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UFO mystery in Kolkata air
Prasanta Paul, Kolkata, Feb 1, DH News Service :

A glowing round object making a speedy descent near the West Bengal-Bihar border early on January 26 left pilots of five aircraft baffled, triggering widespread speculation about unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The first person to sight the object was a senior Air India pilot who was navigating the aircraft at a height of 34,000 ft during its flight from Kolkata to New Delhi.

“The plane was just entering the airspace of Gaya, close to Bengal-Bihar border, when I first noticed the glowing object, below the aircraft, hurtling down at a very high speed,” Captain Rishi was quoted as saying by the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower here at Dum Dum International Airport.

The Air India pilot initially didn’t pay much attention as it is customary for the pilots to notice several such things midair. But when the aircraft was close to Varanasi, the object was still brightly visible.

Without wasting time, he informed the Varanasi Air Traffic Control from where ATC, Kolkata, was alerted.

The officials at ATC pondered over whether pilots of other international flights that might have crossed the Kolkata-Bihar-Varanasi route, had also observed the glowing object reported by Capt Rishi.

Accordingly, the ATC, Kolkata, beamed asking signals for other international flights that flew the same airspace during the period concerned.

Foreign pilots confirm

To their utter surprise, the air traffic control officials were told by as many as four foreign airlines flight pilots that they had seen the same object and all of them reiterated that it was falling down at a great speed!

FinAir of Finland and Novou Air of Sweden were flying from the West to East while a couple of flights of Cathay Pacific and Dynasty Airways of China were moving in the opposite direction at an altitude between 34,000 and 37,000 ft over the airspace supposed to be in the trajectory of the object.

Once the foreign airlines pilots radioed back the ATC tower here, confirming their sighting of the object, ATC engineers immediately got in touch with the Indian Air Force. However, the IAF engineers pointed out that their powerful radar had failed to track or notice any unusual object.

“It could be a shooting star or part of a meteor or a metal that had a sudden entry into the earth’s atmosphere as a result of which it turned into a burning object and appeared glowing from a distance,” explained Positional Astronomy Centre director Sanjib Sen.

“There is no denying the fact of its existence as so many pilots having seen it.”
But when everyone had seen it falling at a high speed, where and when the object had hit the earth? There is apparently no answer to this question so far.

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By: G.rave
On: 17 Feb 2011 05:33 pm

Its good to see all these comments and speculation.It must not have been a UFO after all.But,i ask this question from every one who have seen the open untamed skies in the night.With so many stars and planets in just our milky way; how can some one ever believe that we are the only ones alive,breathing,intelligent and ......... all alone?Think about it ppl

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By: Jiya
On: 03 Feb 2011 02:01 pm

Sometimes, when flying from Chennai to Kolkata, it is quite common to see shooting stars over the Bay of Bengal. But this is only on night flights and near Vizag. Many crew have seen them.

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By: Guest
On: 05 Feb 2011 01:16 pm

Open your mind. I am pretty sure senior pilots of 5 airliners do know the difference between shooting stars and unknown objects. This happened a week ago over jerusalem, and thankfully, a difficult one to ignore even by hardcore skeptics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHSqRKmhQcs

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By: roo
On: 03 Feb 2011 03:11 am

Probably the Russians and the failure of their latest earth mapping satellite www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1102/01rockot/

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By: anoop
On: 03 Feb 2011 12:12 am

hi am anoop from bangalore.... we too spotted a fire like burning object flying in air..... Date 1-jan-2011 Place Rajajinagar Timing some where in between 6:45pm-7:15 pm just as a speed of an aircraft ... At first we thought it was an aircraft then as it got getting closer we could recognize it was a big object on fire... we could easily see the flames burning... it was not a white light, it was red and flame like a camp fire... then we assumed that it was an hot air balloon ... but only seeing Deccan Herald news paper morning i came to know it was an ufo.... i really have strong feeling that its not from an alien, it could be a spy thing sent from an enemy nation(PAK).....

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By: Nagesh
On: 09 Feb 2011 04:47 pm

I am sky gazer from my childhood and no the difference from shooting stars and certain falling objects falling of the sky, though i don't know thier scietific names. What am trying to to tell is i have seen this in bangalore.When it was on papers i knew what they were referring to. It was summer holidays in 1998 this burning object (xatly like anoop mentioned not white light) travelling in a horizontal direction low flying atleast 200 /300 ft but very fast. This is ball of fire but the brightness does produce light in the path. We did call the metorigical dept but they did'nt have clue of what it was. I don' know what to call it.

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By: akc
On: 02 Feb 2011 04:43 pm

Frequent UFO sightings all over the world has increased in just a few months.There were numerous UFO sightings in newyork(mass sighting on oct 13),china(an airport was shutdown bcoz of UFO in dec) and moscow(january).Indonesian crop circles also happened in January.Aliens will land on earth before the end of 2011.All the governments know of this and aliens have contacted them.Channeled messages say that official UFO disclosure may happen before end of Mar 2011. India Daily article:China and India both know about underground UFO base in the Himalayan border area deep into the tectonic plates >> http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/01-09a-05.asp

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By: riz
On: 04 Feb 2011 12:31 pm

I am not 5 ft in front of you, I live far from you, you have never seen me at all yet I exist.Therefore I am real, very real.

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By: Ronin
On: 14 Feb 2011 11:54 am

LOL, Riz! You've hit the nail right on the head, man. We need a dose of this kind of healthy scepticism to counter so-called "UFOs" that can easily be scientifically explained. But, then, rumours are spread by those who couldn't be bothered by the rigours of evidentiary science. It's like these people are saying, with the kind of faith that earlier used to be reserved only for religion, "I can see you and you look like an eagle with its tail on fire, which can't happen, so you must be from Andromeda."

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