Location: Wanganui, Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand
Aircraft: Grand Commander
Witness: Captain Peter Telling & co-pilot
Capt. Telling was known as Radio I’s ‘Peter T.’ and was a pilot 3 days a week, as well as a radio host.
Duration of sighting:
157 degrees radial from Ohura Beacon.
Captain Peter Telling, flying a Grand Commander aircraft at an altitude of 10,000 feet over the Ohura Beacon area, thought he had a fire in his starboard engine and looked carefully to assess what was happening. About 30 yards from the aircraft he observed a UAP, which stayed in position and pacing the Grand Commander for about 20-25 seconds.
The automatic direction-finding compass and both the gyroscopic and magnetic compasses went haywire and spun at a speed of about 12 revolutions per minute. All directional equipment remained non-functional until he passed over the Wanganui area.
The UAP appeared as a ball of intense bluish-white light some 20-40 feet in diameter, much like a welding arc.
Captain Telling stated many of his colleagues had had similar experiences, but preferred not to talk about them. He stated his co-pilot was prepared to confirm his account of the sighting.
He also stated that during the last week in April 1973, he saw a high-flying light that changed colour from orange through to green and blue and traveled in a west-east direction, contrary to that of satellites. Once again, his co-pilot was willing to support the account of this sighting.
Source: Extract from ‘Spaceview’ No 65, 1973, V. Harris.