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January 8, 1954, Monthaleix, Puy-de-D˘me:

Reference number for this case: 8-Jan-54-Monthaleix. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

According to a report of the CIA of April 20, 1954, the regional newspaper Nice-Matin for January 10, 1954, had reported an "unexplained phenomenon in the sky of the Puy-de-Dome:

On the morning of January 8, 1954, the inhabitants of the small hamlet of Monthaleix, in the town of Chambon-sur-Lac, were awakened by the sound of an airplane engine. The noise lasted from 05:30 a.m. to 07:30 a.m.

A large greenish flash was seen and the noise stopped. The ground station of Aix-en-Provence had received no distress call from any plane.

Reports:

[Ref. ci1:] CIA:

CLASSIFICATION [Blackened out]

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
INFORMATION FROM
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS OR RADIO BROACASTS

  REPORT NO. 00-W-29903
  CO NO.: ..
COUNTRY: Denmark, Dahomey (French West Africa), France, Sweden, West Germany, Pakistan, Union of South Africa   DATE OF INFORMATION: 1953-1954
SUBJET: Military; Scientific - Unidentified flying objects  
HOW PUBLISHED: Daily newspaper   DATE DIST.: 20 Apr 1954
WHERE PUBLISHED: As indicated   NO. OF PAGES: 4
DATE PUBLISHED: 2 Nov 1953 - 27 Jan 1954  
LANGUAGES: French, German, Afrikaans, Swedish   SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO.:
[Blackened out] [Blackened out]   THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION
SOURCE: As indicated  

SIGHTINGS OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS

[... (Reports from other countries and France) ...]

UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENON IN PUY-DE-DOME SKY -- Nice, Nice-Matin, 10 Jan 54

On the morning of 8 january, the residents of the small hamlet of Monthaleix, in the commune of Chambon-sur-Lac Department of Puy-de-Dome, were awakened by the sound of an airplane motor. The noise lasted from 0530 to 0730 hours. A large greenish flash was seen and the noise stopped. The Aix-en-Provence ground station had received no distress calls from aircraft.

[... (Next reports)]

Explanations:

This "atypical" incident probably has two ordinary explanations:

1) An airplane, or a rather helicopter, considering the durtaion of the noise, flies around.

2) A meteor enters the atmosphere and causes the green flash.

The data is obviously not precise enough to make my proposal a certainty. But one would certainly agree that this whole incident does not really look like an extraterrestrial visit.

Keywords:

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

Monthaleix, Puy-de-D˘me, multiple, noise, airplane, motor, engine, flash, green, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 28, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 7, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet.".

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