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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 Lutterbach, on March 8, 1993:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1993-03-08-LUTTERBACH-1

Summary:

The ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit" reportedly told in their June 1993 issue, that on March 8, 1993, at 9 p.m. in Lutterbach, policemen were called by witnesses, and found the presence of a strange object over the village.

It seemed to be at 200 or 300 meters high and produced a bright yellow light.

It remained motionless for 10 minutes then went to the south-west.

One source says the civilian radar at the airport detected nothing, that the color was orange, that it had overed for about 15 minutes.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 8, 1993
Time: ~09:00 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes or more.
First known report date: June 1993
Reporting delay: Minutes, 4 months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Lutterbach
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.758
Longitude: 7.280
Uncertainty ratio: 4 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: Several.
Number of known witnesses: 0
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adults.
Witness(es) types: Policemen.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit".
Type of location: From city, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Evening.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, but meager information.

Sources:

[Ref. uw2:] "UFOWEB" WEBSITE:

CITIES DEPT LATITUDES LONGITUDES YEARS
Mulhouse 68 47.750 7.333 1993

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN - "BASE OVNI FRANCE":

Lutterbach (68) on 08 mars 1993

General features

Num Base: 1901
Department: Haut Rhin (68)
Place of observation: Lutterbach
Latitude: 47.766
Longitude: +7.283
Date of observation: 08 mars 1993
Hour: 21:00 hours
Duration (HH:MM:SS): 00:10:00
Weather: No weather indication
Type of observation: Visual: Distant
Nbr of witness(es): undetermined number
Official investigation: Yes

Features of the object

Nbr of object: 1
Type of object: Non-defined
Size: Not specified
Color: Jaune
Luminosity: Brilliant
Visual characteristics: No indication
Speed: not defined
Movement/Displacement: By bumps (motionless then d
Object on the ground: No
Instantaneous disappearance: No

Observation

Policemen called by witnesses observed the presence of a strange object over the village. It seemed to be at 200 or 300 m high and spread [sic] a bright yellow light. It stood still for 10 minutes then went south-west.

Sources

Lumières dans la Nuit issue 318

[Ref. is1:] "ISUNDGAU" BLOG:

That blog presents several cases in Alsace they fished on the web, including this one:

March 8, 1993 in Mulhouse-Lutterbach

Policemen on duty of the Mulhouse police station were alerted about a luminous phenomenon. A patrol delegated for the occurrence saw the presence of a large orange-colored spot, visible in the sky at the height of LUTTERBACH. The light persisted for about a quarter of an hour. The airport not detected nothing on the radar.

There is no source reference for this case, cited among other cases. There is simply, at the end of the article, a series of links to several ufology websites and web pages, including a link to the old URL of the home page of my own website.

[Ref. sp4:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
LUTTERBACH Monday 8 March 1993 at 09:00 p.m. information not communicated
Unidentified
yellow
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

What is there to ay about this? The sources I currently have are just extremely meager, providing no details at all. And, oddly given the imvolvement of policemen, there is no trace of the case in the GEIPAN archive as curretly published on their website...

Evaluation:

Unidentified, but meager 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 July 28, 2015 Creation, [uw2], [lc1], [is1], [sp4].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 28, 2015 First published.

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