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Japan Air Lines flight 1628 was a UFO incident that occurred on November 17, 1986 involving a Japanese Boeing 747-200F cargo aircraft. The aircraft was en route from Paris to Narita International Airport, near Tokyo, with a cargo of Beaujolais wine. On the Reykjavík to Anchorage section of the flight, at 17:11 over eastern Alaska, the crew first witnessed two unidentified objects to their left. These abruptly rose from below and closed in to escort their aircraft. Each had two rectangular arrays of what appeared to be glowing nozzles or thrusters, though their bodies remained obscured by darkness. When closest, the aircraft’s cabin was lit up and the captain could feel their heat on his face. These two craft departed before a third, much larger disk-shaped object started trailing them. Anchorage Air Traffic Control obliged and requested an oncoming United Airlines flight to confirm the unidentified traffic, but when it and a military craft sighted JAL 1628 at about 17:51, no other craft could be distinguished. The sighting lasted 50 minutes.
Fast forward more than 17 years after my initial request. I believe I found the records. I discovered them in Record Group 237: Records of the Federal Aviation Administration, 1922 – 2008. Holding National Archives Identifier number 733667, and local identifier number 1203, I found more than 1,500 pages regarding the JAL1628 UFO encounter. I believe, but this is only a guess as of the writing of this article, that the FAA must have transferred a copy to the National Archives, but either did not keep a record of the transfer (which they should have) or they attempted to mislead me that the records had been destroyed, when in fact, they were not. Plus, this is more than 1,400 pages than the FAA’s original estimate, and more than 1,200 pages archived by NICAP’s original JAL1628 files. I believe based on the folder they were discovered in, the time frame of the documents and the contents within, the below contain the records I sought in 2001, but was told they were destroyed. In a bizarre twist to this story, I offer you the complete set of 1,569 pages, titled by their official file designation headers, listed in the order they were found.
Each had two rectangular arrays of what appeared to be glowing nozzles or thrusters, though their bodies remained obscured by darkness.
The object had a dull gray finish with inverted cone shapes coming out of its undersides,
Page 1. 6t- F ~A In[ ll.. ~ &.) Once upon a time if a hunter saw a t.v., how did he describe it to other people? My experience was similar to this. The north of Alaska in mid-November you cannot even see the sun; the darkness continues until the middle of March. Flight JL 1628, B747 jumbo cargo encountered two spaceships and a Mother ship about SO minutes above Alaska. There was no danger but it created many questions that a human being cannot answer.
Page 2. So I am writing that experience down here. In mid-October, I was excited to hear the special flight. This special flight was to import special French wine from Iceland to Anchorage for approximately a 6 hour and 20 minute flight. It is an extremely short flight compared to most flights. It takes about two-thirds normal flight hours. There are only two landings at Kefurabik (sp.?) International Airport.
Page 3. This particular flight was planned to stop at Iceland and increase cargo items rather than flying direct· from Paris to Anchorage. However, since being wintertime if the condition of the runway was poor, we may have to reduce the cargo, therefore, everyone was paying special attention to the amount of cargo. The temperature of Kefurabik Airport in November is approximately maximum of 3 degrees C. and the lowest was minus 3 degree C.
Page 4. Six of us Japan Airline employees arrived at Kefurabik Airport at midnight and three people welcomed us as usual. We headed on to a new hotel. The bed was extremely small. I understood why the down blanket was only 135 centimeters. We stayed only about 17 hours. The weather became good and the runway was not frozen and we left the Kefurabik at 2042.
Page 16. Co-employees are married, have children and are young. I am pleased that nothing happened. The ending of this encounter was very well. We worried because we do not know the purpose of the spaceship, but there is no immediate danger. What do you think about our experience? I hope we humans will meet them in the near future and confirm my experience.
[Per sonal st at ement concerning JAL Flight 1628 sighting of unidentified air traffic, Nov. 17, 1986 . Written by Capt. Kenju Terauchi; t ransl ated by Sayoko Mimoto, FAA Alaskan Region, Airway Facil i t ies Divi sion. Received by FAA 1/2/ 87 ]
I thought perhaps it is one of those things called UFO and taking a photo might help to identify the object later.
We were just above the bright city lights and we checked the pale white light behind us. Alas! There was the silhouette of a gigantic spaceship. We must run away quickly! ...... When the United plane came by our side, the spaceship disappeared suddenly and there was nothing but the light of moon.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
I believe the pilot was removed from duty for a while....
Bruce Maccabee, a PhD with the Navy, was there, and he said Callahan misunderstood what he said and apparently thought he was a CIA guy when he's not CIA. What was said according to Maccabee is along the lines of what you'll find in the 3rd pdf in the black vault download...that information about an ongoing investigation can only be released through official channels which usually means not much at all while the investigation is still going on, but Maccabee never said or implied that the information wouldn't be released after the investigation was complete, in fact he wrote up a rather detailed analysis of the incident himself and published it.
originally posted by: shawmanfromny
Old video clip that I had saved. Bad quality, but you can hear what Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations Branch of the FAA, Mr. Callahan stated: "CIA said to all the people here, 'This event never happened. We never were here and you're all sworn to secrecy. We are confiscating all this data.' And they did." Why would the government want to hide all the evidence?
originally posted by: Arbitrageur
And the other two aircraft didn't see the UFO Terauchi saw, because there was no UFO, only a mirage of some sort. I have a pretty good idea what that was too, also discussed in my mirage thread.