I'd like to discuss this case in NARCAP's data base and whether it might be explained by a Soviet rocket launching occurring
The visual descriptions seem pretty classic 'Russian rocket'.
Sadly, the report never provides information on the direction the apparition was seen in.
How would the reported EMI effects be accounted for?
Could a rocket launching cause such effects, perhaps through EMI interference from its own equipment, ground tracking equipment, or natural EM effects
triggered in the ionosphere, or other direct influence?
Could the flight crews have triggered the effects through excitement and distraction due to the apparition?
Could the effects be purely coincidental and the apparition merely a convenient excuse for the local airfield to shift the blame from poor
This is ALL the information I have, it is a sincere request for candid give-and-take over the possibility that a prosaic explanation was overlooked
[or never even looked for] by NARCAP.
My intuition is that the case is indeed a consequence of a surprise spectacular sky show. But I know that serious, sincere folks here will want to
disagree and I want to hear their best arguments. Thanks!
Case 49 score : 24
June 18, 1982 21:57 [assume Beijing time, GMT + 8] Hence, GMT 13:57 [1310 to 1453]
Gong Heui area, Hubei, China (44°20 N / 114°31 E)
Jeo: Northwestern Manchuria, Sunset, 20:16 beijing time, sun azimuth 309 degrees
[jeo – Kosmos-1310 SL-4 from Baikonur, 1300 GMT, viewed after sunset backlit by sun ??]
In Northern China on June 18, 1982, many sightings were reported from Heilongjiang Province, between 21:10 and 22:53. One of the most interesting
case is that reported by five Chinese Air Force pilots on patrol over north China’s military frontier. At about 21:57 the jet fighter’s electrical
systems malfunctioned ; communications and navigation systems failed. Suddenly the pilots encountered and UFO of a milky yellowish-green luminous
color, about the size of the full moon. The object grew larger and picked up speed, at which point it looked « as big as a mountain of mist ». Then
black spots were seen in the interior of the phenomenon. One pilot stated in his report : « When I first saw the object, it flew toward me at a high
rate of speed as it whirled rapidly. While it was rotating it generated rings of light. In the center of the light ring was fire. In ten seconds the
center of the ring exploded, then the body of the object expanded rapidly The planes were forced to return to base because of the equipment failures.
The other four pilots also prepared reports. It is not known if gun-camera film was taken. After 30 seconds, the beam of light disappeared completly
and replaced by a yellow sphere with clear edges. This sphere climbed rapidly and increased its size and brightness………The instruments returned
to normal when the pilot went down to 500 meters altitude. At 22:01, One of the pilot arrived to his first turn at Cong Huei. Then after he flew for 3
mn toward his second step when his radio began to jamm : big noises resounded in the receiver, as if rain clouds and thunderstorm were in front of
him, and the voice of the control tower operator became less audible. The radio compass instead of giving the direction of the tracking station
direction gave a direction 30° on his right. He climbed to 6,000 then 7,000 meters, then he flew horizontally but the unusual noises continued to be
heard in the receivers and the radio compas was still indicating a wrong direction 30° on the right. The pilot saw a bright object above the horizon.
Very quickly this object became a beam of yellow light like a car headlight This beam of light was directed vertically toward the ground, in the same
direction indicated by the radio compass.
Sources :Beyond Top Secret, Timothy Good, 1996