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O'Hare Sighting Turns Up Curiosity Burns Bandwidth

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 11:39:23 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 11:39:23 -0500
Subject: O'Hare Sighting Turns Up Curiosity Burns Bandwidth

Source: The National Ledger - Phoenix, Arizona, USA


Jan 7, 2007

[Many links in article]

Chicago UFO: O'Hare Sighting Turns Up Curiosity, Burns Bandwidth
By Jeff Freeland

Was there really a UFO at O'Hare in Chicago? In a word - yes. No
matter how one slices and dices the information coming out of
the Windy city's major airport, there was an object that a dozen
or so witnesses saw and it has yet to be identified. Unless of
course you actually believe it was the weather.

That's the description from the FAA. "Our theory on this is that
it was a weather phenomenon," a spokesperson said. "That night
was a perfect atmospheric condition in terms of low [cloud]
ceiling and a lot of airport lights. When the lights shine up
into the clouds, sometimes you can see funny things. That's our
take on it."

Certainly the Chicago Tribune's transportation reporter Jon
Hilkevitch had no clue what kind of bandwidth firestorm he would
unleash on his newspaper's servers when he did the legwork on
this story.

He probably had no choice but to do a follow up and writes in
the Sunday edition:


Covering UFOs seemed to be stretching the definition of my job,
transportation reporting. I looked at the clock on the newsroom
wall and decided to give Mr. Davenport two minutes. But he was
onto something.

The UFO story, published Monday here, became the most-read piece
to appear on chicagotribune.com. It was the top story on the
Tribune Web site for four straight days, garnering more than 1
million page views from people around the world.

The reaction is proof that we live in a curious world. Maybe a
curious universe too.

Indeed we do, and many cannot discount those that are certain
they saw something and were told by the government that no
investigation would be undertaken. Plus it doesn't help when the
first answer out from the feds is that no event took place.

The first Tribune article noted that the FAA originally told the
paper that it had no information on the alleged UFO sighting.
But the federal agency quickly reversed its position after the
newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

An internal FAA review of air-traffic communications tapes, a
step toward complying with the Tribune request, turned up the
call by the United supervisor to an FAA manager in the airport
tower, the FAA said.


I think it is quite clear that these folks saw something.
Hilkevitch's first report noted that some said the saucer-like
object looked like a rotating Frisbee, while others said it did
not appear to be spinning. All agreed the object made no noise
and it was at a fixed position in the sky, just below the 1,900-
foot cloud deck, until shooting off into the clouds.

Was it a big-time hoax? Was it military or was it a visit from
beyond? The curiosity is there, but will we ever know?

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/]

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