December 1999
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UFO sighting one for Shanghai's X-Files

UFO sighting one for Shanghai's X-Files

The usually staid state media in Shanghai carried reports
yesterday that an unidentified flying object had been sighted in
the city.

In a front-page story, with colour photographs of an object
resembling a meteor, the Wenhui Daily said the UFO was spotted
over western Shanghai on Thursday afternoon.

The paper said one of its reporters dashed to the 43rd floor of
a building after receiving a call from a reader about the
sighting. The reporter claimed he saw an illuminated object
which remained stationary in the sky for about 10 minutes before
it disappeared.

Two Shanghai television channels broadcast footage of an object
darting through the sky with a flaming orange tail, saying
nearly 100 people saw it.

A former researcher at the Shanghai Observatory, Professor Jiang
Xiaoyuan, was among the witnesses but he could not offer any

The UFO hovered over Shanghai for 1.5 hours, reports said.

The city's aviation bureau and Hongqiao airport said their radar
did not detect anything.

The Shanghai Daily also reported the incident in a story
headlined "UFO darts across the city's skyline".

The paper ran its story on the same page as an advertisement for
the X-Files movie, which is based on the television series about
two American Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who probe
unexplained phenomena.

The paper's Web site also listed incidents of UFO reports from
different parts of the mainland throughout the year.


The Shanghai Daily's report on this incident is available at: