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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 Masevaux and Lauw, in February 2014:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2014-02-00-MASEVAUXLAUW-1

Summary:

In early March 2014, I found testimony on a website about UFOs.

It said that the observation took place in the Haut-Rhin, in February 2014 - the day was not specified - at 10:40 p.m.

The male witness said it happened "in the woods between Masevaux and Lauw," he was driving the car while his girlfriend was on the phone with the female cousin of the male witness.

He stated: "Suddenly, while my girlfriend was still on the phone, when suddenly her mobile phone went out" - off, or just disconnected, this is not specified. "At the same time a blue / green disc shaped craft passed over my car at an incredible speed! This craft took a path that no plane could reproduce. I looked at my girlfriend, she was in shock I told her: "You saw the same thing I saw?," she replied , "nobody will believe us!"

He gave the length of the observation as about 5 seconds.

And he added: "This moment does not get out of my mind, I had to talk about it even if I'm called a crackpot."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: February 2014
Time: 10:40 p.m.
Duration: ~5 seconds
First known report date: March 1, 2014 or earlier.
Reporting delay: Day to weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Masevaux, Lauw
Place: Driving in a car on the road in the wood between Masevaux et Lauw.
Latitude: 47.766
Longitude: 7.007
Uncertainty ratio: 1.5 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: A man or young man, and his girlfriend.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Web report to UFO website OVNI-France.fr.
Type of location: Road, essentially in the wood, witnesses in movin car, UFO above the car.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: Uncertain
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled, shocked.
Witnesses interpretation: UFO

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified.

Sources:

[Ref. of1:] "OVNI-FRANCE.FR" WEBSITE:

00-02-2014 - (Dép.68) - Observation of a UFO

Date: 02/00/2014

Department: 68 (Haut-Rhin)

Localization: Masevaux

Time: 22h40

Numbers [sic] of witnesses: 2 people

Type of observation: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approxima [sic] duration of the observation: 5 seconds

What was seen: Observation of a UFO

Description of the facts:

We were driving in the wood between Masevaux and Lauw, I was driving while my girlfriend was on the phone with my cousin. Suddenly, while my girlfriend was still on the phone, when suddenly her mobile shuts off. At the same time a blue/green disc-shaped craft passed over my car at an incredible speed! This craft took a path that no aircraft could reproduce! I looked at my girlfriend, she was in shock! I said: "Did you see the same that thing I saw?" She answered: "no one will believe us!"

This moment doesn't leave my mind, I had to talk about it even if I'm called a crackpot..

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Discussion:

Lauw is 2.9 kilometers southeast of Masevaux through the main road D466, the single logical way, and it is largely in the woods. This allowed me to put the geographical coordinates at the central point of this path with an accuracy ray of 1.5 kilometers.

The location looks like this, if the car was indeed in the wooden parts of the road stretch:

Traveling virtually and by day the stretch of road between Masevaux and Lauw to find a nightclub there; which could have used a SkyTracer, I found none.

In Masevaux, there is "Le Phoenix" , 7 Clemenceau square. A SkyTracer there would have been visible, right in front of the road from Lauw to Masevaux. But it is a small bar, not really a nightclub.

Within 20 kilometers of Masevaux there is "La Cigale" in Magny, but well after Lauw, about 24 km to the south; "Chez Brigitte" in Aspach-le-Haut, but 14 km to the east; "Le Capri II", in La Chapelle-sous-Rougemont, 9 km in the South of Masevaux but looking to me as a restaurant. None of these places seems to be the sort who would use a SkyTracer, but who knows... None are really close and visual obstacles on the course, e.g. trees, almost everywhere, make me doubt a distant projector would have been visible "above" the car. But I obviously cannot guarantee anything.

I tried the solution of a discotheque projector with some reasons, as a number of cases in the area were indeed explained that way.

Here, it is hardly convincing, if the UFO indeed flew above the car.

Other possibilities come to mind: a helicopter - but wouldn't it have been heard? Or a blue-colored Chinese lantern.

The failure of the mobile phone is something to note. However this may be a coincidence, a normal loss of network. I know that there are places, villages nearby, where there is no mobile phone network available, but for this particular stretch of road I do not know. If I have the opportunity to make that trip, maybe I could find out that there is a usual loss of network there.

In short, the case remains for me an "unidentified" but not necessarily a "non-identifiable". Angular size, angular velocity, reconstruction at the scene would probably help... But the witnesses being unidentified, I'm stuck.

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
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2014 Creation, [of1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 6, 2014 First published.

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