UFO sightings in the Canary Islands

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This is a list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects or UFOs in the Canary Islands.


This reported UFO sighting occurred over the Canary Islands on 22 June 1976. It is notable for its duration (over 40 minutes), multiple locations (it was observed in Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and by a ship at sea) and multiple witnesses (several hundred people, including both civilian and military personnel). It is one of the few accounts to include a report of details of the occupants inside the craft. The official report on the incident, by the Spanish Air Force, was declassified in June 1994, but much of its content had already been released to the public in 1977, after journalist J Benitez obtained a number of military files and used them as the basis of a book on UFO cases.


At least two people reported spotting a UFO just over the horizon, viewed from Lanzarote floating off the coast of Fuerteventura. It apparently vanished after about 3 minutes. The sighting remains unexplained.

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