"It was unbelievable." The words belonged to Kenju Terauchi, a Japan Air Lines pilot who was trying to describe an inflight incident that thus far has defied explanation. The veteran pilot says theree unidentified flying objects - two small ones and one twice the size of an aircraft carrier - trailed his JAL cargo jet for 400 miles across the Arctic skies. Terauchi yesterday acknowledged that some of his colleagues have doubts about what he, his co-pilot and flight engineer saw Nov. 17 as they flew from Iceland to Anchorage. The crewmen of JAL Flight 1628 reported seeing flashing lights trailing their jet that clear night to the Federal Aviation Administration, which interviewed the three in Anchorage. The plane later went on to Tokyo. FAA officials Monday confirmed the controller who handled Flight 1628 saw a mysterious object trail the jet on his radar, and Air Force officials at the Alaska Air Command said their radar picked up something near the JAL plane. In yesterday's interview, Terauchi, 47, a pilot with 29 years of experience, said he saw three UFOs and that at one point lights from the two smaller ones appeared directly in front of the Boeing 747 cockpit at close range. Terauchi referred to the objects as "the two small ships and the mothership," and expressed amazement that they disappeared and reappeared and moved quickly and stopped suddenly. He said he could not explain the events, except to speculate that he saw something of extraterrestrial origin. Speaking in English with occasional help from a translator, Terauchi drew maps, pictures and supplied technical annotation to describe the incident. Terauchi repeatedly said the object that appeared on FAA and Air Force radar was "a very big one - two times bigger than an aircraft carrier." The smaller UFOs did not appear on his radar, he said. Nor were additional objects picked up on FAA or Air Force radar. Terauchi said the three crewmen saw lights from the two small objects. He drew a picture for the FAA showing lights on a formation, each object having what appeared to be two panels of lights. The captain said he saw lights on the larger object and once, near Fairbanks, saw it in faint silhouette eight miles away. He drew a picture of what he saw - something resembling a large shelled walnut. The crew was not frightened, Terauchi said. Their feeling was, he said, "We want to escape from this." And so - with FAA permission and direction - the crew dropped in altitude and made numerous turns, but the objects remained. "They were still following us," Terauchi said, and FAA radar confirmed that at least one object remained despite the maneuvers. Asked if he was nervous, Terauchi replied, "No, I am the captain. I cannot be nervous." Asked why he thought the UFOs would tail his plane, Terauchi laughed and replied, "We were carrying Beaujolais, a very famous wine made in France. Maybe they want to drink it." FAA security manager Jim Derry, who interviewed the crewmen, said they were "normal, professional, rational, (and had) no drug or alcohol involvement." FAA flight control reports indicate the mysterious object stayed with Flight 1628 for at least 32 minutes. Terauchi said he thought it was longer. The flight controller directing the JAL plane reported the object on his radar as close as five miles to the jet.
Aliens have contacted humans several times but governments have hidden the truth for 60 years, the sixth man to walk on the moon has claimed. Apollo 14 astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, said he was aware of many UFO visits to Earth during his career with NASA but each one was covered up. Dr Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview that sources at the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little people who look strange to us.' He said supposedly real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a small frame, large eyes and head. Chillingly, he claimed our technology is 'not nearly as sophisticated' as theirs and "had they been hostile", he warned 'we would be been gone by now'. Dr Mitchell, along with with Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, holds the record for the longest ever moon walk, at nine hours and 17 minutes following their 1971 mission. 'I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real,' Dr Mitchell said. 'It's been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it's leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it. UFO theorists believe Roswell in New Mexico was the site of an alien crash in 1947 'I've been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes - we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it's been happening quite a bit.' Dr Mitchell, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics claimed Roswell was real and similar alien visits continue to be investigated. He told the astonished Kerrang! radio host Nick Margerrison: "This is really starting to open up. I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organisations are moving in that direction.' Mr Margerrison said: 'I thought I'd stumbled on some sort of astronaut humour but he was absolutely serious that aliens are definitely out there and there's no debating it.' Officials from NASA, however, were quick to play the comments down. In a statement, a spokesman said: "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe. 'Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue.'
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