Kuwait UFO Landing

Date: November 9 to 21, 1978
Location: Umm Alaish, Kuwait
Appearance: Cylinder
Classification: CE 2
Sources: P.G. Jacob; Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research; US Embassy in Kuwait; Kuwait Oil Company
Summary: UFO lands in Kuwait and shuts down oil pumping station

Kuwait Oil Company employees reported a series of UFO sightings from November 9 to November 21, 1978, including alleged photographs in some cases. P.G. Jacob, a marine biologist employed by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), reported: "All the sightings occurred in the oil fields of Kuwait Oil Company, the major oil producing concern in Kuwait."

On November 9, 1978, technicians at Gathering Centre No. 24, observed a disc shaped object.

On November 10, from a distance of 250 meters, seven employees of the Kuwait Oil Company witnessed a huge cylinder with a dome on top. It was soundless, the size of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, and it had flashing red lights. The whole bathed of powerful lights.

As the UFO landed silently, the automatic pumping equipment shut down. It can only be restarted manually. The attempts of the witnesses to contact the ministry for the Interior were fruitless, because all telephone calls and radio were cut in the area during the seven minutes of presence of the UFO. Suddenly, the strange object took off verticaly and at rapid speed. When the UFO vanished, the pumping system started itself up again!

The KISR conducted an investigation, but could not explain the sightings.

When a similar UFO appeared on November 21, a Kuwait Oil Company employee obtained a number of photographs of the object as it flew over a 20-foot water tower and hovered in the area for 30 minutes. These were examined by KISR, but their report has never been released.

Stunning declassified document: below is the cable from the US Embassy in Kuwait discussing several quite spectacular UFO incidents in 1978.

R 290606Z JAN 79
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 2864
INFO AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
AMEMBASSY DOHA
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY MANAMA
AMEMBASSY MUSCAT
SECDEF WASHDC
USCINCEUR
USICA WASHDC
UNCLAS KUWAIT 0486
CINCEUR ALSO FOR POLAD
E.O. 12065: N/A
TAGS: MPOL, PINS, MASS, SOPN, TGEN, KU
SUBJECT: "UFO" SIGHTINGS CAUSE SECURITY CONCERN IN KUWAIT

1. A series of "UFO"sightings on november 9 caused the GOK to appoint an investigatory committee of experts from the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The committee's report which was released January 20 described eight sightings from November to December 14. A number of the early sightings took place near a Kuwait Oil Company gathering center north of Kuwait City. Release of the committee's report was something of a media event as it coincided with Jan 21 front page stories of yet another "UFO" sighting over Kuwait City, which included photographs in local newspapers.

2. The KISR committee rejected the notion that the "UFO's" were espionage devices but remained equivocal about whether they were of extraterrestrial origin. The KISR committee representative, Ratib Abu Id, told Emboff that the scientists did not know enough about the phenomena to say with certainty that they weren't "spaceships". The report went on to recommend that the government take all possible measures to protect Kuwait's air space and territory as well as the country's oil resources.

3. Some local wags have made light of the first UFO sightings which came near the end of the long and traditionally exuberant holiday celebrations of Id-Al-Adha. However we have learned recently of an event coincident with one of the UFO sightings which has confounded some of our most level-headed Kuwaiti friends, and may have been what persuaded the GOK to make a serious investigation of the matter. A senior Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) official told us the the "UFO" which first appeared over the northern oil fields seemingly did strange things to KOC's automatic pumping equipment. This equipment is designed to shut itself down when there is some failure which may seriously damage the petroleum gathering and transmission system and it can only be restarted manually. At the time of the "UFO's" appearance the pumping system automatically shut itself down and when the "UFO" vanished the system started itself up again. This event was not addressed by the KISR committee report.

4. Even those who are not inclined to believe in visitors from outer space do tend to think something strange has been going on in Kuwaiti airspace. There has been speculation, for example, about helicopters or hovercraft bringing refugees or money out of beleaguered Iran. At the least, the phenomena have stimulated a new degree of interest among top Kuwaiti officials in the country's air defense system, which did not react in any way to the "events" in the KOC north field because it was closed down for the night.

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic
Review 20 Mar 2014