Go Back Report # 1375



     Other reports briefly summarized by eyewitnesses to events in their personal letters to this editor are not quoted here because they are more extensively shown elsewhere in this book in their normal chronology. They are as follows:


26 August 1980, 20:50, Dinghai Island, Zhoushan Archip. [Archipelago]

26 August 1980, 22:45, Yellow Sea, East of Lianyungang


The Dinghai Island report was a joint letter signed by five officers and soldiers of the PLA Unit garrisoned on the island. They said, "Later, we phoned Comrade Zhang Biti, who was on duty on the mountain. His account of this phenomenon was the same as ours, but he saw it a little bit longer, about two and a half minutes.” This letter was posted on August 27 and Comrade Wang Kangxin, Political Instructor for this unit, had specially written the words "Proved to be true" for the sake of seriousness.


The Yellow Sea report was described in a joint letter written by two sailors aboard their ship, the "SS Qinfen No. 25," which was posted on the ship the following day. Of this report, Editor Jin Tao concluded with this comment: “According to the analysis of the two sailors, they believed that it could not be a meteor or a comet. Though from its way of movement, flying altitude and flaming tail, it could be explained away as a rocket, yet they ruled out this possibility too. Because the altitude of a long range rocket should be higher above the atmosphereic [sic] layer while the orbit of a short range rocket must be like a parabola. Besides as the course taken by the ship was the sea route used by merchant ships, there should not be any military manoeuvre without notification in advance. They concluded that the only posibility [sic] was that it was a 'Flying Saucer.’”

     Referring only to the letter reports pertaining to 26 August, the editor continued: “However, from the five letters sent from different places in China, we can draw this conclusion: The 'Flying Saucer’ witnessed on the night of August 26 was considerably large and the area of sighting, from the north at Yancheng, in northern Jiangsu Province and the Yello [sic] Sea to the south at Yongkang in Zhejiang Province, was very large too. The sightings of a 'Flying Saucer' on 26 August afford much food for thought and deserve further study.”


Reference for the above text is: UFOs over Modern China by Wendelle C. Stevens and Paul Dong. Translated from Chinese by the Foreign Language Bureau of Peking, © 1983.




Asia – China, Zhejiang Province

Dinghai   Latitude 30-00-39 N, Longitude 122-12-17 E (D-M-S) [seat of a third-order administrative division]

Yongkang       Latitude 28-53-00 N, Longitude 120-02-00 E (D-M-S) [populated place]


Yellow Sea – Oceans (general)

Yellow Sea      Latitude 36-00-00 N, Longitude 124-00-00 E (D-M-S)


Asia – China, Jiangsu Province

Lianyungang   Latitude 34-43-55 N, Longitude 119-26-33 E (D-M-S) [populated place]

Yancheng        Latitude 33-23-08 N, Longitude 120-07-31 E (D-M-S) [populated place]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


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