Photos probably authentic – A UFO shut down a major airport in China on July 7. The flight crew spotted the object while preparing to land around 8 pm in the evening. As soon as they reported it, outgoing flights were grounded and planes that were preparing to land were diverted to other airports.

A total of 18 flights were affected, although normal operations were resumed an hour later. When the news got out, there was a tidal wave of speculation on the Chinese internet. One blogger wrote that “it is a hidden U.S. bomber flying toward China,” while another, more sober, blogger wrote: “In my opinion, the UFO is neither a US missile nor a Russian satellite. Suggestions that it is extraterrestrial are evenmore preposterous. Everyone, use your head. This is clearly a man-made phenomenon. Would the US or Russia risk provoking China’s anger by firing a missile or satellite rocket inChinese skies, without warning? I believe the Chinese military is responsible for the UFO. It is a new missile or aircraft being tested out.”

People living near the Hangzhou airport took photos of the object, which show a hovering object glowing in golden light with a comet-like tail. Witnesses say they also saw a UFO that gave off red and white light rays. ABC News quotes local resident Ma Shijun as saying, “I felt a beam of light over my head. Looking up, I saw a streak of bright, white light flying across the sky, so I picked up the camera and took the photo. The time was 8:26 pm. However, whether the object was a plane, or whether it was Xiaoshan Airport’s UFO, I don’t have a clear answer.”

One of’s photo experts says this about the photos: “At first I had my doubts about these photos, especially the top one, but on further analysis and comparison I believe they’re probably legitimate images of the object that, according to various reports, apparently shut down Hangzhou airport on July 7. A friend of mine who produces high-end GCI in Hollywood agrees.

“Hoaxed UFO photos and videos are almost always presented in isolation and tend to lack any cross-confirmation. But these were taken from very different distances and points of view, and they clearly show the same, or a very similar, object. It appears to be a very narrow craft with two rows of lights: The top row is dimmer and you can see the separate light sources, which are switched on in different patterns at different times. The bottom row is brighter and the lights can evidently be panned and tilted so their beams can converge or diverge–we see various examples in these pictures.”

“China has been a rip-roaring hotbed of reported UFO activity for the past few years, as has the UK. Unfortunately there have also been a spate of hoaxes (mainly in the UK) involving Chinese paper lanterns with candles inside that are set aloft like hot-air balloons. Those unfamiliar with the field of UFO research are often fooled by these lanterns, which has tended to pollute the overall database of reports. In any case, these photos, despite having been taken in China, clearly do not represent Chinese lanterns!

“As with many similar sighting reports, this object clearly wanted to be seen, and then departed abruptly at an “impossible” rate of speed.

“Could this be a secret military device? Anything is possible, although secret military devices are generally not demonstrated over populated areas nor are they likely to operate close to civilian air traffic.” This may be the reason the Chinese military didn’t try to shoot it down.

Another prominent UFO investigator has offered the opinionthat the photographs were generated by using long exposuretimes on a helicopter with a searchlight.

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