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UFO Casebook Magazine 479, Issue date, 10-17-11

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2007 - UFO Encounter near Machynlleth, Mid Wales
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:29 PM 10/14/2011

"On Friday 27, April 2007, I was involved in an occurrence that truly scared me, to the point I thought I may even have died, and yet the whole incident remains a mystery.

Driving on the A470 towards Machynlleth, Mid Wales, I had been listening to a CD and then for a few minutes to the radio, before switching it off. It was approximately 9.20 pm and it was very dark, with the darkness deepened as many of the country roads in those parts were unlit.

I noticed up ahead a group of bright lights, to the side and above the road. There was an orange light on either side of the road, which at first I took to be road lamps (they were at the right height to be).

To the outer side of the orange lights were bright white lights and to the centre there were bright white lights above and below the level of the other lights.

At first I was confused as to what it was, then I realised I could see what looked like the image of a wingspan of an aeroplane. The shape extended right across the road and a short length either side.

I now estimate the width to be approximately 50 feet in total. The bright white lights were at the tip of each wing and it highlighted a small vertical construction a few feet in from each tip, between the white and the orange light.

This seemed to give it the appearance of an old aircraft, yet the whole wingspan itself seemed made of a smooth shiny material.

There was a bright white light at the centre, just below the wingspan, and also a glowing dome of white above the wingspan, similar in a way to a cockpit, in which I could see the top half of two figures.

My immediate thought was that it was an aircraft, the whole image coming slowly towards me but was clearly getting lower. The white lights on the wings began rocking up and down, appearing as if the aircraft was having difficulty in remaining straight and about to ditch onto the road before me.

I didn't really know what to do.

I believed that if it was to land on the road then it would surely be right in front of me or on top of me, but either way I would not be able to avoid a certain crash and I feared for my life.

Those brief moments as it came closer seemed like an eternity, almost happening in slow motion. I checked my rear view mirror but there was no vehicle behind me. There was no place for me to steer the car off the road so I wondered whether my best option was to brake or just to keep on going and hope to avoid a crash.

I gasped a huge sigh of relief as the aircraft passed over me, mightily relieved that a crash was avoided after all. Strangely, as the aircraft passed over the car I cannot remember any particular noise, nor do I remember seeing any form of tail to the aircraft.

I glanced back and forth between my rear view mirror and wing mirror anxious to see the shape pass fully over, but I could see nothing. I quickly stopped the car and got out; looking back down the dark road I could neither see nor hear anything.

Trying to make sense of it all, I wondered if the aircraft had ditched into a field beyond where I could see in the darkness.

So, I jumped back into the car and grabbed my mobile to dial 999 and report the incident to the Police. Realising I did not know my exact location, and therefore not able to direct anyone to the site, I quickly drove a few hundred yards down the road until I came to a sign. I was on the edge of a village called Cwm Llinau.

I dialed 999, asked for the Police (recorded as 9.24 pm), and reported what I had witnessed.

The female Police Officer was unable to locate my position as Cwm Llinau was not on her map. I rolled the car slowly forward trying to find something giving the location.

Within a couple of hundred feet there was a sign for a small caravan park and I gave the Police Officer the name and area telephone code and number.

The Police Officer told me she would have a police car out to the area, but also check with the RAF if there were any aircraft in the area. She kept checking my location and asking details of the incident.

UFO Depiction Eventually she came back to me and said that, although there had been a Hercules (an RAF military aircraft) in the area earlier on that evening, there was nothing scheduled there now. I offered to stay in the location to see the Police Officers, but she said it was not necessary.

I sat in my car for a short time to gather my composure, I thought there was going to be a certain crash, one which I may not have survived, and I could only sit and shake with fright, relief and disbelief.

As I was driving home I received a call from the Police. This time it was a male Officer and he checked all the details through with me again and asked me to confirm my location.

By that time I was on the border of Machynlleth, which I confirmed with three teenagers who were passing by. He confirmed that no aircraft reported to be in the area and no other calls had been received reporting a crash.

The Police Officer told me that one of his colleagues lived in that particular valley and they were contacting him.

On arriving home in Aberystwyth I was still shaking, which was only to eventually relent after about an hour.

That night I contacted the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at RAF Cosford, Shropshire. They told me that there were no aircraft in the area at 9.20 pm and they had not received any incident report.

They stated that there had been a Hercules aircraft in the area, but it was much earlier in the evening, but nothing else. They also commented that there would likely be no aircraft flying as low as I had described as it would be extremely dangerous, particularly with the recent strong winds.

