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More Symington Coverage

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 06:40:18 -0400
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Subject: More Symington Coverage

Source: The National Ledger - Apache Junction, Arizona, USA


Mar 18, 2007

Former Arizona Gov. Admits UFO Sighting On Night of Phoenix Lights
By Jon Shanks

Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington ridiculed an unexplained
event that took place in the skies over Phoenix ten years ago.
An event now commonly known as 'the Phoenix Lights' is actually
a compilation of events and unexplained sightings that took
place on March 13, 1997 from the Hoover Dam on the
Nevada/Arizona border all the way to Tucson, Arizona and at
several points in between. The most publicized of the sightings
that night came at around 10:00pm. Many witnesses saw and
videotaped an array of lights that appeared over the desert
southwest of Metropolitan Phoenix including CK Rairden who
contributes to this report. Some believe those lights were
flares, others are not quite so sure. Those bright orbs, and the
other unexplained events of that evening are now commonly known
as 'The Phoenix Lights.'

On Thursday June 19, 1997, Symington said he would order the
Arizona Department of Public Safety to look into the mysterious
lights that were spotted over Phoenix two months earlier. He
called a press conference and television viewers tuned in.
Instead of anything serious Symington introduced a handcuffed
member of his staff in an alien costume as the culprit
responsible for the Phoenix Lights. He pulled off the 'alien
mask' and it was an aide named Jay Heiler.

Many were laughing, others were a bit miffed that the governor
found it necessary to waste everyone's time with such a stunt.
Now in a stunning interview with the Daily Courier in Prescott,
the former governor admits that he was a witness to a UFO on
that night in March. "It was enormous and inexplicable," he said
in an exclusive interview from Phoenix printed in the Courier.
What he saw was a V-shaped craft that witnesses reported seeing
that night throughout the state. "Who knows where it came from?
A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too," Symington said.


The report written by Leslie Kean notes witnesses described the
gigantic triangular and V-shaped unidentified objects as
"gliding slowly and silently across the sky." Witnesses
throughout the state "estimated that the eerie, lighted vehicles
were bigger than many football fields, up to a mile long."

They reported that these were clearly solid, technological
flying machines that blocked out the stars - not merely lights.
So - if Mr. Symington did see this unexplained craft - why did
the governor make a joke of the event? He explains that Arizona
was "on the brink of hysteria" about the UFO sighting at the
time, and the frenzy was building. "I wanted people to lighten
up and calm down, so I introduced a little levity. But I never
felt that the overall situation was a matter of ridicule," he


In the interview Symington says that he called the commander at
Luke Air Force Base, the general in charge of the National
Guard, and the head of the Department of Public Safety to
request an explanation. None of them had answers, and they, too,
were "perplexed", he says.

That explanation jives with what most reports gave in the days
after the event. Broadcast reports after the events of march 13,
1997 asked several officials for an explanation and few were
given. Months later, a member of the Maryland National Guard
claimed that a squadron from that state had been in Arizona and
had dropped 'flares' over the Goldwater Gunnery Range in the
Arizona desert near Yuma. The delay in response, combined with
the thousands of witnesses and the videotapes of the 10:00pm
unexplained lights are what make 'The Phoenix Lights' one of the
largest and most talked about sightings in UFO history.


US Senator John McCain called for an investigation ten years
ago. Now, according to the report, the former governor also
says the incident remains unsolved, and deserves an official
investigation. Don't expect one anytime soon.

CK Rairden contributed to this report

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