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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 Weckolsheim, on February 3, 1980:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1980-02-03-WECKOLSHEIM-1

Summary:

A listing of UFO sightings by French ufologist Michel Figuet published in 1986 indicates that there was a close encounter of the first kind in February 1980 at 02:50 a.m. in Weckolsheim, reported by the newspaper L'Alsace for 7 February 1980.

A recent website gives the date as February 3, 1980, speaks of one witness and then of three witnesses on a road, having observed an "object, about 80 feet across."

Ufologist Christian Macé, on the web, told it was a whitish flying saucer shape with a blue halo at the bottom, seen by three witnesses in the Haut-Rhin on February 3, 1980. The craft was posed on the road and blocked the way of the witnesses car. They were afraid and drove back.

He added that the ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit" published at the time an investigation into the matter, and it had also been told by a regional newspaper.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: February 3, 1980
Time: 02:50 a.m.
Duration: More than a minute?
First known report date: February 7, 1980
Reporting delay: 4 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Weckolsheim
Place: From a car, UFO on the road.
Latitude: 48.002
Longitude: 7.512
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 3
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: From a car, UFO on the road.
Visibility conditions: Night
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: Frightened.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: CE1
ALSACAT: Insufficient information.

Sources:

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

CASE NR CLASSIFICATION DATE TIME PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCES
934 CE1 ..02.1980 02.50 Weckolsheim [sic] 68600 D3 P. L'Alsace for 2/7/1980, Ufologia #26

[Ref. cm1:] CHRISTIAN MACE":

The same UFO (whitish flying saucer shape, with the same blue halo at its lower portion) was visually seen by 3 witnesses in the Haut-Rhin (Eastern France), on February 3, 1980!

This UFO had landed on the road and blocked the way of their car! They were afraid and turned around...

The French specialized magazine "Lumières dans la Nuit" published at the time an investigation into this affair. The case was also reported by a local newspaper...

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

3 February 1980 02:50

Weckolsheim, Alsace, France

An object was observed. It buzzed a witness. One object, about 80 feet across, was observed by three witnesses on a road for over one minute.

Hynek rating: CE1

Vallee rating: CE1

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

Discussion:

The information available to me so far is obviously totally insufficient, so any explanation attempt would be pointless.

Evaluation:

Insufficient information.

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 May 7, 2015 Création, [mf1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 7, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 7, 2015 Addition [cm1]. In the Summary, addition of the two paragraphs from "Ufologist Christian Macé" on.

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