posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 02:40 PM
some English language news posts:
South China Morning Post Online
0253 GMT, 09 Jul 2010
Report by Will Clem in Shanghai:
"'ufos' Cause Flight Delays at Hangzhou"
Flight delays may be commonplace in the country. But the airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, offered an unusual reason for traffic disruption on Wednesday
night: it said planes had to be grounded because of "suspected UFO activities".
Airport authorities kept mum about whether any "close encounters of the third kind" were involved, but said the closure of almost an hour was due to
"safety measures" invoked by air traffic controllers.
"We were told there was a possible unidentified flying object and therefore all take-offs and landings at the airport were halted," a spokesman for
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport said. The initial advisory was issued at 8.45pm on Wednesday and the airport's runway remained closed until
an all-clear signal was given at 9.41pm.
"Following that, normal services resumed," he said. "In total, six outbound flights and 12 inbound flights were affected by the closure."
He refused to speculate on the nature of the mysterious object, saying that an investigation had been launched into the incident by the General
Administration of Civil Aviation of China in conjunction with the provincial government.
The enigmatic incident has sparked off a flurry of stories in cyberspace with a number of websites and blogs posting photographs purporting to be the
object in question.
However, one image of the Hangzhou sighting reproduced on Xinhua's website appeared to suggest that rather than a visit from ET, it, too, could have
had a terrestrial source.
Instead of a flying saucer, the blurry and indistinct enlargement showed what appeared to be a large four-engined aircraft producing voluminous vapour
trails caught in the evening sunlight.
Xinhua: "Aviation Experts Cool on Private Plane Theory in East China UFO Probe"
HANGZHOU, July 9 0658 GMT (Xinhua) -- Aviation experts are expected to complete late Friday their investigation into an unidentified flying object
that disrupted air traffic over east China for an hour on Wednesday.
An investigation team, comprising police and aviation officials, are still trying to identify the UFO that was located over Zhejiang Province.
"No conclusion has yet been drawn," said Wang Jian, head of air traffic control with Zhejiang branch of the Civil Aviation Administration of China,
told Xinhua Friday.
Media have reported speculation that the UFO might have been a private aircraft, based on the increasing number of privately-owned aircraft in the
But an industry insider who declined to be named Friday ruled out the speculation as "too unprofessional" without giving further explanation.
Wang Jian said the private plane was "just a guess."
Xiaoshan Airport in the provincial capital of Hangzhou was closed after a UFO was detected at around 9 p.m. Wednesday, and some flights were rerouted
to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi cities.