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James Oberg On O'Hare UFO

From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 15:24:28 -0800
Fwd Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 20:45:21 -0500
Subject: James Oberg On O'Hare UFO


Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 4:55 PM by Alan Boyle



"On the other side, NBC News space analyst James Oberg - a
longtime UFO skeptic - says the evidence that's come to light so
far isn't all that compelling. "It's just sad that we keep
getting these reports which are of zero evidential value," he
told me. "It's sad because there's a lot of strange stuff in the
air that we do need to know.


The O'Hare incident is being taken more seriously than most
sightings because the reports are coming from aviation
professionals rather than untrained onlookers. But Oberg argues
that the professionals don't always make the best eyewitnesses
because they tend to favor flight-related explanations for what
they see. "NTSB investigators say that the worst observers of an
aviation accident are aviation personnel," Oberg said. "It's
because a pilot will usually want to understand what happened,
and in his initial perceptions and later retellings will stress
the facts that support his initial interpretation."

Oberg pointed to a couple of case studies in pilot
misperception, investigated in detail years ago. And just for
good measure, he passed along Web links to a Russian UFO report
from 2001 that sounds similar to the O'Hare incident, plus the
solution to a UFO mystery that came up just last week in Europe.

Oberg said the European case was particularly instructive,
because the specifics about the mysterious glow in the sky
helped investigators quickly figure out that it was most likely
a cloud trail left behind by a Russian rocket launch. Without
such specifics, the O'Hare incident may turn out to be little
more than another "missed opportunity," Oberg said.


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