- DAZZLING UFO STARTLES A CROWD
- On Wednesday, November 11, 1998, at 5:30
p.m., Gaurav Hamish D., his family members, several neighbors and his college
professor were standing outdoors in Malad Evershine Nagar, a suburb just
west of the Kandivali section of Mumbai (Bombay) when they spotted an unusually
- "The anomalous light caught my attention
because it was in a direction opposite from the setting sun," Gaurav
reported. "That is, in the east. The source seemed as if it was the
sun shining behind some clouds. The intensity of the light was about the
brilliance of the sun in early morning--8:30 a.m. It was about 70 degrees
from ground level. It could be compared to a great mirror in the sky, reflecting
the rays of the setting sun."
- Gaurav said the crowd had the UFO in
view until 7 p.m. (Email Interview)
- GUNBOATS FIRE AT UFOs OFF
THE COAST OF SRI LANKA
- On Wednesday night, November 18, 1998,
naval gunboats opened fire on UFOs at sea off Point Pedro, on the northern
shore of Sri Lanka, an island nation adjacent to India.
- The small patrol craft of the Sri Lankan
navy opened fire with 20mm cannon and small arms after spotting "unidentified
aircraft" over the Indian Ocean north of the island.
- According to the Hindu Times, "The
mystery over the 'unidentified aircraft' which was 'spotted by Navy personnel'
over the northern seas off Sri Lanka continues with no indication of either
the type of aircraft or its origin or purpose."
- "Sri Lankan military spokesman Brigadier
Sunil Tenakkoon said that (although) the lights" seen were similar
to an aircraft, 'There is no definite proof."
- "With no conclusive evidence to
such reports, it would not be possible to say 'if it was an aeroplane or
a helicopter,' he said."
- "All of the 'sightings' of the 'unidentified
aircraft' took place 'during the nighttime' and 'only the lights were visible,'
Brigadier Tenakkon said."
- The brigadier added that the sightings
"were reportedly made by 'Navy personnel' running naval gunboats,
who opened fire in the direction of the lights." (See the Hindu Times
for November 20, 1998, "Mystery over aircraft continues," by
V.S. Sambandan. Many thanks to Stig Agermose and Errol Bruce-Knapp for
forwarding this newspaper article.)
- UFO FLIES OVER A SEAPORT IN
- A UFO described as "apple-shaped"
with "a trail of red and yellow flame" appeared over the port
city of Xiamen in southern China on Tuesday, November 10, 1998 and was
seen by hundreds of residents.
- The Communist Party newspaper People's
Daily quoted "a China News Agency report saying the UFO was first
spotted at dusk Tuesday (November 10), flying in a southwesterly direction
for 20 minutes before disappearing, and again the next day."
- "Residents in the southern city
of Xiamen had sighted an apple-like UFO with a tail of red and yellow flames...The
report said the sighting of the UFO, which was also captured on film by
the local television station, had Xiamen residents craning their heads
skyward for the past two days, hoping for another appearance."
- "The report said aerospace experts
had said that possibly a satellite had fallen out of orbit, causing the
- "It said most people had seen an
optical illusion caused by light reflecting from the emissions of an aircraft."
- Xiamen is a port on the Taiwan Strait
located 370 kilometers (222 miles) northeast of Hong Kong. (See People's
Daily for November 14, 1998. Many thanks to Peter A. Gersten of CAUS for
forwarding this newspaper article.)
- BLUE TRIANGULAR UFO SIGHTED
- On Saturday, November 14, 1998, at 11
p.m., a UFO described as "a bluish triangular object" was spotted
flying over the city of Riohacha in northern Colombia and "was seen
by many people, although it was partially raining."
- The OVNI (Spanish acronym for UFO--J.T.)
"could clearly be seen flying at about 3,500 feet on a controlled
flight path heading southeast at about 450 to 500 nautical miles per hour."
- Eyewitness J.C.M. reported, "The
object was certainly not part of the (Leonid) meteor showers occurring
- J.C.M. added that, "in another recent
incident" near Riohacha, "an object was seen in the foothills
of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (elevation 18,000 feet or 5,454 meters)
The object hovered at about 3,500 feet above ground level for a good long
time. It was very bright, blue in color, then suddenly flew away at very
high speed. Unfortunately, no pictures had been taken in this area."
- Riohacha is a port on the Caribbean Sea,
in Colombia's La Guaira state, approximately 760 kilometers (475 miles)
north of Bogota, the national capital. (Muchas gracias a J.C.M. para esas
- SILVER-GRAY FIREBALL SEEN
IN SOUTHWESTERN OHIO
- Last week two women from Franklin, Tennessee
were driving on Interstate Highway I-75 in Ohio when they spotted "a
fireball in the sky."
- The women's car was travelling from Dayton
south to Cincinnati when they spotted the object, which "looked comet-like.
