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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 in the Vosges, Spring 1991:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1991-00-00-VOSGES-1

Summary:

Eric, from the Haut-Rhin, filed his story on the website of the Swiss ufology group GREPI in the 2000s.

He says that in the spring of 1991 around midnight, he was finishing the cleaning of the terrace of his restaurant at 1145 meters of altitude, and saw a yellow car headlight in the forest behind the trees. He thought this was trivial, maybe a hunter or ranger.

Entering the restaurant, he wondered where the road on which the vehicle was traveling could be, and thought that it would not be easy to find in the dark, so that he would think about it the next day.

Puzzled, he went outside again and realized that this headlight was no longer on a path but in the air, in the middle of the valley, at the level of his eyes. He wondered if it was a helicopter, but noted the lack of noise.

The yellow light was coming in his direction, toward the power lines, and he then began to worry about the damage they may suffer.

He returned inside to watch the thing through a little window, and by the time he was inside, it was already behind the window, "watching me."

It was a round, smooth light, like a twin lens of a very bright yellow glare, and the size of a beach balloon. He thought that this was not just an object, that the light made him realize that it was lost and sad to have him scared. He noted that this was difficult for him to tell.

He looked at the thing for two seconds and fled, really scared.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: Spring 1991
Time: ~00:00
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2000
Reporting delay: 1 decade.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: ?
Place: From terrace of mountain restaurant then from behind one of its windows, UFO in the sky then close.
Latitude: 47.990
Longitude: 7.132
Uncertainty ratio: 15 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Young adult ot adult.
Witness(es) types: Male, mountain restaurant worker.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Web report to the swiss ufology group GREPI.
Type of location: From terrace of mountain restaurant then from behind one of its windows, UFO in the sky then close.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: No
Entities: Uncertain
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled, tried explanation, scared.
Witnesses interpretation: Thig with intelligence.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL or CE1
ALSACAT: Unidentified.

Sources:

[Ref. gr1:] WITNESS REPORT TO THE G.R.E.P.I. WEBSITE:

Around midnight ... in the spring of 1991m I was finishing cleaning my terrace (a restaurant at 1145 meters of altitude) and I saw a yellow car headlight in the forest behind the trees ;;;;;;;;; nothing serious, commonplace, a hunter; a ranger ?? and on the way home I wonder where the path on which the vehicle is traveling was ?? in the dark not easy to find ... I will see tomorrow.

This intrigued me, I went back outside and there I realized that this headlight was no longer on a path but in the air, in the middle of the valley, at my eye level ... a helicopter? ?? no noise, nothing ... and this yellow light came toward me, toward the power lines.

I began to worry about the damage that could be incurred.

I went to watch this stuff through a small window ... the time I went inside, he was already at the window looking at me. I say "he" because it was not a simple object !! that glow of a very bright yellow, non blinding, and this is the hardest to say, made me understand that it was lost ... and sad to have to scare me !! I watched it for two seconds and fled !! He had me really scared ... this round glow, yellow, smooth like a twin lens ... and as big as a beach ball !!

Éric (Haut-Rhin - France)

Discussion:

This is a quite extraordinary event for which I see no obvious ordinary explanation. The problem is that it is impossible to ascertain the veracity of the story

There are several mountain restaurant that could match in the Haut-Rhin. At 1150 meters of altitude, we have the ferme-auberge Buchwald at the Petit-Ballon, 68230 Wasserbourg. The closest from it in altitude is, at 1157 meters, the ferme-auberge du Kastelberg in Mittlach on the route des crêtes. The others are at less similar altitudes, such as the Schnepfenried at 1040 meters.

Above: one of the "fermes-auberges" that could match.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 29, 2016 Creation, [gr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 29, 2016 First published.

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