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1954-1956, Coyron, Jura:

Reference number for this case: 5456-Coyron. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In a special issue of the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit of January 1972, ufologist Jean Tyrode reported a case of undetermined date between 1954 and 1956, in the Jura, near Coyron.

Mr. Prost, farmer in Meussia, between 10:00 and 11:00, was driving on his moped on the departmental road 83 going in the direction of the old bridge of the Pyle which was at the bottom of the valley of the Ain.

He had just crossed the straight line which borders the Coyron sports ground, when at the moment of reaching the turn which terminates this straight line, at which point a dirt road extends the rectilinear part of the road, arriving in view of this junction, he saw before him a little to the right of the road something on the ground, which he first took for a cloud.

It looked a bit like a cloud, but when he thought about it, he decided it was not a cloud. The hue was gray aluminum, perhaps slightly bluish, which made the thing look like haze, but its shape was very clear-cut, elongated, elliptical, flatter below and with rounded ends. This shape was so clear-cut that it was not possible for a cloud of mist.

The dimensions were 3 or 4 meters in length and 1.50 to 2 meters in height.

Mr. Prost was approaching quickly, and he then saw, to his astonishment, the object rising above the ground and going off along the dirt road, quietly moving away from him.

In a few moments, it had disappeared, hidden from the sight of the witness by a wood that it had flown over at low altitude, taking the direction of the valley of Ain following a trajectory oriented substantially north-east towards the Orgelet.

Ufologists Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier indicated in their 1975 book that the full name of the witness was Paul Prost.

Reports:

[Ref. ld1:] JEAN TYRODE - MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

In the ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit" N.100, ufologist Jean Tyrode reports a case of an unspecified date between 1954 and 1956, in the Jura, in Coyron.

The witness, Mr. Prost, farmer in Meussia, between 10:00 and 11:00, was on his "Mobylette" (a moped) on the secondary road D 83 and moved in the direction of the old bridge of Pyle which was at the bottom of the valley of the river Ain.

Having just driven the straight road section which borders the sports ground of Coyron and on the verge of arriving at the turn which finishes this straight section, where a dirt track prolongates the rectilinear part of the road, arriving at this crossroads, he saw in front of him a little on the right of the main road something on the ground, which he first mistook for a cloud.

The thing had somehow the aspect and the colour of a cloud, but thinking about it he felt that it could not be a a cloud. The colour was gray-aluminum, perhaps slightly bluish, and that made it resemble the fog, but its very clear-cut shape drew his attention. The shape was lengthened, elliptic, more flat at the bottom that above and with rounded ends.

The so precise shape was not compatible with a cloud of fog. The dimensions were three or four meters in length and 1 meter 50 to two meters in height.

Mr. Prost was approaching quickly, and he then saw at his amazement the object raise above the ground and go away following the dirt track, moving quietly away from him.

In a few moments, it had disappeared, hidden from the sight of the witness by a wood which it had flown over at low altitude, taking the direction of the valley of Ain following a trajectory directed appreciably towards the North-East in the direction of Orgelet.

[Ref. cg1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

Meussia (the Jura), between 1954 and 1956, at about 10:30. Reference: L.D.N. of January 1972. A farmer of Meussia, Mr. Paul Prost, drive on his motorbike on the Departementale road 83 in direction of the old bridge of Pyle. When leaving a road turn, and rather far in front of him, Mr. Prost sees "a sort of cloud" of gray-aluminum color. While approaching, he realizes that it is actually an object, of elliptic shape, with elongated ends, of a length from 3 to 4 meters, and high of 1 meter 50. lower part of the machine is more punt. Whereas Mr. Prost continues to approach, the machine raised and moved away "gently", flying over a wood at low altitude. Then it took the direction of the valley of the Ain.

[Ref. pr1:] "LE PROGRES" NEWSPAPER:

The mystery of the famous ufos in the Jura

In his book "Les Mystères du Jura " published by De Borée publishers in the end of 2009, Alain Lequien, with an historian's approach, listed the observations of unidentified flying objects (ufos) in the department of the Jura. There was the red ball of fire of Poligny, [...] the close encounter of the third kind of Prémanon, the cigar of the schoolboys of Les Rousses, the multicoloured oscillating object of Dole, [...] the white and luminous phenomenon of Meussia, [...]

[Note: I only noted the 1954 cases mentions from the article.]

Explanations:

I do not have a justified prosaic explanation for this observation report.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Meussia, Jura, Paul Prost, farmer, motorbike, road, object, grey, elliptical, low, slow, landing, bluish

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 15, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 19, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 17, 2010 Addition [pr1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 27, 2018 Addition of the Summary. Separation of the observations in Coyron (Mr. Prost) and Meussia (Mrs. Prost).

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