Monday, April 4, 2016

UFO SIGHTINGS: The Latest MUFON Cases Across Globe - Cleveland Witness Reports Close Encounter With Triangle UFO; Idaho Witness Sketches Details From Low Hovering UFO; American Airlines UFO Report Caught On Ham Radio; West Virginia Witness Describes Grapefruit-Sized UFO; Georgia Witness Watches UFO Moving Through Woods! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Witness illustration of the object. (Credit: MUFON)

April 4, 2016 - EARTH -  The following constitutes several of the latest reports of UFO sightings, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

Cleveland witness reports close encounter with triangle UFO

An Ohio witness at Cleveland reported a close encounter with a triangle-shaped UFO, according to testimony in Case 75119 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The event occurred beginning about 10:21 p.m. on March 8, 2016, with the object heading south, and the witness soon dictated details into a telephone as he is a lifelong visual artist.

“At first I saw it coming,” the witness stated.“It was traveling slowly. It was not that high up in the air and it was an unusual constellation of lights so a grab my iPhone and I thought I should take a picture of whatever it is. And then it got closer and I got closer. We were converging right over Interstate 90.”


Witness illustration of the object. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration of the object. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness first thought the object was something that could be identified.

“As it got closer and closer I thought it might be a group of helicopters. But they were in too tight of a cluster. I saw a constellation of lights that were in an abstract sort of triangular form. As the craft got closer, I kept looking up and I saw that there was a slightly lighter color to the body than the dark sky.”

The witness described the lighting on the objects.

“There were lights on all three corners and in between the corners with a dazzling white very, very white, bright, bright light. On the bottom there was a flashing red light. At least one. Maybe they were alternating from different positions on the bottom.”


Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The craft was traveling very slow and low to the ground.

“The craft was traveling very slowly. It was probably four to six telephone poles off of the ground. Not regular telephone poles, but the kind of tall ones that are along the interstate. If this craft was indeed triangular, it appeared to be traveling backwards away from the point.”

There was an aspect of this triangular pattern that was hard for the witness to comprehend.

“The lights seemed to be pointing toward me, not so much at me, but so bright that it looked like they were pointed at me, although it was not pointed at me at all. That’s how dazzling the lights were.”

As the object moved overhead, the witness thought there was structure to the object.

“As the craft approached the highway before it crossed over me, I thought it could be a structure, a linear structure like I-beams or something that have lights along it and it was not a flat triangle. It appeared to have a flat aspect, but the front seemed to be folded a little making it like two long, skinny triangles, but only in the front.”


Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged version of the witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was not afraid.

“I did not feel any unusual feelings outside of disbelief. I racked my mind trying to figure out what it could be other than a craft. It was not that high off the ground. As an artist my life profession is about looking and seeing. I’m very articulate and I’m able to describe things well. I worked as a carpenter for 30 years and I have a pretty good sense of dimension. I would guess this craft was between 40 and 60 feet long. Of course perspective could have thrown all of this off. Of course everything about this could be incorrect. But if it was what it appeared to be, I saw something quite remarkable and would like to know if anybody else saw the same damn thing.”

The witness provided an exact location for the sighting.

“It was west of exit 169 on Interstate 90 – that was what I dictated (with only punctuation changes). I am most curious if there were other reports of this thing. It had to have been seen by many others because it was so low and moved so slowly and was over a very, very populated area – along the edge of Cleveland. And lastly, and strangely enough, I have been struggling to photograph my drawings and for some reason they will not photograph. I have never had a problem with taking photos on my phone. Very strange. And I am not even suggesting that they are related at all.

Ohio MUFON Field Investigator Joseph Pavlansky closed this case as an Unknown.


Idaho witness sketches details from low hovering UFO

An Idaho witness at Meridian recalled a UFO event from 1977 when a disc-shaped craft hovered over a nearby home and moved towards him, according to testimony in Case 75381 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.


Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was driving home in his truck late at night on May 5, 1977, and noticed the UFO hovering just above a neighbor’s roof as he pulled into his driveway. The case was reported to MUFON on March 23, 2016, and is under investigation by Idaho STAR Team Investigator Charles Stansburge who provides the account details.

“As he looked up from the road ahead to view it he seemed to ‘hear in his mind’ an authoritative male voice saying, ‘This is not of this world,’” Stansburge reported.“He stopped the truck, got out and watched for 20 to 30 minutes. His passenger did not stay outside with him. She went immediately into their home, as she was concerned for the safety of the children there.”


Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness continued to watch the craft as it noiselessly and slowly approached where he was standing.

“Drawings are attached showing the shape of the craft from the side. It had a ‘nipple’-shaped dome on top which was shrouded in a swirling vaporous cloud which changed colors. A sparkly zone shown ‘like diamonds’ around the perimeter of the disc.”


Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

At first the witness did not see any detail under the craft, but when it passed nearer to him he saw pulsating, colored lights in rectangular panels on the underside of the craft.

“There was no noise, emission of any kind from the craft and the lights from it were very bright, but did not seem to illuminate the ground or adjacent buildings. The disc was still in the sky over the homes when the witness eventually tired and went inside.”

