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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 Huttenheim, on July 16, 2014:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2014-07-16-HUTTENHEIM-1

Summary:

A non-anonymous male person contacted me by email on July 16, 2014, to briefly report three observations of what he believes were UFOs.

According to his email, one occurred that very morning of July 16, 2014, at 10:39 a.m., from the motorway at the level of "Hittenheim" - probably Huttenheim: a UFO flew over Molsheim in straight line to Rosheim and Obernai and further on maybe, and then accelerated in the same direction while going up to the sky.

My correspondent believes that it was a UFO because according to him a small plane would not have flown that low above Molsheim, and not as fast during the ascent; which a drone could not do either.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 16, 2014
Time: 10:39 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: July 16, 2014
Reporting delay: 11 hours.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Huttenheim
Place: From motorway at the level of Huttenheim, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.359
Longitude: 7.498
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: eMail to me.
Type of location: From motorway, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Day.
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: A UFO, not a small plane, not a drone.

Classifications:

Hynek: DD
ALSACAT: Low strangeness, lack of information.

Sources:

[Ref. pg1:] EMAIL I RECEIVED:

Ufo molsheim

Sent: July 16, 2014, 9:20 PM.

Hello,,i saw,this morning 10:39, from the motorway at the level of hittenheim a ufo above Molsheim fly in straight line until Rosheim and Obernai and maybe further on,,then accelerate in the same directionbut getting higher in the sky,,,i sai ufo because a smal plane woud not fly that low above molsheim and as fast as it was ascendiing,,no drone is able to do that also,,,,,,,also saw 6 orange balls on july 14 at 01h30 in gresswiller,and when i retunred to the car,all the radio stations had change,,, also saw three orange ball on a line above saverne it seems to me, in the noth of may,,,is their a meeting club about these phrnomena in Alsace???thanks

Discussion:

The witness wrote "hittenheim", a nonexistent town; it was probably meant to be "Huttenheim." Since he stated he was on the motorway, at the level of this town, he must have been on the A35, the red dot on the map below:

The UFO was above Molsheim initially and flew south since it is stated that it went on Rosheim then Obernai then further on perhaps. One sees that the motorway has a turn to the right shortly after the closest approach of Huttenheim, so it could have been something much closer; which actually had not moved but would have given that impression because of the turn.

Note that at the beginning of the observation, the witness is at no less than 22 kilometers from Molsheim, and if the thing had really been above Molsheim, it would have been enormous and would certainly not have gone unnoticed in this city; where no report came from that day and time.

As to determine what it could have been ... A balloon, an airliner, an alien spacecraft ... I do not have enough information to tell.

Evaluation:

Low strangeness, lack of 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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 3, 2015 Creation, [pg1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 3, 2015 First published.

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