Tue, Jun 17, 2008
Pilot Says Objects Came From Under The Clouds
It was a close encounter of a most
unusual kind... but what, exactly, caused it? Officials with the
Romanian Defense Ministry announced recently one of their MiG-21s
was struck by several unidentified flying object last October.
UPI reports at least four UFOs allegedly struck the MiG-21
Lancer during an October 31 check-out flight (yes, Halloween) but
the plane was able to land safely. According to the India Times,
the objects hit the plane at an altitude of 6,300 meters, or just
under 20,700 feet, below an overcast cloud layer.
The man tasked with investigating the incident, Lt. Col. Nicolae
Grigorie, claims a video camera onboard the aircraft caught "two
solid bodies, which are not translucid" strike the fighter. "They
couldn't be birds because there are no birds in Europe able to fly
so high," he said. "And they couldn't be ice bodies because it was
a clear sky -- neither could they be pieces of another plane or a
No organic matter was found on the aircraft, further ruling out
a bird strike. No civilian flights were anywhere near the fighter
when it came in contact with the mysterious objects 6 km from the
town of Gherla, and officials say no artillery or other manmade
objects were in the area at the time.
"We can say with certainty what was not, but not what it was --
an object that struck the MIG -- but we do not know what material
was or origin," Grigorie said.
"(The) successful launch of the NROL-39 mission is a testament to the tremendous government-industry partnership. We greatly appreciate the teamwork with the NRO Office of Space La>[...]
Lost Communications Loss of the ability to communicate by radio. Aircraft are sometimes referred to as NORDO (No Radio). Standard pilot procedures are specified in 14 CFR Part 91. >[...]
Aero Linx: The Story Of World War 1 Aviation The Spark That Set the World Aflame: The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife i>[...]
A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-ba>[...]
NROL-39 Mission Boosted From Vandenberg AFB Thursday Night A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off >[...]