I then contacted Air Traffic Control at Cardiff Airport, who confirmed no aeroplanes had traveled via the Machynlleth area from their airport.

Seeking to find some sort of sense from it all, I contacted the airport in Welshpool. They too confirmed that there were no aircraft in the area, indeed, their landing lights had been switched off earlier in the evening as they were not expecting any arrivals.

On the Saturday morning I contacted Caernarfon Airfield in Gwynedd. Again, I was informed that they had no knowledge of any aircraft being in that area at that time. Infact, they stated that they have no flights at all after dark.

Later on Saturday I went to the Police Station to see if anything else had been reported. They seemed only concerned by the fact that no crash had occurred and so there were no injuries or fatalities.

They told me that RAF had a Hercules aircraft in the area at the time I reported the incident, completely contradicting what I was told the night before, and they said that it was a Hercules that I witnessed.

It seemed pointless to argue the point, so I left. The wingspan of a Hercules is 132 feet 7 inches, the aircraft I had seen was less than half that size, at approximately 50 feet in total width.

The cockpit on a Hercules lies beneath the wingspan, yet on the aircraft I had seen the cockpit (or what I believe was a cockpit) was above the wingspan.

Although I cannot say what the aircraft was, I cannot claim with any certainty it was of alien nature. However, it remains 'unidentified' and was a 'flying object,' so I have to refer to it as a UFO.

With it being a clear sighting at very close range, with occupants being visible, the term for such an event is a 'Close Encounter of the Third Kind.'

What is perhaps worrying is that, despite a clear incident occurring, I have received no contact from the RAF. I can only assume that their philosophy is that if it doesn't show on radar then it doesn't exist, a somewhat worrying viewpoint in these modern times.

So, if anyone out there saw anything around Machynlleth or in the near vicinity on Friday 27, April, please let me know. This is a mystery that I would dearly love to solve.

In the meantime, the memory of the whole experience lives on, but I count my blessings to still be alive!" - Colin Grethe

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/2007midwales.html

source & references:

Submitted to yahoo group, para discuss

Colombia: A “UFO” Terrifies Residents of Pasacaballos, Bolivar
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:56 PM 10/14/2011

Pasacaballos, Bolivar, Colombia

A strange supernatural situation is taking place in the jurisdiction of Pasacaballos only three minutes from the city of Cartagena.

At least five or six times a week, almost always at around seven o’clock in the evening, a light appears in the sky that not only moves at a dazzling speed, but also affects the reception of TV sets in the village.

The phenomenon has taken place for well over a month, causing bewilderment even among UFO skeptics.

“It’s hard for it be a star, the light moves much too quickly and easily. When it comes out, the television screen acts like when there’s a drop in voltage, as the light rises and falls.

"It almost always comes out a seven in the evening. We began seeing this mysterious light in late August.

"It remains still in the sky and vanishes shortly after, returning some fifteen minutes later. When an airplane goes by, it hides itself and returns once the airplane has gone by,” according to Estefanía Arévalo Villalobos, one of the persons who saw the alleged “UFO.”

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/bolivarcolombia.html

source & references:

Radio LCN (Colombia) and Planeta UFO


Unknown Objects Appear to Land/Crash in Oregon with Video
Published: 11:22 AM 10/9/2011

Oregon 10-08-11

My wife witnessed 2 glowing orbs in the sky while she was driving down our street on SE Sherrett St.

She has an incredible video that she shot from her iPhone, through her windshield.

The lights spun around each other and then descended to the ground where they then went behind some trees and out of view.

She is very reluctant to share this experience, so I am writing this for her. The video is 34 seconds long, and it is incredible.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/oregon100811.html

source & references:



Unknown Object Seen over Castro Valley, California
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:10 PM 10/13/2011

Castro Valley, California - 08-31-11

Shape: Light

Duration: Approximately 5 minutes

Moving from the west in a south or south east direction - small single white object dimmed and disappeared.

At approximately 9:20 pm tonight, I was out front on our driveway waiting for my wife to come home from work.

As usual while out front, even though we have a street light in front of the house and there's a lot of light from Castro Valley and the surrounding cities like Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland, you can still see most of the brighter stars in the sky - like the Big Dipper, Orion's Belt and some of the Zodiac signs.

There's been a couple times over the last several months that I've seen something strange, but I am not about to say it was a UFO - as I was alone with my dog and I know it was not a meteor or a plane.

At any given time you can see on an average of about 7 to 8 aircraft in different parts of the sky around the SF Bay Area, most have just their navigational lights on and a few occasionally have their landing lights on.

Tonight, like before, I was looking up towards the west (approx. 264 degrees) and I saw that I thought was a bright star or possibly be a planet, then I looked down and saw my wife's car coming down the street and turn and start to park out on the street.

