UFO sightings have increased in China in recent months, but one such sighting in September prompted an airport to shut down to prevent aircraft from crashing into the object, media reports said this week.
The airport is located in Baotou in Inner Mongolia, and three flights that were arriving had to circle around the airport to wait until the UFO disappeared, according to UK newspaper The Sun.
Two other flights were diverted away to nearby cities.
This incident was the eighth report of a UFO sighting in China in the past four months.
The object was said to be “flat and tubular” and hovered near the airport before disappearing, a source told The Sun.
There have been two other UFO sightings that have prompted the closure of Chinese airports.