Earlier there were two sightings of unidentified flying objects over Zhejiang Province, one of which resulted in some flights being diverted from Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan Airport.
Now Beijing is getting in on the act – according to today’s Global Times, “An Unidentified Flying Object allegedly appeared in the city night sky on September 21, causing an in-flight civil aircraft to fly back to its departure airport.”
According to the report, Shandong Air SC1159, a Boeing 737-800 was traveling from Shandong’s capital Jinan to Beijing. The flight took off from Jinan at 9.05pm, but after reaching Beijing turned around and returned to its departure point.
Shandong Air client service center stated, “At that time we heard the news that there was a UFO over Beijing and our plane had to go back,” although another airline employee reportedly claimed the return had been caused by a “military exercise.”
The UFO was also sighted from the ground in Beijing where “Taiwanese graduate Celine Lin” came forward as a witness. Lin claims she saw something over Gulou: “An object traveling west to east at high speed ascended and disappeared. The trajectory was quite weird. It didn’t fly straight.”
Air traffic control had indeed been delayed, confirmed an airport publicity spokesman on condition of anonymity. He refused to comment on UFOs.