A jet chase occurred near Tehran, Iran at about on 19 September 1976.
This incident is Case 47 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article, since it was referred to in 55 of the books covered by that article.
This incident featured as the second best incident in a documentary produced by Paul Kimball entitled “Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Cases”, purportedly based on the results of a survey conducted by Paul Kimball in 2005/2006 of “a select group of the world’s leading UFO researchers”.
This incident came sixth in an online poll conducted in March/April 2006 by Paul Kimball of “the UFO case with the ‘best evidence’ ever”.
This incident featured in a document (“the Rockefeller Briefing Document”) endorsed by Dr Mark Rodeghier (President of CUFOS), Richard Hall (Chairman of FUFOR) and Walter Andrus (President of MUFON) as containing “the best available evidence for the existence of UFOs”.
The National Enquirer reported that it had decided to award $5,000 to six Iranians in relation to this incident, following the recommendations of the members of its “blue ribbon” panel of UFO experts. Unfortunately for the relevant Iranian individuals, they were not permitted to accept the cash award which was instead awarded to an Iranian charity similar to the Red Cross.
This incident has also featured in lists by various UFO researchers of the top UFO cases, including the following:
a list of cases produced by British ufologist Gary Heseltine for the Fortean Times in 2007 as part of a survey of various researchers of the ten cases from 1947 onwards that interested them the most.