From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 15:52:10 -0500 Fwd Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 15:52:10 -0500 Subject: Re: Montreal Incident Of 1990? - ebk >From: Brian Callaghan <bjcallaghan.nul> >To: ufoupdates.nul >Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 09:19:58 -0500 >Subject: Montreal Incident Of 1990? <snip> >Does anyone know where I can get more information on this modern >sighting, and why we don't see and hear more about it? Brian, Below are the contents of a file from my early days of being on-line on an Atari SE. Its source and date are unknown - since back then I wasn't aware of attribution protocols. Perhaps another List-member has that information? ebk ----- Haines, Richard, Dr. A well-known research scientist, Dr Richard Haines has three degrees in psychology from the Pacific Lutheran College, Tacoma, Washington and Michigan State University, and further education in Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as an FAA Pilot Ground School Certificate. Recently retired, his past employment includes posts with the National Research Council, Boeing Airplane CO. and at NASA's Ames Research Centre, where he served as Chief of the Space Human Factors Office and as a research scientist, Life Sciences Division, as well as for the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science. Dr Haines directed 'focused human vision research' for the manned space programme, spacecraft window design for the Space Station Freedom programme, and 'visual cue extraction from the real world' during landing by pilots of commercial aircraft. In 1989 he was appointed Project Manager for NASA's Remote Coaching Facility, which he helped design and develop. This facility is engaged in defining teleoperational concepts, transmission bandwidth requirements, and other telescience needs for carrying out future operations on the Space Station Freedom. Dr Haine's four US patents include designs for a visiual examination apparatus for glaucoma and a simulator scene display evaluation device. He is the author of numerous articles in scientific journals and has produced three NASA technical films. He has edited 'UFO Phenomena and the Behavioral Scientist' (1979)1 and is the author of 'Observing UFOs' (1980)2, 'Melbourne Episode: Case Study of a Missing Pilot' (1987)3; and 'Advance Aerial Devices Reported During the Korean War (1990)4 (available from LDA Press at PO Box 880, Los Altos, California 94023-0880). Dr Haines has made several scientific research trips to the former Soviet Union in order to discuss UFOs, and a report on his meetings with scientists (including those from the USSR Academy of Sciences) appears in 'The UFO Report 1992' by Timothy Good.5 In 1991, together with Russian colleagues, he founded the Joint USA-CIS Aerial Anomaly Federation. Guenette, Bernard Bernard Guenette is a professional computer graphics expert and author, who lives in Montreal. A member of MUFON, he has been interested in UFOs for many years, and was fortunate to witness the object over Montreal on the night of November 7, 1990. --- A Large Stationary Object Above Montreal by Dr. Richard Haines and Bernard Guenette This article describes the background and analysis of two colour photographs and numerous eye-witness descriptions of an angularly large stationaryl aerial object seen on November 7, 1990 between about 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. EST, as it hovered over the downtown area of Montreal, Canada. Although the huge object was seen by between forty and seventy-five people (including policemen) standing on the rooftop of the International Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, and at ground-level within a large area, and was photographed by a newspaper journalist on the hotel's rooftop, there was no official follow-up nor very much interest shown in the event by government officials. The orginal 35mm colour negatives and positive colour negatives and positive colour prints were subjected to microscopic examination and to computer-based enhancements of various kinds. They were also related to the drawings and narrative descriptions of the object made by many eye-witnesses. The Initial Sighting Over Montreal on Wednesday, 7 November 1990, the sun set at 4:28 p.m. local (EST) time. (All times cited are p.m. Eastern Standard Time, unless noted otherwise.) The air was clear and cold. But a high relative humidity near the ground of approximately 95 per cent gradually turned into a thin haze extending from the ground to an altitude of several thousand feet. There were only a few scattered clouds