The appearance of an unidentified flying object had forced an airport in Baotou in Inner Mongolia to delay the landing of three planes by nearly an hour on Saturday night.
The UFO, the third reported in China so far this year, was seen hovering about four kilometers east of the Baotou airport at 8pm, the online news portal Dbw.cn reported today.
Airport officials immediately called off the landing of three flights from Shanghai and Beijing at 9:14pm out of safety concerns. Another two planes were ordered to land in neighboring Ordos Airport and Taiyuan Airport.
The airport operation went back to normal by 10pm, the report said. But officials gave no further details about the object.
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Workers at the Hohhot Air Traffic Management Bureau observed with instruments an unidentified flying object (UFO) 40 kilometers east of Baotou, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11.
“The airport received a notice from the Hohhot Air Traffic Management Bureau about the appearance of an UFO. To guarantee security, the aircraft heading for the airport had to land at secondary airports. Otherwise, it may have led to collisions,” said Ms. Luo, from the Baotou Airport.
Around 9:14 p.m., three flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Baotou were delayed, and the aircraft were forced to circle in the air while waiting to land.
Furthermore, the Air China Flight 1107 from Beijing to Baotou landed at the Erdos Airport and the Juneyao Airlines Flight 1137 from Shanghai to Baotou landed at the Taiyuan Airport.
The Baotou Airport did not receive a notice on resuming normal operations until 10 p.m.