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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 between Entzheim and Molsheim, in May 2005:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2005-05-00-ENTZHEIMMOLSHEIM-1

Summary:

On June 8, 2005, I received a testimony by e-mail from a reader of my website, who claimed what follows:

In May 2005, at 01:52 a.m. in the night, he and another person were on the highway between the Entzheim Airport and the village of Molsheim in the Bas-Rhin department.

They saw a triangular object with three red lights at each end, completely silent. At the time when it was the closest to their car, it was less than 20 meters away.

The craft made a slow passage and accelerated tremendously, veering or getting up at 90░ on theit right side.

The witness assured that there was no night flights at the airport then, the proof being that all the airport lights were off.

He indicates that the total silence of the object proves it was not a plane, that he is used to takin that road, and as an aviation buff, he knew the sounds produced there by the airliners such as the Fokker 100, Saab, Airbus A320 etc.

He insists that this was not an airplane, and that it was not from the Earth, and thinks that the goal of the object was to be seen because it put on a "show" to them with its slow passsage close of their vehicle.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: May 2005
Time: 01:52 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: June 8, 2005
Reporting delay: Weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Entzheim, Molsheim
Place: Driving by car on the highway between the Entzheim airport and Molsheim, UFO close and low.
Latitude: 48.520
Longitude: 7.547
Uncertainty ratio: 7 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adults or young adults.
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Email to me.
Type of location: Driving by car on highway between airport and village, UFO close and low.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
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: Not a plane, extraterrestrial craft.

Classifications:

Hynek: CE1 or NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, unknown credibility.

Sources:

[Ref. pg1:] WITNESS REPORT SENT TO MY BY EMAIL:

Basic information:

Date written:June 8, 2005
Date received:June 8, 2005
Date published:June 8, 2005
Date of sighting:June 8, 2005
Place of sighting:[Kept confidential for now]
Original language of report:French
Reported using:e-mail
Unreleased information:Name, firstname, 2 email addresses, sighting location
Investigation, additional information:Preliminary investigation offer
Explanation:Not looked for

The received report:

Subject: 2 testimonies
Date: June 8, 2005
From: [eMail Address email]@wanadoo.fr

MAY 2005 1:52 2 WITNESSES TRIANGULAR OBJECT
3 RED LIGHTS AT EACH END OF THE TRIANGLE INCLUDING ONE [Kept confidential for now].
WE WERE ON THE HIGHWAY BETWEEN THE AIRPORT OF [City] AND [Village] ([Department Nr.]) OUGHT TO KNOW NO NIGHT FLIGHTS AT THIS AIRPORT AS PRROF ALL LIGHT EXTINCT.
OBJECT ABSOLUTELY SILENT. (I AM USED TO DRIVE ON THIS ROAD I KNOW THE NOISE OF FOKKER 100 SAAB AIRBUS SERIE A32 AITLINERS. OR BOEING 737 ETC OR ATR AEROPOSTALE ON THIS AIRPORT
MINIMAL DISTANCE FROM OUR VEHICULE LESS THAN 20 METERS
SLOW PASSING BY THEN TREMEDOUS ACCELERATION
VEERING SPEED AT 090 BY PORT NO COMMENT
I AM MUCH INTO AIRPLANES (AIRPLANE FAN) THIS IS NOT AN AIRPLANE THIS IS NOT TERRESTRIAL.

PLEASE CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS
[Other email address]@wanadoo.fr

I THINK THAT ITS GOAL WAS TO BE SEEN BECAUSE OF SLOW PASSING BY NEAR OUR VEHICLE
"IT" PUT OUT A SHOW FOR US

Discussion:

The above map shows the Entzheim Airport, on the right, the village of Molsheim, top left, and the A352 highway on the bottom. The witness did not specify his exact position between the Entzheim airport and Molsheim, we only know they were on the highway somewhere between these two places, and saw the lights of the airport off. Between these two places, the highway trip is almost 10 kilometers long.

It is not possible for me to say much about this observation. This could be totally invented by a prankster. Taken at face value, with a passage at less than 20 meters from the car, the reported total silence, it would be totally pointless to claim that this would nevertheless be a plane or helicopter.

The "less worst trivial explanation" I would propose would be that the car was overflown, followed, by a police helicopter, that would not have been just 20 meters away but more like 100 meters away.

It remains for me and for the time an "unidentified", but with an unknown credibility, and some information is missing: no exact date, no duration, no precise positions, no angular size, no heading, etc.

When I published the story for the first time on June 8, 2005, I, as seen in [pg1], hid the location information, and more. This was in the hope that other testimonies would surface, if they had the correct place, and if the identity of these potential witnesses could be established, there would have been the possibility of matching independent reports or negative reports. But nothing happened (I searched the web again on December 7, 2014 and still found nothing).

Evaluation:

Unidentified, unknown credibility.

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 December 7, 2014 Creation, [pg1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 7, 2014 First published.

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