While she was doing this I returned and looked to the west at this "object" but it wasn't a star, it was small like one of them but it was more of a bright white color and appeared closer than the "normal" stars, and it was moving sort of towards our general direction (which I later determined to be towards the south or southeast).

As my wife walked up the driveway I didn't turn to look at her, instead I kept my eye on the object and it was continuing to move - not real, real fast, but appeared to be maybe the speed of a plane or a little faster.

When she asked what I was staring at, I told her I don't know that that is up there, I told her I didn't see any navigational lights on it and she looked up and with her typical doubt she said it's probably a plane.

I was just about to agree when it started to get dimmer, like someone hit a switch and it dimmed real low and you could still see it, but there was a definite difference in brightness.

I told her to look, it's getting dimmer and as we both watched it seemed like it was going up and got dimmer and then totally disappeared.

We both looked for about 15 to 20 seconds trying to find it but it was not there - this was at approximately 9:25 PM. She then said maybe it WAS a UFO.

I know it was NOT a plane, the only plane that I have seen that would do something similar to this is the U2 Spy Plane and NASA still uses them, I’ve seen them take off numerous times at the old Navy Moffett Field in San Mateo County over the years - saw one not more than maybe 1 month ago.

I know it was NOT a meteor, I've seen hundreds, if not maybe a thousand, over the years in the US, Korea, and Germany, I've seen them do all kinds of different things but they do NOT go up!

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/castrovalleyca.html

source & references:

Submitted to www.nuforc.org

1996 - Disc-Shaped UFO, Army Helicopter Witnessed over New Jersey
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:02 PM 10/10/2011

Bloomfield, New Jersey - April, 1966

This happened back in mid-1996. I was sleeping with my window open and at about 5 AM I woke up from the constant whirl of a helicopter over the house.

I looked out the window. It was still dark, and I thought maybe there had been an accident on the highway which was about a mile away.

Many times if that happened, a news helicopter would hover over the scene.

I was SHOCKED when I looked up at the sky and saw this big, disc-shaped object with different colored lights all around, it just hovering.

The helicopter, which looked like maybe a green army helicopter, was hovering just watching it.

I watched them both just hover there for about 3 minutes when suddenly, the disc-shaped object turned and took off so fast it was gone in an instant!

The helicopter slowly turned and then flew away.

It was the strangest thing! But I have no doubt that I saw a UFO being watched by the military!

Another time on that property I was standing on the back deck of the house and looked off into the trees and saw a fluorescent green, rod-shaped light flittering around; it was so strange!

I told someone about it and they said they are actually some extraterrestrial thing called 'Rods.'

Anyhow, there is obviously activity in this area!

NOTE: The above image is a rendering.

Thanks to MUFON CMS system.


permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/1966newjersey.html

source & references:

Submitted to www.mufon.com


Archived Case of the Week

1983 - An Incident in Newbury, Ohio
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:05 PM 10/7/2011

Newbury, Ohio - 10-25-1983

Longitude: -81.233126 - Latitude: 41.4648516

Shape: Cigar, Cylinder

Distance: 500 feet or less

Reporting again because of the 9-24-11 report in Newbury as observed from Church during bingo.

The road or address where I saw my UFO and was paced by it was Pekin road, which is just one block north of the church. My report has been filed on MUFON before.

There have been four other sightings along that road since 1983 that I have verified. Probably many others.

I thought this would be significant since the other observation was so close to the one I had in 83', to wit, I was exiting a driveway onto Pekin road, heading east, when a row of six red, white and green lights rose above the tree line to the east about 200 feet from me and hovered.

There was no sound as the light sequentially traveled left to right, as along a blimp advertisement.

I used my index finger for size comparison, the row of lights ran the length of it.

When I turned toward them, they moved towards the road ahead and passed over me. Then there is a blank spot where I'm trying to figure out why the blimp was out here at 2 AM, when, after driving another mile down the road, it comes back from my left and hovers over the next intersection.

This is where I become very frightened, turn right and speed down Sperry road, saying over and over, "not tonight." As I drove, the lights paced my car about 150 feet to my right at about 40 feet off the ground over a field.

I drove as fast as possible and lost them after a mile or so. When I traveled another two miles to the main road, Mayfield, I got out and looked back, where I could still see it hovering and blinking at tree top level, about a mile or so back.

I don't' know if I was abducted, as that blank spot where I saw it over the car to where I was questioning what I had seen has never been resolved.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/1983ohio.html

source & references:

Submitted to www.mufon.com

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