Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
  Preliminary
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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.

Object Paces Japanese Airliner
March 21, 1965
Osaka (near Himeji), Japan

7:00 p.m. local
Duration not given
aircraft not identified but twin engine
Japan
Commercial
1+ observer
EMI reported
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
March 21, 1965; near Osaka, Japan
7:00 p.m. local time. A UFO paced one Japanese airliner, disappeared, then chased another airliner. This report is listed in the Vol. II UFOE as March 18, over Himeji, but the UFO Investigator publication says March 21. Yoshiaki Inada, the piloting a Toa Airlines plane with 40 passengers spotted the UFO near Osaka. It was an elliptical luminous object which followed the plane for about threee minutes, then took up a position 300' off the left wing and paced the plane for 55 miles. During this time, Inaba told newsmen, it “violently” affected his automatic direction finder and his radio.  He tried to contact Osaka Communications tower, but was unsuccessful.  The object disappeared when the aircraft reached Matsuyama in Shikoku. (NICAP UFO Investigator, Vol. 3, No.1; Volume II of the UFO Evidence, Hall)

Reuters & UPI:
BULLETIN – A Japanese newspaper reported March 22 a team of U.S. experts was en route to Japan to interrogate airline pilots whose planes were followed by an egg-shaped UFO.  The Mainichi Daily News said members of the team were from the Defense Department, Federal Aviation Agency, and Palomar Observatory.  Their interest believed caused by “several mysterious aviation accidents” possibly involving UFOs.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/650321osaka_report.htm (Fran Ridge, Mike Swords & Jean Waskiewicz)


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