Aviation Safety in America:
A Previously Neglected Factor
By Richard Haines, Ph.D.
The following report is written by Dr Richard Haines, a senior research scientist at NASA Ames and is the flagship report for the newly formed National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP). The full 90-page report can be viewed on the NIDS web site at:
Three kinds of reported unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) dynamic behavior and reported consequences are addressed in Haines, report, each of which can affect air safety:
(1) near miss and other high speed maneuvers conducted by the UAP near aircraft,
(2) transient and permanent electromagnetic effects onboard the aircraft that affect navigation, guidance, and flight control systems, and
(3) close encounter flight performance by the UAP that produces cockpit distractions which inhibit the flight crew from flying the airplane in a safe manner.
More than one hundred documented close encounters between UAP and commercial, private, and military airplanes are reviewed relative to these three topics. These reports are drawn from several sources including the author,s personal files, aviation reports prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administered "Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS)."
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