U.S. Aviation Authority publishes 1,500 document pages for UFO incident "Japanese Airlines JAL1628"
The 50-minute UFO sighting by the crew of Japanese Airlines' JAL 1628 cargo flight on 17 November 1986 is considered one of the best-known UFO sightings by pilots. The US FAA has now sent a US UFO researcher around 1,500 pages of documents on the incident, which were actually destroyed 17 years ago.
On November 17, 1986 the cargo flight "JAL 1628" was actually on its way from Paris to the international airport of Narita near Tokyo, when the crew around Captain Kenju Terauchi discovered about 17:11 local time two unknown, fast ascending flying objects over eastern Alaska to their left, which seemed to accompany the machine from now on.
Terauchi himself was a former fighter pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flying experience. He was accompanied by his co-pilot Takanori Tamefuji and the flight engineer Yoshio Tsukuba.
According to the descriptions, these two objects had luminous propulsion units, while their overall shape could not be accurately identified due to the darkness. When the two objects approached the plane closest, their light was so bright that it strongly illuminated the interior of the cockpit and the pilots even wanted to feel the warmth emanating from this light on their faces. Shortly after the two objects had disappeared again without a trace, a third, but now much larger and disc-shaped object (see illustration) appeared, which also followed the plane. After the onboard radar had indicated a third object, but neither this nor the two previous objects were visible on the radar of Air Traffic Control in Anchorage, Anchorage asked both an approaching United Airlines flight and a military aircraft to confirm the unidentified flying object.
Although Terauchi estimated the size of the object at about twice the size of his own plane, none of the approaching planes could confirm this. Above Mount Denali at 17:51 the trace of the third object was lost, also from the Japanese pilots' point of view. In a final report of the U.S. Air Traffic Control, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) corrected earlier statements that they had located the objects on radar and stated that the statements and descriptions of the pilots were acknowledged, but that they were not confirmed by data or other material.
For many years the US-American UFO researcher John Greenewald has been striving for the release and publication of once-secret UFO documents of the US government, authorities and military. With his "The Black Vault" he has created probably the most extensive online archive of once-secret government files released within the framework of the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (...not on the UFO topic!).
After Greenewald had already requested the FAA files on the UFO incident around flight JL 1628 in 2001 with reference to the US Freedom of Information Act, he was told in 2009 that all files on the incident had already been destroyed in 2001.
Despite this statement about the destruction of the files, Greenewald now, 17 years later, came across a package of 1,500 pages around the UFO sighting of flight JAL 1628 in the FAA archive lists and has now published these documents in his "Black Vault" accessible to all.
All backgrounds and the complete approximately 1,500 pages of FAA documents for viewing in the original can be found HERE