UFOs dog jetliner into forced landing

The Colonist
Wednesday, Nov 14, 1979

MADRID (Reuter) - An airline pilot who made an emergency landing after reporting his plane was being followed by objects in the sky said Tuesday it was one of the most frightening experiences of his life.

The Spanish commercial jetliner with 119 passengers landed Sunday night at Valencia after Capt. Javier Lerdo-Tejeda said he was being "chased by unidentified flying objects. The plane was flying from Majorca to the Canary Islands.

Lerdo-Tejeda, a pilot for more than 15 years, told reporters two bright red lights followed the plane for 15 minutes.

"I have never seen anything like it before," he said. "They kept closing in all the time."

He said he immediately descended from cruising altitude, but the UFOs stayed on his tail.

They disappeared shortly before Spanish Air Force jet fighter planes were sent up to investigate, Lerdo-Tejeda said.


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