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AN AERIAL ENCOUNTER: 
A REPORT BY PHILIPPINE AIRLINES PILOT
(as published in the March 1983 issue of the Manila Times) 

Philippine Center for Aerial Phenomenon Studies

 MONTEVISTA OBSERVATORY

 12 Blk 6 Barangay Montevista

 Bacolod City 6100  Philippines               CASE NO : _______________________

 

 

PRELIMINARY DATA REQUIREMENT

DATE

 

UNDETERMINED

TIME

 

UNDETERMINED

 

 

NO. OF WITNESSES

 15 +

IN PERSON ( X  )     BY PHONE  (   )      BY MAIL (   )

 

NAME

 

NINO SALVANA (CAPTAIN)

AGE

SEX

 

M

 

ADDRESS

Manila (?)

 

PHONE NO:

 

 

NAME OF OTHER WITNESS

 

Capt NOLI SANCHEZ / Capt ROLLY CANLAS/ Capt ROGELIO ENVERGA

First Officers :  ORLANDO AQUINO DEL CASTILLO/  + 2 other First Officers on PR-118 and PR-146

 

 

 

 

 

NAME  OF OTHER WITNESS

 

Flight Attendants :  BING INOCANDO/ MALU SALAMED/ JANET SALAZAR/ (of Flt-128)  + 6 other flight attendants from Flt-118 and

Flt-146

 

 

 

 

 

SIGHTING INCIDENT / EXPERIENCE DATA

DATE

 

26 - FEBRUARY 1983

TIME

 

2000H  (8:00 pm)

 

WEATHERE CONDITION

(    )   OVERCAST SKIES      ( X )   CLEAR

(    )   PARTLY CLOUDY        (     )  INCLEMENT CONDITON

(    )   OTHER

LOCATION OF SIGHTING / INCIDENT

 

Philippine sovereign Territorial Air space

 

IMMEDIATE

NAME OF NEAREST TOWN / CITY

 

 

HOW WITNESS FIRST NOTICED THE OBJECT(S)

 

 His attention was called by Captain Noli Sanchez

 

 

TECHNICAL DATA / INFORMATION

APPARENT SIZE OF OBJECT(S) COMPARED TO

MOON              STAR

 

(    )   LARGER       (    )   LARGER

(    )   SMALLER     (    )   SMALLER

SAME AS  :            (     )   STAR   (    )  MOON

(  X  )   OTHER :   DESCRIPTION

 

 NOT SPECIFIED

 

SPECIFIC SHAPE(S) OFOBJECTS(S)

 

(    )  STARLIKE

(    )  OVAL SHAPE

(    )  DISC SHAPE

(    )  SPHERICAL /BALL-SHAPED

(  X )  OTHER

 

NOT SPECIFIED

 

WITNESS HEAR

 

(    )   YES / SOUND

( X)   NO SOUND /

S ILENT

 

COMMENT:

 

    N / A

NO. OF

OBJECT

      

 

 

 

 

3

DURATION

OF SIGHTING

           

 

 

 

7 +m

COMPASS DIRECTION OF OBJECT WHEN:

FIRST SEEN:

DUE WEST, BEARING

270 DEGREES

 ______________

 

LAST SEEN :

 

____________________

ANGLE OF ELEVATION WHEN

FIRST SEEN:

UNSPECIFIED /

"TOO LOW ON HORIZON"

______________   O

 

LAST SEEN :  ________________O

ANY SPECIFIC FEATURES OBSERVED:

 

NONE other than the whitish glow for the two smaller objects, and the changing of colors  or lighting by the biggest object.

 

OTHER EFFECTS NOTED:

 

Objects appeared to be observed to display unusual flight patterns / motions / aerial maneuvers /

HOW WITNESS LOST SIGHT OF OBJECT(S):

 

 

 

SIGNATURE OF WITNESS

 

 

 

Name & signature of field investigator

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIEF NARRATIVE ACCOUNT

 

 

 

 

I was seated in the jump seat (directly behind Captain Rogelio Enverga) on board Flight /PR-128 from Zamboanga City which was cruising at an altitude of 28,000 ft when suddenly we saw what seemed like a (an aerial) "dog-fight" outside the cockpit window, due west, bearing 270 degreesThe flight was cruising in good, clear, weather.  Then the exchange of radio messages between the other two flights, PR-118 and PR-146.

 

PR-118:  "Flt 128, this is Flt 118.  Over. . ."

 

PR-128:  "Go ahead, 118. . . this is Flt 128. . ."

 

PR-118:  "Flt 128, do yousee what we see at 9:00 o'clock?" (this was Captain Noli Sanchez asking if we had seen the strange "bright object" to our left). It was at this point that we all quickly looked to our left and we saw this bright object to the west, too low on the horizon to be a star or planet.

The first to spot /see/ observe the "object" was Capt. Noli Sanchez of Flt-118, which departed Davao City bound for Manila. The time (of the initial sighting) was placed at 2000H (8:00 pm /PST)

 

It (the object) pulsated with different colors: sometimes it was green, then red then blue, but always returning to an intense white light.

And then, some 3 minutes past 8:00 pm, another lighted object appeared but it was smaller than the first one.  It headed for the bigger object (which appeared to be stationary) but at a lower altitude. 

At this point, Capt Enverga called on the flight attendants (to check the sighting) and they/the ladies, also confirmed our sighting (of the objects).

Flight attendants Ms. Inocando and Ms. Salamed remarked that some passengers seated by the windows also were marvelling at the "show".

 

We watched in disbelief while another lighted object appeared.  Now, there were three (3) bright lights moving in "flight formation".  The biggest one would keep to the same direction, but sometimes it changed altitude.

For five (5) minutes, we saw the three lighted objects change positions.  Sometime they flew in a straight line, and other times they "appeared" to dive and then climb at incredible speed.

 

Only the bigger object changed color, while the two smaller objects appeared in a whitish glow.

 

We lost sight of the objects at 2007H (8:07 pm) when we were 144 miles from Manila.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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