Conflicting reports out of China continue related to UFO incidents that caused the shut down of airports in China.
On July 7th, airport officials in China were forced to shut down the Xiaoshan airport in Hangzhou. Almost two months later, on September 11th, airport officials shut down an airport in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.
Airport officials at both airports cited UFOs as the reason for the airport shut downs. The sighting in Baotou was called a “near collision” between a UFO and a commercial passenger flight.
The Xiaoshan incident was explained away by an illegally flying private plane by China Daily on August 5th. The only explanation regarding the Bataou incident, until now, was a denial that the incident ever happened. According to ABC News,“The Chinese government had said on previous occasions that the lights claimed to be UFOs were military exercises, but the government denied the Sept. 11 incident happened at all.”
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) in Hong Kong has released an alternate explanation for the Baotou incident that never mentions that government denial. The explanation now matches the initial Xiaoshan airport explanation: “black flights” (illegally flying private planes and helicopters).
Time wrote about the “black flight” problem in mid-August to explain away the Hangzhou incident. It was stated that China’s billionaires fly off-the grid, making short-hop flights, because China’s airspace is tightly controlled by the government. The process to fly legally would take much too long for the billionaires to take off “on the fly” to match their schedules. According to Time, “Would-be flyers need to apply to several different local and national ministries and departments to get the appropriate licenses and must submit detailed flight plans to the local air-traffic-control
department at least seven working days in advance.” Therefore, the billionaires bypass the legalities. If they are caught, the fees are just pocket change for these billionaires, it was reported.
None of these articles, however, have offered an explanation as to why experienced airport officials would identify planes as ‘UFOs” as the reason for shutting down airports.
The Baotou incident was the 9th report of a UFO in China since June, with the others reporting from Hunan, Sichuan, Shandong, Shanxi, Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
But wait, in another now conflicting piece of information, the SCMP now reports that the Xiaoshan Airport shut down in July was due to a military test at a nearby air force base. This conflicts with the China Daily explanation from August 5th that blamed the incident on a “black flight”. The news source also reports: “In late April, flights to Shanghai’s Pudong and Hongqiao airports were delayed or forced to be diverted after an illegal flight by a helicopter.”
SCMP does not elaborate as to why those incidents did not prompt airport officials to dub the helicopters with the UFO label in April. SCMP is regarded as a “serious” newspaper and is considered as neutral towards the government. It is also considered to be a more “establishment-leaning” publication, according to Wikipedia.
Copyright © 2010 Cherlyn Gardner Strong
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