The witness provided three illustrations with the report.


The witness was able to watch the object for nearly 30 minutes. Pictured: Meridian, ID. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The witness was able to watch the object for nearly 30 minutes.
Pictured: Meridian, ID. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Meridian is a city located in Ada County, Idaho, population 75,092.


American Airlines UFO report caught on ham radio

A ham radio user caught what appears to be a UFO report near Nephi, Utah while monitoring airline communications between commercial airliners and the control tower. The conversation was not recorded. However, UFO researchers were able to get a copy of the transmission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.


Nephi Municipal Airport from the air. (Credit: Arizona Soaring Association/http://www.asa-soaring.org/)
Nephi Municipal Airport from the air. The town can be seen in the upper right.
(Credit: Arizona Soaring Association/http://www.asa-soaring.org/)

Pat Daniels, a paranormal radio host and ham radio hobbyist, was monitoring airline communications on January 14 at around 12:12 am when he heard exactly what he was looking for, a UFO report. According to the website UFOs Northwest, Daniels claims:

“The pilot reported seeing an extremely large bright object that he estimated a mile wide to his right. The air traffic controller told him that he was looking in the direction of Nephi, Utah. Apparently the air traffic controller told the pilot that the object was not detected on radar. The object appeared to keep pace with the aircraft.”


Nephi satellite image. (Credit: Google Earth)
Nephi satellite image. (Credit: Google Earth)


Daniels reported the event to the Utah chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). The Utah MUFON state director at the time was Erica Lukes, who says her team, with the help of William Puckett from UFOs Northwest, began investigating.

First, they were able to determine the flight was American Airlines flight number 434, which was traveling from San Francisco, California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In order to confirm the report, the group filed the FOIA request to the FAA and reviewed audio files from the Air Traffic Control website. Lukes says they had to listen through hours of audio communications, but they finally found some of what they were looking for. Although they did find some communication from the flight, the UFO report was missing.

Fortunately, the FAA came through. Six weeks after submitting their FOIA request, the FAA sent them what they were looking for, radar returns, voice tapes and tower logs. The audio file included what they believe is an excerpt of the UFO sighting.

This is a transcript of what can be heard in the audio provided by the FAA:
American 434: Tower, American 434.
Tower: 434, go ahead.
American 434: You wouldn’t happen to know what this bright orange square we are flying over is, would ya?
Tower: Uhhhh, no. That’s a good question. I am not sure. Is it off to your right side?
American 434: It is like directly off of our nose right now. It is right below us. We have been watching it for awhile now. I don’t know what it is. It is a perfect square and it is bright orange. What town are we next to? This town right off of our 2 o’clock (indistinguishable word).
Tower: American 434, that is Nephi. Nephi, Utah.
American 434: Nephi, OK. Cool. Now I will see what I can go find. Thank you.
Tower: You bet.

WATCH: American Airlines Flight Reports Possible UFO to FAA.

 


As noted by UFOs Northwest, the audio only states that the object was large and orange, but not the parts about the object being a mile wide, that is was keeping pace with the aircraft or that it was not on radar. In fact, the audio that was provided could indicate something on the ground. Still, it confirmed that Daniels did hear pilots reporting something that was large, bight and orange and baffling to the crew.

Under further analysis, the investigators believe that some of the audio was redacted. Daniels feels this could be because the American Airlines crew did not identify themselves prior to their earlier transmissions, so the FAA would not have included it in their request for communications for flight 434.

Next, the group tackled the FAA’s radar data. Puckett of UFOs Northwest is familiar with radar. He has a master’s degree in atmospheric science, and worked as a meteorologist for a few years before a long career working for the Environmental Protection Agency. He has analyzed radar data for UFO cases before.

According to the website, while analyzing the radar data for 12:08 to 12:15 am, he found several radar hits south of Nephi, but close to the path of flight 434.


WATCH: Animation of Aviation Radar Returns Near Nehpi on 1/14/2016.

 


Puckett writes, “The animation shows 1 to 3 returns for each revolution of the radar. There are a few rotations where no returns are detected. This is strange.”

“One wonders if the object was moving erratically and perhaps was rotating exposing more or less radar cross sectional area resulting in no detection or a different number of returns? The object could have been large considering this type of ‘radar signature?’,” Puckett added.


Radar hits in relation to the flight path. The times in this graphic mistakenly show pm, instead of am. (Credit: UFOs Northwest)
Radar hits in relation to the flight path. The times in this graphic mistakenly show pm, instead of am.
(Credit: UFOs Northwest)


You can read his detailed analysis of the radar data at UFOs Northwest.


The sighting area in relation to military bases. (Credit: UFOs Northwest)
Nephi in relation to military bases. (Credit: UFOs Northwest)

The case is still under investigation. At least one investigator has suggested the lights could have been a local power plant, but Puckett and Lukes feel the pilots would have been used to seeing the plant, so they would not have found it mysterious.

Lukes also spoke with local residents who say UFOs are often spotted in the area.