present at between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. At 7:30, co-author Bernard Guenette and a Mr. P. Lachapelle were in Old Montreal walking near the corner of Sainst-Sulpice Street and Rue de Bresolles, about ten city blocks east-south-east from the Hilton. They noticed many fire-trucks, police cars and other emergencyl vehicles, and a commotion nearby which blocked the road; a practice fire alert was underway. Bernard happened to glance directly upward and saw a small greenish Aurora Borealis-like phenomenon with long streamers extending out from it, which did not move during the thirty to sixty seconds they looked at it. Both men felt that the phenomenon was at a very high altitude. All of the other orginal eye-witnesses to the object were located on the seventeenth-floor rooftop of the International Hilton Bonaventure Hotel (hereafter referred to simply as the Hilton) in central downtown Montreal, which boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool and other facilities. An American woman tourist was swimming in the pool, and she was the first to sight the strange lighted object, directly overhead in the night sky, at about 7:15. Later, she described it as having an oval shape with a yellowish colour. She then notified Mrs. L.S.P., the hotel's pool lifeguard, who alerted the hotel's security officer, Albert Sterling, at about 7:30. He arrived at about 7:35 and also looked up at the large object hovering in the 'almost cloudless sky', and soon (7:38) telephoned the Montreal Urban Community Police Station No. 25 for assistance. His first impression was that it was 'fallen debris from the sky, a satellite or other space object'. He also tried to call the Montreal Dorval International Airport to ask what the object could be, but the line was busy. Meanwhile, between 7.30 and 7.35, Mrs. L.S.P. called La Presse newspaper office and also urged other guests to come outside to look at the apparition. Mr Sterling said that the object ws situated over the south-east corner of the pool and that there were about twelve people present at that time. There were about twelve people present at that time. There were as many as seventy-five people present during the entire period the object was visible, according to Mrs. L.S.P. At 7.55, after the object became brighter, Mr Sterling telephoned the Police Station a second time. At 8.00, Marcel Laroche, the first of three journalists to be involved, arrived from the newpaper La Presse. Officer F. Lipp=82 of the MUCP was dispatched at 8.07 and arrived at about 8.11. He spoke with Mr Sterling and looked at the object himself. Later (in MUCP file #25-901107-059), he described what he saw as three yellowish lights, from each of which a single beam of light emanated. The object itself was luminous and round and did not appear to move. Officer Lipp=82 Mr Laroche and Mrs L.S.P. all saw a small ('Cessna-type') private aircraft fly directly beneath the clouds and much farther below the object. Officer Lipp=82 felt that the object was '...much higher than the plane' and Laroche estimated that the aircraft was at an altitude of 1,200 feet above ground level (AGL). Mrs L.S.P. and Mr Laroche referred to the aircraft as 'miniscule' in relation to the aerial object. (non-scheduled private aircraft must maintain a vertical clearance of at tleast 1,000 feet above the highest obstruction within a lateral radius of 2,000 feet. Mount Royal, with an altitude of 1,199 feet, is the highest point near downtown Montreal and is located 1.3 miles north-west of the Hilton. It has radio and tv antennas on its top so that the minimum legal flight altitude is 1,200 feet AGL. In addition, private aircraft may not fly above 2,000 feet altitude unless the plane is 'instrument flight rules' (IFR) equiped and the pilot is rated to fly in 'instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), due to potential interference with air traffic to and from Dorval Airport. Most private pilots between 1,500 and 1,800 feet.) Jules Beliveau, another La Presse journalist, received a letter (dated 8 November 1990) from a Fran=87ois Chevrefils who said that his friend (Mr Jean --) witnessed the object sometime between 7.30 and 8.00 from his small plane. Although he completed a MUFON sighting form, he declined any further interviews, and may not have been the pilot of the small aircraft that was seen. At 8.15, a mother and her daughter drisving on Champlain Boulevard in south-west Montreal, near the Douglas Hospital, reported seeing two large white spots of light in the sky along with a number of smaller lights which did not appear to