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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 Molsheim, on April 27, 1996:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1996-04-27-MOLSHEIM-1

Summary:

The magazine "Phénomena" of the ufology group "SOS OVNI" apparently reported a case of April 27, 1996 in Molsheim, mentioning "another witness".

This witness is said to have observed a reddish light, like a setting sun, between 02:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., near the airport of Strasbourg-Entzheim; which disappeared after a few minutes.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 27, 1996
Time: ~02:45 a.m.
Duration: A few minutes.
First known report date: 1996
Reporting delay: Hours, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Entzheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.539
Longitude: 7.628
Uncertainty ratio: 4 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine "Phénomena"
Type of location: Driving on road, UFO in the sky.
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: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Possible airliner or helicopter in landing or take-off.

Sources:

[Ref. bo1:] "BANQUE OVNI" - FRANCK MARIE:

four entries of interest are listed:

1996,04,27 - 02:30 - 067 - Strasbourg-Entzheim* ± 48°32 -7°37

1460 - red light (sunset) near airport - /31263

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

21)

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1996, April 27,

FRANCE, Molsheim (Alsace)

At approximately 01:45 a motorist was reportedly almost overflown while traveling on the D 422 between Molsheim and Marlenheim shortly after Soultz-les-Bains. The phenomenon is described as triangular, with 3 large green light sources at the corners and a red center. From the red source came a beam of red light. The witness did not hear any noise at any time. The phenomenon was heading to Strasbourg at low speed in a SW to NE path and at low altitude.Another witness reports having seen a reddish light, like a setting sun, between 2 h 30 and 3 hours, near the airport of Strasbourg-Entzheim; which disappeared after a few minutes. (Phénoména nR 32 p. 24)

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Discussion:

With such sparse information, it is obviously impossible to know what was seen; let's just note that we are in the vicinity of the Strasbourg - Entzheim airport.

Above: Entzheim seen from the sky.

Evaluation:

Possible airliner or helicopter in landing or take-off.

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 March 8, 2016 Creation, [bo1], [go1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 8, 2016 First published.

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