The group is asking that anyone on American Airlines flight 434 contact them. The flight left San Francisco at 10:08 pm PST on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and arrived at Philadelphia at 5:35 am EST on January 14, 2016.

LISTEN: Erica Lukes talking about this case and other Utah mysterious on this recent episode of Open Minds UFO Radio.





West Virginia witness describes grapefruit-sized UFO

A West Virginia witness at Mullens recalled a UFO event from 1967 where three family members encountered a disc-shaped object the size of a grapefruit that shown light into their home, according to testimony in Case 75258 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.


The witness first noticed the UFO when light was shining into their home window. Pictured: Mullens, WV. (Credit: Google)
The witness first noticed the UFO when light was shining into their home window.
Pictured: Mullens, WV. (Credit: Google)

The reporting witness was 16 years old and was doing his homework just after 9 p.m. on an October night in 1967 when light was first noticed.

“A light came through the window,” the witness stated.“I looked up and a grapefruit-sized object was casting a light into our living room. I knew it was an object not of our present Earth. It followed a path across the picture window casting a light and a ‘Doppler effect’ of heat.”


The object was described as disc-shaped and the size of a grapefruit. Pictured: Mullens, WV. (Credit: Google)
The object was described as disc-shaped and the size of a grapefruit. Pictured: Mullens, WV. (Credit: Google)

The child’s parents were in the room with him.

“When the light reached the corner of our house it cast a light in on my father. He said, ‘What was that?’ I said, ‘Dad, I just think I saw a flying saucer.’ About five minutes later my mother exclaimed, ‘I want to know what is going on around here?’ I repeated what I have just said above. No one moved. My parents went to bed at 10p.m. No one moved. At 11:30 p.m. Johnny Carson did his second joke, and my father said, ‘Well, we are going to bed.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute, I am scared. I will sleep on the floor.’ My father answered almost mechanically said, ‘Don’t worry, you will be alright, just go down the hall and sleep.’ I said, ‘I still don’t like it.’ I don’t sleep without a TV and light on.”

The witness does not feel as though he or his family members were abducted.

“I do not feel like I was contacted or abducted. It happened over 45 years ago. If my father and I don’t tell the story it will die with us. My Mother passed away in January. The object I have referred to above travelled outside of my line of sight.”

No images or video were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on March 18, 2016.


The witness wants to tell his story now before family members die off and the story is forgotten. Pictured: Mullens, WV. (Credit: Google)
The witness wants to tell his story now before family members die off and the story is forgotten.
Pictured: Mullens, WV. (Credit: Google)

Mullens is a city in Wyoming County, West Virginia, population 1,559.


Georgia witness watches UFO moving through woods

A Georgia witness at Sylvester reported watching a sphere-shaped UFO that was less than 100 feet away, according to testimony in Case 75433 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.


A Georgia witness at Sylvester reported watching a sphere-shaped UFO that was less than 100 feet away, according to testimony in Case 75433 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
A Georgia witness at Sylvester reported watching a sphere-shaped UFO that was less than 100 feet away, according
to testimony in Case 75433 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was outside sitting in a truck in his backyard about 10 p.m. on January 7, 2016, on his 100-acre land parcel smoking a cigar.

“What seemed to be a dull light in front of me slowly increasing in intensity, I thought was someone in the woods with a flashlight,” the witness stated.“But it increased in brightness to a brilliant white light.”
The witness continued to watch the light as it was very close.

“As I sat there I saw it slowly rise to around 10, maybe 20 feet high. I’m not sure. It sat there for a moment and then started to move left of me. Through a path through the trees in my woods I could see it flashing through the woods between the trees. It came out the other end near my pond. It rose up and disappeared. I was amazed at what happened.

The witness looked again about five seconds later and it reappeared and went back into the tree line.

“It went through the trees and started to rise at a 45-degree angle after it got above the trees. It accelerated rapidly at a 45-degree angle into the sky heading southwest and disappeared. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”


The object was moving under 20 feet off of the ground and was sphere-shaped. Pictured: Sylvester, GA. (Credit: Google)
The object was moving under 20 feet off of the ground and was sphere-shaped.
Pictured: Sylvester, GA. (Credit: Google)

The witness looked for evidence the following day.

“The next morning I went out into my backyard where I saw it appear and I noticed about aneight-foot, dark greenish, brown circle in the ground. I looked at it for a while. I started to go back to my house and I noticed another one, 800 feet away approximately, so I walked to it and it was identical. Then I noticed another one towards my house. And it was almost in a perfect triangle. One hundred foot apart It stayed there for several weeks. Even after repeated mowing it stayed there and did not disappear until after the first winter frost. I have never seen anything like this before. It was amazing.”


The witness looked at the area in the woods the following morning and discovered brown circles on the ground. Pictured: Sylvester, GA. (Credit: Google)
The witness looked at the area in the woods the following morning and discovered brown circles on the ground.
Pictured: Sylvester, GA. (Credit: Google)

Georgia State Director Ralph Howard is investigating. Sylvester is the county seat of Worth County, Georgia, population 5,990. The case was reported to MUFON on March 26, 2016. No photos or videos were included with the report.
Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com. - Open Minds.





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