Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon Disrupts Flights at Hangzhou Airport in 2010

In the summer of 2010, Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan Airport became a hotspot for a puzzling event involving unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). On July 7th evening, normal operations at the airport were abruptly halted due to unusual lights spotted in the sky, causing delays and rerouting of flights.

The incident began with reports of erratic bright lights observed by air traffic controllers at the Hohhot Air Traffic Management Bureau. These lights were first noticed by a flight crew preparing to land at around 8:40 PM, who then notified air traffic control. Airport authorities reacted swiftly by grounding departing flights and diverting incoming ones to nearby airports in Ningbo and Wuxi.

The seriousness of the situation was underscored by the airport activating its air defense siren and deploying fighter jets for an overnight patrol. The spectacle attracted the attention of thousands of people at the airport, many of whom captured photos and videos of varying quality.

Eighteen flights were impacted by the event. Although normal operations resumed within an hour, the incident became a national media frenzy, igniting widespread speculation about the nature of the UAP.

After roughly an hour, the lights and the object vanished entirely, allowing passenger planes to resume landing.

Adding fuel to the fire of public curiosity, Hangzhou residents shared photos taken earlier that afternoon, depicting a hovering object bathed in golden light with a tail resembling a comet. Locals also reported sightings of a flying object emitting red and white light, less than an hour before the airport shutdown.

One eyewitness, Ma Shijun, recounted his experience while taking an evening walk with his wife. “I felt a beam of light above me. When I looked up, I saw a streak of bright white light moving across the sky. It prompted me to take a picture with my camera at 8:26 PM. However, I couldn’t say for certain if it was a plane or the rumored UFO,” Ma told Xinhua news agency.

In an attempt to provide a more down-to-earth explanation, Hangzhou meteorological officials suggested that the afternoon sightings were likely light reflections from an aircraft. Zhu Jing, curator of the Beijing Planetarium, echoed this theory regarding Ma’s photo, likening the image to the common sight of airplane strobe lights.

The following day, reports surfaced from Chongqing about another unidentified flying object sighting, further intensifying national curiosity and sparking debates.

Chinese news outlets reported a few days later that authorities had identified the UAP after an investigation. However, citing “military connections,” state-run China Daily concluded that “there was no suitable moment for public disclosure” of the information.

This marked the end of the news coverage on this significant event. There were no further investigations or official pronouncements.

The year 2010 predates the widespread use of smartphones. Nevertheless, the large number of witnesses at the airport resulted in numerous videos and photos being shared on Chinese online platforms at the time.

These videos and photos were reportedly deleted by government departments within a day. Even news reports from CCTV covering the incident were mysteriously removed. Only a handful of photos and videos remain accessible today.

The true nature of the lights witnessed at the Hangzhou airport in 2010 remains shrouded in mystery, despite conflicting explanations from officials and eyewitness accounts.