Then it stopped, because the tail of the comet disappeared." They
described the UFO as "silver-gray and disc-shaped, but rounded on
the top and sides."
- "We were traveling down I-75 when
I looked up and saw what looked like a comet in the sky," the witness
reported. "I pointed it out to my friend, and she saw it clearly also."
- "We both knew it definitely wasn't
a plane. Then the 'tail' of the object disappeared, and it looked like
it came to a stop. It was a little far away, and it went right over us.
It was silvery-gray in color. It moved horizontally very quickly."
(Many thanks to Ohio UFO researcher Kenneth Young for this news story.)
- VIRGINIA MAN SPOTS UFO DURING
- On Wednesday, November 18, 1998, at approximately
1:40 a.m., Neal F. was "sitting in a lawn chair in a field directly
behind my house" in New Kent, Virginia (population 500) when his wife
came out to join him. He pointed out to her the radiant, the point in space
where the Leonid meteors were coming from. "I was looking at (the
constellation) Leo, which was fairly low, maybe 10 to 15 degrees above
the horizon, in the east/ northeast."
- "Then I saw, right below Leo, a
large triangle consisting of three small white lights. I couldn't see any
body or solid part for the craft. At first I thought it was just a constellation.
Then I realized that it wasn't there a second ago, and it couldn't have
'risen' that quickly."
- "I looked very closely and could
detect slow movement to the north," Neal reported. "The triangle
was about the size of a dime at arm's length. It was just above the tree
line approximately 1,000 to 1,500 feet away. I got my wife to look at it,
and it 'glided' away and went below the tree line northward. We stayed
and watched for about 15 minutes but didn't see it again." (Many thanks
to Jim Hickman of Skywatch International for forwarding this report.)
- UFO SEEN DURING LEONID SHOWER
- Australia reported three sightings of
a bright UFO during the Leonid meteor shower last week.
- On Wednesday, November 18, 1998, at 3:20
a.m., ufologist George Mackay spied "a UFO going from left to right,
then shot straight up" in Jimboomba, Queensland.
- Also at 3:20 a.m., in Stafford, South
Australia, an amateur astronomer saw "a bright light going from left
to right, then straight up."
- And, on Mount Nebo at 3:20 a.m., a witness
"who was watching the meteor shower" from the upper slopes "said
he believes he saw a UFO at around 3:20 a.m., northwest of the mountain.
It did zigzag and shot straight up. His girlfriend and a friend saw it,
too." (Many thanks to Diane Harrison of UFO Network Australasia for
- ZARYA DEPARTS FOR SPACE
- Zarya (Russian for Sunrise), the first
orbital component of the International Space Station, blasted off from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, November 20, 1998.
- "A Russian Proton booster carried
the module into its initial orbit 125 miles (200 kilometers) above Earth
and the unit was operating as planned, officials said."
- "Space officials from 16 nations
taking part in the project observed as the rocket soared into the cloudy
sky above the central Asian steppe from the Baikonur launch pad yesterday
--exactly a year later than planned.
- "'Now we have only 44 launches to
go, 1,000 hours of space walks and countless problems, but because of the
trust and mutual respect, the international space station is going to be
a reality,' NASA chief Daniel Goldin told a press conference after the
launch." (See the Boston, Mass. Herald for November 21, 1998, "Russian
rocket launch marks new era in space exploration.")
- At a cost of $240 million, Zarya is the
first of about 100 modules that will be used to build the space station.
Zarya will provide the station's power, propulsion and early communications
- The next station-related launch will
take place on December 3, 1998, when the space shuttle Endeavor heads for
orbit. Endeavor's payload will consist of a $300 million connecting tunnel
- "Zarya's launch 'opens the floodgates,
and we start going,' says Bob Cabana, commander of space shuttle Endeavor,
which is taking the second piece up next month. 'This is going to be one
heck of a busy five years coming up.'" (See USA Today for November
20, 1998, "Space station finally getting off the ground," by
Paul Hovenstern, page A4.)
- BLACK HELICOPTERS LAY SIEGE
TO MOUNTAIN TOWN
- Black helicopters laid siege to the town
of Andrews, North Carolina (population 2,551) again last week, with sightings
reported at all hours of the day and night.
- According to eyewitness Ramon S., town
residents have seen "at least seven Army choppers that we are aware
of. They have Hueys and Kiowa Cobras," i.e. U.S. Army UH-1H and OH-58D
- "They have, among other things,
virtually run people off the road. They hover 50 feet over homes at night,"
Ramon reported. "On Monday (November 16) they were running rappelling
training during a light rain while hovering at 30 feet above the ground."
- "Last night (Wednesday, November
18, 1998) they were flying and stated on the scanner...they called themselves
the Bad Boys...that they were testing their NODS (Night Optical Detection
Systems), night optical lenses and photographic equipment by following
cars and hovering over houses."
