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Pilot Offers Earthly Explanation For UFO Sighting

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:51:41 -0400
Archived: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:51:41 -0400
Subject: Pilot Offers Earthly Explanation For UFO Sighting



Source: The Ottawa Herald -  Ottawa, Kansas, USA

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Pilot Offers Earthly Explanation For UFO Sighting

Homewood man reports incident similar to motorist's sighting
near Ottawa

By Cleon Rickel
Herald Senior Writer

An Ottawa pilot thinks he has an explanation for a hovering disk
seen near Ottawa north of I-35 Sunday afternoon. However, an 18-
year-old Homewood man said he also saw exactly the same disk in
the same location -- but a year before.

The Overland Park man was driving south on I-35 about five to 10
miles northeast of Ottawa early Sunday afternoon when he saw an
white-silver spherical object, which he described as a quarter
at arm's length.

The quarter-like object tilted until it was on edge and then
vanished, he said.

The Ottawa pilot has suggested one explanation for the sighting.
Three pilots who use Ottawa Municipal Airport have older or
home-built small airplanes with unpainted aluminum fuselages and
who often fly on nice weekends, he said.

Such highly-reflective airplanes could been seen as a bright
light in the sky that suddenly vanishes, depending on the
sunlight, a viewer's perspective and the type of turn an
airplane makes, he said.

However, the Homewood man said he doubts the airplane theory.
The man, who like the Overland Park man asked to remain
unidentified but said his name and phone number could be
provided to investigators, said he plans to join the U.S. Air
Force and enjoys watching the sky. He said he is familiar with
airplanes.

"This wasn't an airplane," he said.

The Homewood man said he saw an silvery object in July 2006
while he was southbound along I-35, in almost the same spot. The
details of the two sightings are similar but the Homewood man
described the object as more oval and it vanished almost
immediately after he spotted it. He told a passenger in his car
but she didn't see it because it vanished so quickly.

He said he didn't mention it until he saw a newspaper account of
the sighting this weekend by the Overland Park man.

Franklin County Sheriff Craig Davis said it's rare for his
department to receive individual unidentified flying object
reports and when his office receives such reports, they come in
clusters and can be explained by meteors, the northern lights or
other prosaic phenomena.

A Kansas investigator for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, a
national group that collects and investigates UFO sightings and
activities, said it's rare for his group to receive reports
about UFOs seen during daylight hours.

The Homewood man also said he's had another experience earlier
this month. Shortly after 2 a.m. July 5 at his home, he was in
his backyard looking at the stars with a family member and the
family dog.

He said he was watching a pinpoint of light slowly crossing the
sky high overhead. He said he was sure the object was a
satellite.

However, the spot of light stopped, stayed stationary and then
suddenly ripped across the sky in another direction at what
appeared to be a high rate of speed, he said.

About a week later in his backyard, he said saw a pinpoint of
light behaving in the same manner.


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



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