move and were silent. This sighting location is about 4.2 miles west-south-west from the Hilton. Officer Lipp=82 telephoned Sgt Masson at 8.20 for back-up and at 8.30, Masson arrived on the Hilton rooftop. Overwhelmed by the appearance of the object, Masson Called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at 8.44. Inspector Minkoff of the RCMP said that Inspector Morin would be assigned to handle the case. Meanwhile, Officer Lipp=82 telephoned the MUCP's District Director, Denis Pare, who immediately telephoned the RCMP for 'in situ assistance'. Lipp=82 also called the control tower at Dorval International Airport. He was informed (at 8.52) that he was not the first to call about the strange objecst and that nothing was seen on the airport radar. Almost simultaneously, Sgt Letendre, telephone operator at the RCMP Operations Centre, also called the Dorval airport and was reffered to the Flight Path (Plans de Vol) Department. Mr Laroche returned to his car for his personal 35 mm camera between 8.30 and 8.45 and returned to the rooftop of the Hilton. At 9.00, Mr B=82liveau and Robert Mailloux, both La Presse journalists, arrived at the Hilton. Late, Mr B=82liveau described seeing what is sketched in Figure 4. Because of the earlier telephone call by Sgt Masson for more assistancem Denis Pare arrived at 9.00. Investigator Morin of the RCMP was also dispatched to the scene. However, before leaving his home, he called Major Thompson (commander of military operations of Canada's Department of National Defence - St. Hubert base) to discover whether or not military operations were being held in the area. He was told they were not. The Photographs It was between 9.00 and 9.05 when Mr Laroche took the first of several photos with his camera. When he realised that the conditions were so dark that the photograph might not come out, he called a photographer at La Presse, using his cellular telephone, for advice, and was told to stabilise the camera on a bench near by and to use a 30-second manual exposure. The second exposure was taken about two or three minutes later. Co-author Bernard Gu=82nette contacted Mr Laroche on 8 Aprile 1991 in order to inspect the photographs and negatives. Mr Laroched said, 'I have received no communications from any officials - Defence Department, RCMP or Montreal UCP - about any aspects of this event.' Mr Laroche was employed by La Presse as a journalist and not as a photographer and, therefore, owns all rights to the photographs he took. Nevertheless, he has not tried to capitalise on this fact to date. Mr Laroche mailed Dr Haines frames containg the two UFO photos, as well as some additional (unrelated) frames from the same roll of film. One of the two photographs was published with an article in an edition of La Presse, which stated: 'Mr Sterling described some clouds in the sky. The lighted object had six lights on the perimeter of a large circle with a ray of light emmitted from each one. Most witnesses described the rays as white, while some also claimed they saw blue, yellow and red lights. 6 Further Developments Having been called at his home, RCMP Faction Officer, Inspector Luc Morin (General Inquiries Department, RCMP), arrived at the Hilton at 9.30 and also saw the object; his description is very similar to that shown in Figure XX. At about this time, all three journalists left for their offices at La Presse to write the articel which appeared on 8 November. Personnel from the Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) and the Canadian Security Service (CSIS) may also have been present along with the RCMP and MUCP, according to a witness who was qualified to make this observation. Also present on the rooftop at 9.40 was another Hilton Hotel guest, an Air Canada Pilot. He remarked that he estimated the altitude of the object was between 8,000 and 10,000 feet, although the cloud ceiling was at about 3,500 feet at the time. Thoughtfully, Officer Lipp=82 contacted the superintendent of a forty-five-story commercial building being built across the street to the west of the Hilton (at 1000 de la Gaucheti=8Are) to turn off all the intense lights which were located on the top of a construction crane. As was expected no inluence was noticed on the appearance of the object when these lights were extinguised. There is no possibility that the object was a direct or indirect result of these construction lights shining upward on to the bottomof clouds due to the very great difference in cloud base height above the top of the building. Likewise, the calculated angle (from vertical) from the top of the Hilton to the top of the