- Andrews, located on North Carolina Highways
19 and 129 about 325 miles (520 kilometers) southwest of Raleigh, has been
the focus of an intensive law enforcement search for the past seven weeks.
The search's quarry is Eric Rudolph, 32, who is wanted in connection with
an abortion clinic bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
- According to researcher Joseph Burton,
who visited the town on Wednesday, November 11, and interviewed Ramon and
other residents, "Others talk of the intentional harassment done by
helicopters, and when they complained to the local sheriff, the FBI told
the sheriff they couldn't have done it...their (National Guard) choppers
were not equipped to fly at night."
- Ramon confirmed Burton's story that he
and another resident, Phillip, were captured by the FBI the evening of
- According to Burton, "Apparently,
Ramon's neighbor, a patriot named Phillip, had flashed one of the choppers
with a toy laser that says I Love You."
- Unknown to Ramon and Phillip, however,
an unidentified sniper had fired several shots at the FBI field headquarters,
a renovated warehouse on Highway 129 in Andrews, at about 8 p.m.
- At 11 p.m., Ramon drove Phillip to the
local police station so he could turn himself in. When they arrived in
the parking lot, Ramon reported, a platoon of FBI agents in PSGAT helmets
and body armor surrounded the truck and "ordered us to step away from
the vehicle and lie face-down on the concrete."
- The two men were handcuffed and taken
into custody. Ramon was released the next morning without being charged.
Phillip was sent by van to the U.S. Marshals' field headquarters in Bryson
City, N.C. (population 1,145), located 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast
of Andrews. He was detained for two days and then released on Friday, November
- According to Burton, FBI Special Agent
Terry Terchie "revealed that the Governor of North Carolina had declared
a Special State of Emergency in western North Carolina."
- Andrews residents attempting to confirm
this received conflicting replies from the governor's office as to whether
or not the "special state of emergency" had actually been declared.
- Rumors of the presence of United Nations
(UN) personnel in Andrews also circulated widely.
- Ramon said, "One newspaper stated
that Russian troops training at Fort Bragg have helped in the search here
with the FBI."
- Other residents claimed to have seen
three UN observers at the Cherokee Restaurant in town. The men were described
as Caucasian, ranging in age from 30 to 45, and wearing navy-blue jackets
with the letters UN on the back and a white UN symbol patch on the shoulder.
They reportedly were driving a white Chevy Suburban and paid for their
meals with a Diner's Club credit card.
- As for Rudolph, the federal fugitive
remains at large. Burton stated, "The sightings of Eric have now surpassed
sightings of Elvis." (Many thanks to Joseph Burton, Dorothy H. Bibee,
Rev. Billy Dee, plus thanks to Ramon S. for the email interview.)
- From the UFO Files...
- 1952: FLIGHT TO OBLIVION
- On November 28, 1952, Canadian pilot
F. Jake did his pre-flight walkaround at the airport in Edmonton, Alberta.
He was planning a long flight east to Toronto, and he wanted to be sure
that his twin-engined Beech 35 was up to the job.
- Jake's Beech 35, registration number
CF-FUV, took off easily and reported no trouble at all. Jake and his three
passengers landed at the municipal airport in Houghton, Michigan, USA.
After refueling, the plane continued on its eastward flight.
- "It had departed Houghton, Michigan
and proceeded eastbound along the southern shore of Lake Superior. United
States radar stations, constantly scanning the (USA/Canada) border kept
close contact with CF-FUV."
- "If pilot F. Jake experienced a
problem, all he had to do was extend his arm to the radio microphone, key
the transmitter and say, 'Uniform Victor, Mayday.' If he had done it slowly,
it would have taken four seconds...F. Jake did experience a problem. But
he never transmitted his distress."
- "About 40 miles northwest of Grand
Marais, Michigan, and 35 miles northeast of Marquette, Michigan, CF-FUV,
F. Jake and all three passengers flew away. They vanished silently from
the radar screen. The position was noted by the radar controller."
- "But 'despite an extensive search,
no trace of the aircraft or occupants was found,' says the Canada Department
of Transport summary accident report. The scientists who studied this strange
case concluded that 'for undetermined reasons CF-FUV disappeared in Lake
- Curiously enough, dozens of ships have
"gone missing" on that stretch of Lake Superior between Grand
Marais and Marquette. This group includes two of the most notorious "ghost
ships" of Lake Superior--the Bannockburn, which vanished on November
20, 1902, and the Adella Shores, which disappeared in April 1909.
- The wreckage of the Beech 35, the Bannockburn
and the Adella Shores have never been found. (See THE GREAT LAKES TRIANGLE
by Jay Gourley, Fawcett Publications, Inc., Greenwich, Conn., 1977, pages
24 and 25. See also HAUNTED LAKES by Frederick Stonehouse, Lake Superior
Port Cities, Inc., Duluth, Minn. 1997, pages 66 to 67 and 92 to 93.)
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