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Re: Fowl Play Made Pair Think Plane Went Down -

From: Greg Sandow <greg@gregsandow.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 10:29:31 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 13:26:16 +0000
Subject: Re: Fowl Play Made Pair Think Plane Went Down -

 >Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 20:04:45 -0600
 >From: Roger Evans <raka@swbell.net>
 >Subject: Re: Fowl Play Made Pair Think Plane Went Down
 >To: updates@sympatico.ca

 >Now that we know there was no crash and the witnesses were
 >mistaken, where are the UFO analogies that were once in

 >Just another case where witness testimony needs to be

I followed this story from the day it was first reported in the
NY Times. The witnesses weren't completely wrong. They did see a
plane, flying unexpectedly low. They thought they saw it crash.
Their determination convinced authorities that an investigation
might be necessary. Quickly it was discovered that a plane had
disappeared from radar. That intensified the investigation.

In the end, as we now know, there wasn't any crash, and the
witnesses were wrong in reporting that there was. But they were
right, despite initial skepticism, when they said they'd seen a
plane flying very low. The implication for ufology is very clear
-- when witnesses say they've seen something, they're not always
wrong. They might be wrong in some particulars, maybe even
important particulars, but in this case they were right about
the most basic fact, that there was a plane.

What would a precise UFO analogy be? It's hard to say, but if
witnesses said they saw a craft of unknown origin flying low
over the river, if we take the plane case seriously we ought to
believe them. They might add that the craft landed, or went
under water. That we might not believe, without solid evidence
-- but, again, if we take the plane case at face value, then
we'd have to believe that the witnesses might have really seen
this craft.

Greg Sandow

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