Published: 11:54 AM 8/31/2013
Location: Linnala, Imatra, Finland (not far from the Russian border)
Date: August 24(?), 1970
One day towards the end of August, 1970 - probably the 24th - Mr. Aatto Storgård,
yardmaster at Imatra railway station, left home for work at about noon.
into his his car at 12:10 PM and pulled into the street. A couple of minutes
later he was approaching the Karhumäentie intersection in the Linnala part of town.
Unexpectedly, Storgård noticed a large, unknown object rising into the air from
the pavement about 60 meters straight ahead. As it rose it affected some kind
of vortex or power field, which seemed to rattle loose objects on the ground.
Due to temporary redirecting, there were partial roadblocks in place, along
with a movable traffic sign. These all toppled over, and a cast-iron sewer
grating was pulled off.
Storgård became worried that his car might overturn if he drove any closer to
the turmoil, and thought it best to pull over and step out. Other cars arriving
at the scene stopped as well: there were two behind Storgård's car and three on
the other side of the airborne object - six in all.
The object rose to about two meters and slowly took horizontal flight due east,
towards the bank of the Vuoksi river. It was oval in shape and had a dull gray
surface. It was about 6 m in diameter and 2 m in height. No other details
were discernible. An odd thing was that although the field around it did affect
objects on the ground, it did not raise any dust.
Also, as the disc flew across
the river a short while later, still at about two meters, the waters below remained
undisturbed. After about a minute's flight the object suddenly disappeared from
One other amazing thing about this case - though not at all exceptional in the
history of the UFO phenomenon - is that it never led to any public speculation
or any kind of debate in the local papers, even though it happened in the middle
of town at an hour of lively traffic.
The witnesses quit the scene to mind their
own business, and the case only came to light eighteen months later. Such
under-reporting from busy locations is almost the rule.
There are two mental
factors working together here: eyewitnesses fear ridicule, and - especially when
there are several of them - assume that someone else will step forward to do the
SOURCE: Tapani Kuningas: Ufojen jäljillä