After Two Pilots Claimed To See A Fiery UFO, Rumors Of A Top-secret Soviet Spy Craft Surfaced

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It’s a moonlit July night in 1948 with good visibility. A twin-engined Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-3 plane with 20 passengers aboard is cruising at around 5,000 feet over Alabama. For the pilot Clarence Chiles and the co-pilot John Whitted it’s a routine flight from Houston, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia. But what’s about to happen at 2:45 a.m. will be very far from routine.