Air Force jets scrambled after ‘UFO’ appears above airport before vanishing

A UFO was spotted over an airport prompting fighter jets to be scrambled in a bid to hunt it down.

The fighters, however, were left rushing around looking for the mystery object after it vanished into thin air. The incident, in India, left onlookers astonished with the UFO “visible with bare eyes” according to officials.

Imphal’s Bir Tikendrajit International Airport was shut for several hours, with officials issuing an emergency alert. Despite the initial sighting, no evidence was found of the object after the emergency response.

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A post on X, formerly Twitter, from the Indian Air Force (IAF) read: “IAF activated its Air Defence response mechanism based on visual inputs from Imphal airport. The small object was not seen thereafter.”

Further information about Indian official’s investigation into the unusual matter has been kept behind closed doors since then. Footage has also circulated, showing a small white dot floating above the airport. People can be seen looking on in confusion.

Jets from the Hashimara airbase in the eastern state of West Bengal were scrambled to investigate afterwards, but are understood to have found nothing.

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Speaking to ANI, an unnamed defence official said: “Soon after information about the UFO near the Imphal airport was received, a Rafale fighter aircraft from a nearby airbase was scrambled to go and search for the UFO.”

Despite the investigation reportedly going on for around three hours with nothing found, the official continued: "The UFO was visible with bare eyes moving westwards of the airfield (at the Imphal airport) till 4 pm."

Two flights were diverted and three were delayed following the unusual incident.

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