A British flight officer flying at 5,000' encountered a dark object with a row of illuminated windows.
When he tried to close in for a better look, his engine began malfunctioning, perhaps the first EM effect case on a human vehicle.
This incident is the very first entry on the NICAP DBase for Category 11, Sightings From Aircraft.
One of the 3 oldest known pilot UFO sightings, of 1305 cataloged by NARCAP. On January 31, 1916, a UK pilot near Rochford reported a row of lights, like lighted windows on a railway carriage, that rose and disappeared.
8:25 p.m. Royal Flying Corps pilot Lt. Morgan was flying at 5000' over Rochford, Essex, England on this evening on the lookout for Zeppelins. At 8:25 p.m. he saw an object with a row of lights like the windows on a railway carriage with the blinds drawn.
He tried to close but his airplane’s engine started malfunctioning. When he fired a pistol at the lights they rose rapidly into the heavens and disappeared out of sight.
An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One linear object was observed in clear weather by one experienced male military witness in a warplane for 20 minutes.