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Object Makes Passes / DC-4 Takes Evasive Action
Aug. 16, 1956
Near Azores

12:45 a.m. local
Duration 20-30 mins
aircraft DC-4
observers ???
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Aug. 16, 1956; Near Azores (BBU)
1:45 a.m. [2:30 a.m. GMT?]. Capt. Dennis and crew of Eastern Airlines DC-4 Flight 49, flying at 4,000 ft en route to New York heading W, saw a bright white light to the W pass within 40 ft from above and below [multiple passes?]. Pilot took evasive action. (NARCAP; Weinstein; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
Aug. 17, 1956; Nr Azores (BBU)
12:45 a.m. local time. An orange and white bobbing brilliant light was seen from a DC-4 airliner (Eastern Airlines Flight 49). The object passed within 40 feet of the aircraft coming in from above and below. The aircraft was flying at 4000 feet altitude. The figure of 6000 feet is also given as the altitude of the DC-4. Evasive action was taken by the aircraft. The light was observed for 20-30 minutes. [Time: August 17, 1956, 12:45 a.m. local time. Time given on Project 10073 Record Card is 17/0145Z. The Azores is just one hour behind G.M.T.

August 16, 1956 0145L UC Azores (Atlantic)
This near miss incident took place at 4,000 feet altitude while Eastern Airlines flight 49 (DC-4) was en route to Laguardia, NY from POU. Their westerly heading carried them over the Atlantic Ocean. The flight crew sighted the strange light for from 20 - 25 minutes time and then radioed a near miss with the "bright white light" which was seen initially to the west of their course. According to the CIRVIS report (No. 170232Z) received through New York ARTCC," the object passed within 40 ft. of aircraft coming in from above and below. The meaning of this is unclear but suggests multiple passes made by the UAP. The pilot took "evasive action" according to the report.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/560816azores_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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