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.

Sphere Illuminates Cabin, Instruments Malfunction
February 2, 1973
Ohura Beacon area of New Zealand

Time 2:02 GMT
Duration 20-25 secs
Aircraft, Grand Commander
1 observer
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
February 2, 1973; Ohura Beacon area of New Zealand
2:02 GMT. Captain Peter Telling was flying a Grand Commander aircraft at 10,000 feet when he thought he had a fire in the starboard engine. He looked very carefully to assess what was happening. Then a sphere of intense bluish-white light over 20 feet in diameter appeared about 30 yards away, its brilliant light illuminating the cockpit. Telling said the brightness of the light was "much like a welding arc." The object paced his plane for 20-25 seconds, then accelerated and sped away. During the period that the UFO remained near the aircraft the automatic direction finder and both the gyroscopic and magnetic compasses went haywire and spun wildly and spun at a speed of about 12 rpm. All directional equipment remained nonfunctional until the plane passed over the Wanganui area. The ADF needle rotated aimlessly, the magnetic compass screwed up (not reliable) and needles rotated several rpm for some time. Telling, who also conducted a radio show, heard Vic Harris of Auckland on a talk show and contacted him to discuss the sighting. (Source: Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year Report, Richard Hall, [2001], page 131; Richard Haines) 

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