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Is Turkey hiding alien encounters?

The number of UFO sightings over Turkey has significantly increased in the past few years, with some Turkish Airlines pilots convinced that the bright lights in the Turkish airspace are in fact UFOs.
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I was on holiday in Bodrum in July 2014 when at about 5 p.m. a strange, bright object appeared in the sky. My first thought was that this was a balloon, but a balloon would not appear so large from that altitude. Moreover, the object was emitting a bright light and moving faster than a balloon. It disappeared in 10-15 seconds. It had taken me by surprise, and I was uncertain if I had just seen a UFO.

Bodrum is one of the most popular resort towns in Turkey, where foreign and local tourists flock to in the summer months. Announcing in public that I had just seen a UFO would have surely resulted in responses mocking my observation. Since I wasn’t sure of what I had seen, I didn’t make a fuss out of it and just told my wife, who replied, ”It could be something else such as a laser show.”

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