- BEIJING, Dec 10, 1999 --
(Agence France Presse) China is undergoing a sudden surge in unidentified
flying object (UFO) sightings, always with the same description, the normally
staid official press said Monday.
- The Beijing Youth Daily published an article on the sightings
Monday with a photo of two airborne oblong luminous objects taken the night
before by China's central broadcaster.
- The newspaper said the photo, which resembles a pair
of missiles, was taken above the district of Changping, north of Beijing.
- In another article, illustrated with a similar photo
taken above the capital, the newspaper carried witnesses accounts of UFO
sightings on November 14 and December 11, both late in the afternoon.
- Shanghai's press weighed in last week, reporting -- with
a photo -- on two local UFO sightings on the same date at the beginning
of the month, at roughly the same place and time.
- "It was oblong, yellow, with a shiny pointed top
and a white tail,' one of the witnesses, identified only as "Mrs Yang,"
told the Liberation Daily.
- An aviation expert who saw video footage of one of the
sightings was quoted as saying the object was neither an airplane nor a
meterological phenomenon, but an "artificial flying object."
- The Beijing Youth Daily theorized the sightings could
have been illusions created by fumes from the engines of jets taking off
at dusk. ((c) 1999 Agence France Presse)