanation for the sighting is: the Swissair flight encountered an Unidentified Flying Object.  

Detailed reports and documents
reports/970809swissair_report.htm (Robert Durant)
Actual Detailed Account From MUJ_#377 Sep 1999 (pdf)
Swissair Jumbo Incident Over New York: GREPI's Investigation - Don Ledger (doc)
Order "Swiss Air Down" Here - Don Ledger
Nearmiss With A UFO - Swissair Flight 127 - Don Berliner and Robert J. Durant (Available from CUFOS)
SwissAir UFO & National Transportation Safety Board Latest - Kenny Young
NTSB Aviation Accident/Incident Database Report (pdf)
Audio Byte file

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