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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Metzeral, on January 18, 1979:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1979-01-18-METZERAL-1

Summary:

According to ufologist Jacques Journot, cited by Christian Valentin, on Thursday, January 18, 1979, in Metzeral, two girls, S., 9-year-old, and E, 11-year-old, were at S.'s home in the kitchen, when they saw from the kitchen window looking to the South a very luminous orange-colored ball. On its left, right and bottom, were three flashing lights, red and yellow.

The object was seen for about fifteen seconds, moving level with the mountain crest.

At 06:30 p.m., E. left her friend S. to go back to her parent's home, distant of only some dozens of meters. S. was looking at her going away from behind the window, and scared, opened the window to call E. because the luminous object had reappeared and was advancing toward her, emitting a humming sound that reminded her of the sound of a bee.

She described the object as an orange disc with three flashing lights on each side, red and yellow, and one on the bottom, yellow.

S. noted during this second appearance that in the center of the object there was a chrome white round, rotating anticlockwise.

The observation lasted about ten minutes.

Jacques Journot, the investigator of the LDLN ufology group, interviewed the two friends separately several times, without noting contradictions in their stories, although he tried to trick them.

Jacques Journot published this investigation he had made early in 1979 in the ufology journal "Lumières Dans La Nuit" #187 for August - September 1979.

Foreign ufology sources say that the UFO was 2 meters wide, and that the girls' eyes hurt after that close encounter.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: January 18, 1979
Time: ~05:00 p.m. and ~06:30 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes.
First known report date: Beginning of 1979
Reporting delay: Day, 3 months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Metzeral
Place: From the kitchen window, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.012
Longitude: 7.071
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 2
Number of named witnesses: 2
Witness(es) ages: 9, 11
Witness(es) types: Local young girls.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Investigation by ufologist Jacques Journot.
Type of location: From inside the kitchen through the closed then opened kitchen window, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Day.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: DD or CE2
ALSACAT: Unidentified.

Sources:

[Ref. mf1:] "FRANCAT" - MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE NR CLASSIFICATION DATE TIME PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCES
887 CE0-2 18.01.1979 5 p.m., 6 p.m. Metseral [sic] 68380 B3 NI LDLN 187 p. 125

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

January 18

1979 - A two-meter wide orange disc-shaped UFO made two passes over two witnesses in Metzeral, France at five p.m.. The UFO made a buzzing sound and had lights at both ends. Both witnesses' eyes hurt after the close encounter. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, July 1979).

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

Jan.18, 1979; Metzeral, France

5:00 PM. A two-meter wide orange disc-shaped UFO made two passes over two witnesses. The UFO made a buzzing sound and had lights at both ends. Both witnesses' eyes hurt after the close encounter. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, July 1979).

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

18 January 1979 17:00

Metzeral, Alsace, France

2m diameter orange disc makes two passes. Makes buzzing sound. Had lights at both ends. Both witnesses' eyes hurt after encounter.

A two-meter wide orange disc-shaped UFO made two passes over two witnesses in Metzeral, France at five p.m.. The UFO made a buzzing sound and had lights at both ends. Both witnesses' eyes hurt after the close encounter.

An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One orange disc, about 10 feet across, was observed by two children in a residential area for 90 minutes. A buzzing sound was heard.

Hynek rating: CE2

Vallee rating: CE2

The sources are indicated as: "Lumieres dans la Nuit, Lumieres dans la Nuit; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002."

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

The former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book about the history of UFO sightings and other flying saucers in Alsace, form the origins until 1980.

In this book, he tells there was a case on Thursday, January 18, 1979, at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jacques Journot published the investigation he did in early 1979, in the journal "Lumières Dans La Nuit" #187 in September 1979.

In Metzeral, two girls aged 9 and 11, S. and E. were at S.'s home, in the kitchen, when they saw through the kitchen window overlooking the south side a very luminous orange ball belted on the left, right and bottom by three flashing red and yellow lights.

The object was seen for fifteen seconds moving close to the mountain crest. At 06:30 p.m., E. leaves his girlfriend and returns to his parents' home a few tens of meters away. S., who looked at her go away though the window, opened the door and suddenly called, frightened because the luminous object had reappeared and was advancing toward her, emitting a humming noise that reminded her of the noise of a bee.

She described the object as an orange disc with three flashing lights on each side, red and yellow, and one yellow light on the bottom). S., during the second appearance notes the presence at the center of the object of a chrome white round rotating in anticlockwise direction.

The observation lasted about ten minutes.

The LDLN investigator had interviewed the two friends separately several times, without "noting any contradiction despite his attempts to trick them."

Discussion:

I hope I can get me the original source sometime; there are in fact many "holes" in the documentation I currently know. This is very unfortunate because the case could be quite interesting.

Thus there is neither distance nor precise timing, no positions, no statement of the girl who was walking home, no details on how the observation ended or clear information on the alleged "hurting eyes" - was it noted by the parents or a doctor or was it a simple physiological effect of emotion?

As it is, I do not want to claim "it was certainly a helicopter, it made a humming sound", especially as a helicopter is not likely to resemble a very luminous orange ball - but I can certainly not claim it was an alien spacecraft ...

Evaluation:

Unidentified.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 4, 2015 Creation, [mf1], [dj1], [ni1], [ud1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 4, 2015 First published.

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