forty-five-story commercial building was about 60 degrees, which is much lower than the object. As Officer Lipp=82 was telephoning Lt Proulx of the MUCP's Survey (monitoring) Department at 9.45 for a video camera to be brought to the Hilton, Officer O'Connor arrived from the MUCP's Judicial Identity Department in order to take photographs with his 35mm photographic camera. (Officer Michel Cote of the MUCP Survey Department arrived at the hotel at 10.20 with a camcorder but the object was no longer visible, so he left again). No photographs were taken, however, because 'the clouds were too thick', even though the object was still faintly visible to the eye. He did not try to obtain a low-contrast image using a very long exposure (as the journalist had successfully managed to do). Investigator Morin telephoned the Montreal Headquarters of the RCMP at 9.58, some twenty-eight minutes after he first saw the object, to request more assistance in order to 'solve this mystery'. Morin stated that the object disappeared from sight at about 10.10, due to increasingly dense cloud cover. If true, this suggests that the object remained at a constant altitude while the cloud base became lower and lower, but this is impossible to verify. The cloud base was about 3,600 feet above ground level (AGL), very opaque, and from 4,000 to 5,000 feet thick, when the object was last seen. Mr Sterling later estimated that by about 10.00, the object had moved to a position above the north-west corner of the pool. Inspector Morin left the Hilton at 10.10; the MUCP policeman left at 10.30. Mr Sterling's estimate of the visual (angular) size of the object's body (see fig XXX) is inconsistent with his statement that the object moved from the south-east to the north-west corner of the pool during the course of the entire sighting period. If the object was at an altitude of even 3,000 feet and subtended an angle of 20 degrees, it would be 1,058 feet across. A horizontal movement of such a large object of only 65 feet, the diagonal dimension of the swimming pool, is only 6 per cent of the objects width. This very small movement, extended evenly over two-and-a-half-hour period, very likely would be perceptually invisible. It is more likely that his estimate of the objects position was in error and influenced by where he was standing when he made these judgments. A Mr Pierre Caumartin said that while he was driving home from work between 10.30 and 11.00, he saw some 'very odd lights, a strange luminous object in a boomerang shape low in the sky at about the level of the clouds'. Its lights wwere 'very big and strong'. He thought that it might have illuminated the interior of his car. Upon arriving near his home in the eastern section of Montreal, not far from the Longue-Pointe Military Base, he watched the object hover near the Hydro-Quebec Longue-Pointe power station, which receives 12,000 volts of electricity. When he got out of his car, he heard a 'purring' sound, and thought the object was a dirigible with only a gondola visible below the cloud base. His total sighting lasted from ten to fifteen minutes. The Longue-Pointe Military base is the largest military base of the Montreal Canadian Forces Garrison, with forty-eight regular units and detachments, of about 1,900 persons, twenty-five reserve units with 3,000 persons and ninety-seven cadet corps with 7,500 persons. It also supports three military schools. No one at the base could be found who saw the aerial object on November 7. A power failure (hors tension) was experienced between 11.08 and 11.50 at the Longue-Pointe Military Base. The base is recieves a 12,000 volt feed from the Hydro-Quebec Longue-Pointe power station. It is the only one which broke down on November 7 1990 between 11.08 and 11.50. A check of the operating records of telecommunications networks, amateur radio operators and telephone circuits during the evening of November 7 1990 did not uncover any unusual malfunctions. In summary, all of the professionally trained eye-witnesses inspected the luminous, stationary object for between one and two-and-a-half hours; yet no one was able to obtain any photographic, magnetic, radio frequency, microwave radiation or other 'hard' evidence of the aerial object, or even request that an aircraft be sent up to investigate. One has to ask how long an unusual aerial phenomenon must remain stationary and in plain sight in order to evoke an adequate scientific and/or technical analysis response. This is yet another reason why traditional science has not become involved in UFO studies.
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