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High-speed UFO caught on film bursting from clouds near passing airplane

// April 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Frame by frame shot of UFO bursting through clouds near airplane

An interesting video of a high-speed UFO emerging from a cloud has shown up YouTube. The location where the video was shot has not been divulged but it is believed to have been shot on April 25, 2014 using a 300mm lens. Several factors lend credence to its authenticity but at least one factor (in my opinion) casts a bit of doubt on its legitimacy.

Miracle – boy survives sub-zero temperatures and near-zero oxygen during five-hour flight in wheel well of airplane

// April 22nd, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Airplane wheel and wheel well

It’s a rare event and even rarer if the person attempting it survives. The FAA says that since 1947, there have been around 100 people known to have stowed away in wheel wells of an airplane. Most of them died. But this week a 16-year-old boy survived a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii hidden in a wheel well of a commercial Boeing 767 airplane. Aviation experts are calling it a “miracle”.

Weather experts baffled after mysterious black ring appears in skies above England

// April 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Mysterious black ring photographed in the skies above Leamington Spa, England

16-year-old Georgina Heap was playing tennis with her mother when she looked up at the sky and noticed a mysterious black ring floating high in the air. The huge black ring was spotted in the skies above Leamington Spa, a spa town in central Warwickshire, England, and remained in sky for about three minutes before disappearing completely. Weather experts are baffled by what they describe as a “real-life X-Files”.

British airline captain reports near-miss with cigar-shaped UFO near London’s Heathrow Airport

// January 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Aerial view of London’s Heathrow Airport

A recently released airline investigative report has revealed that a British airline pilot reported a near-miss with a UFO that occurred last July near Heathrow Airport in London. The pilot described the UFO as a “cigar or rugby ball-shaped”, bright silver, and metallic in construction. He state that the UFO passed within a few feet of the top of his passenger jet. The pilot reported the incident to authorities telling them that he was certain the object, which was travelling at “great speed”, was going to crash into his aircraft and that he ducked as it headed towards him.

North Korea removes and detains 85-year-old Korean war vet from plane – arrested on espionage charges

// November 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // News

North Korea detained 85-year-old man on espionage charges

85-year-old Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California was about to head home from an organized tour of North Korea when Korean officials boarded the waiting plane and removed him for questioning. Four weeks later, the family has still had no contact with the elderly man. Mr. Newman is a Korean War veteran and his family believes his mention of his service to his handlers in North Korea may have prompted his arrest.

Officials stunned to find 24 solid gold bars stashed in bathroom of commercial Boeing 737 airplane

// November 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Airline officials show off the sold gold bars that were found in the bathroom of a Boeing 737.

There’s gold in them there crappers! Yesterday, an aircraft maintenance crew at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, India were conducting routine maintenance on a Jet Airways Boeing 737 when they were stunned to find two bags containing a stash of 24 solid gold bars in the airplane’s bathroom.

Search for missing aviator Amelia Earhart to continue in August 2014

// October 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Amelia Earhart

The fate of infamous explorer Amelia Earhart is still being sought by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). Beginning in August 2014 and estimated to cost $3 million, the expedition will use two manned submersibles to search the depths of the ocean around the western end of Nikumaroro in the Pacific.

Wily 9-year-old steals car, sneaks past TSA airport security, and boards plane to Las Vegas

// October 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

TSA airport security failed to notice 9-year-old boy who snuck onto plane bound for Las Vegas

It’s the unusual preternatural cunning that this 9-year-old boy possesses that makes this story so interesting – that and the mockery he made of airport security. Just two weeks ago the young lad was arrested in Minnesota for stealing a 30-foot refrigerated delivery truck and crashing into a police car (his little road trip took him through downtown Minneapolis and down a major interstate highway). Then last week, he managed to evade airport security and gate agents to board a Delta plane to Las Vegas.

