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NZealand releases files detailing UFO reports

Mysterious lights in the sky and even a flying saucer are among reported UFO sightings detailed in classified documents released by New Zealand's military this week.

world Updated: Dec 23, 2010 22:20 IST

Mysterious lights in the sky and even a flying saucer are among reported UFO sightings detailed in classified documents released by New Zealand's military this week. The thousands of documents cover more than 50 years of New Zealanders' reports of encounters with unidentified flying objects.

The files cover the country's best-known UFO mystery in 1978 in the southern island town of Kaikoura. A cargo plane reported strange lights following it and air traffic controllers detected radar blips that could not be explained.

Most files suggest natural explanations for the sightings, including meteors and reflections off boat lights. New Zealand's Defence Force released the files on Wednesday under a freedom of information request.