A recent UFO sighting in Turkey caused Gaziantep Airport to shut down for 12 hours, stranding hundreds of passengers and resulting in 26 flights being canceled and others being delayed.
The New Straits Times reports that the initial UFO sighting occurred around 12:30 a.m. when a commercial aircraft spotted a UFO on its radar at an altitude of 9,000 feet.
Turkish news website Habertürk also reported that the UFO was confirmed by air traffic controllers.
This resulted in some flights scheduled to land at Gaziantep Airport being diverted to Adana and Sanliurfa Airports.
Gaziantep Airport State Airports Authority (DHMI) reported that a NOTAM (Notice to airman: a notice alerting aircraft pilots of potential hazards) was not issued over the incident.
A similar UFO sighting halted flights in Taiwan
Coincidentally, two days later a UFO sighting at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan also caused flight delays that impacted more than 1,000 passengers. Taoyuan International Airport is the busiest airport in Taiwan.
Focus Taiwan reports that the airport shutdown started after the UFO was spotted by a China Airlines pilot.
Runway closures impacted seven flights, affecting 919 passengers. Two other flights due to land at Taoyuan Airport were diverted to other locations, impacting another 280 passengers.
Unlike the lengthy airport shutdown in Turkey, the flight disruption in Taiwan only lasted around 40 minutes.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Co. (TIAC) reported that airport authorities were unable to identify what the UFO was before resuming flights.
Earlier this month, a glowing group of UFOs in the sky above Las Vegas were witnessed by numerous residents.
While Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base and Harry Reid International Airport are all located in the region around the city, all of the locations denied any knowledge of what occurred.
Luckily, those UFOs did not cause any flight delays as a spokesperson for Harry Reid International Airport said they were “unaware of any activity that would produce strange illumination in the night sky.”