“Unlucky” Friday the 13th flight 666 to Hel has safely landed

// September 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Airplane taking off in cloudy skies

Finnair flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki (HEL) actually took off twice on Friday the 13th with both flights being fairly full of passengers. Pilots for Flight 666 to Hel took great pains to laugh it off. “It has been quite a joke among the pilots. I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”

This is why Hong Kong’s most dangerous airport was shut down 15 years ago

// July 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Crashed plant at Kai Tak Airport

Opened in 1925 and renowned for its notorious “Hong Kong Turn” and a spate of deadly accidents, the dangerous Kai Tak Airport (also known as the Hong Kong International Airport) was shut down on July 6, 1989. Kai Tak’s runway jutted out into the sea and its descent required a sharp turn between Hong Kong skyscrapers and nearby craggy mountains. Providing the ultimate test for pilot’s skills, accidents were frequent and included planes crashing into the sea and clipping the sides of skyscrapers as they made their approach. Below are a set of pictures that provide ample reasons for its shuttering 15 years ago.

Chinese plane grounded after collision with UFO results in extensive damage to nose-cone

// June 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Damage to nose cone of Chinese Boeing 757 after collision

According to admittedly sketchy and incomplete reports, on the morning of June 4, 2013, a Air China Boeing 757 on route from Chengdu to Guangzhou was flying at an altitude of 26,000 feet when suddenly it was struck by an unknown flying object. The collision occurred 20 minutes after takeoff, soon after the aircraft reached cruising altitude. There were no injuries aboard the aircraft but the Boeing 757 suffered major damage to the nose cone of the aircraft. Pilots chose to turn back to the airport in Chengdu where they made an emergency landing, stepped outside, and were stunned to see the extensive damage caused to the plane by the collision.

UFO appears to fly directly into Mexico’s active Popocatepetl volcano (VIDEO)

// June 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // News

UFO appears to fly directly into Mexico’s active Popocatepetl volcano (VIDEO)

There’s an interesting video making the rounds today. I see a couple of potential explanations (reversed video, a commercial airlines flying behind the volcano, etc.) but nothing definitive meaning, yeah, it’s a pretty interesting UFO shot. The video was shot on May 30, 2013 at around 8:30 PM local time at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano located about 40 miles south of Mexico City. It’s the latest in a series of UFO sightings that have taken place near the central Mexico active volcano since 2012.

Emergency ejection results in 40-minute ordeal as pilot is flung about inside a thunderstorm cloud

// May 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Navy F-8 Crusader jet airplane

The next time you feel like complaining about turbulence while flying aboard a commercial airlines, consider the situation Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Rankin survived after ejecting from his F-8 jet fighter that was flying Mach .82, at 47,000 feet, above a thunderstorm. To date, Rankin is the only known person to survive a fall through a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. He paid one heck of a price for his adventure.

Report released revealing commercial airline near-miss with UFO over Glasgow airport

// May 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Diagram of Glasgow UFO near-collision incident

A report was released yesterday revealing that a commercial passenger aircraft carrying up to 200 people came with 300 feet of colliding with an unidentified object over Glasgow Airport in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2012. The Airbus A320 airplane was making its final approach to Glasgow Airport when an object suddenly, and unexpectedly, passed about 300ft underneath it. The A320 was descending into Glasgow in clear conditions with the sun behind the aircraft, when both the plane’s pilots saw an object around 100 yards away. The pilot of the aircraft said the risk of collision with the object, which did not show up on his radar, had been “high”.

Man wraps his entire body in plastic in order to protect against religious impurity while flying aboard commercial airline

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Ultra Orthodox Jewish man wrapped in a life-size plastic bag aboard an airplane

We don’t much like making fun of anyone’s religion but this must have been some sight to see for passengers of a recent commercial airline flight. A photo of an Ultra Orthodox Jewish man wrapped in a life-size plastic bag aboard an airplane has been posted online and is quickly going viral. It is believed the man may belong to the Kohen sect of Judaism, whose members believe they cannot come in close contact with dead in order to protect their higher-than-average holiness. However, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, leader of the Lithuanian Haredi community in Israel, has recently found a solution to this issue, ruling that wrapping oneself in thick plastic bags while the plane crossed over the cemetery is permissible, which would explain the man’s bizarre protective travel gear.